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The best books on organization for your home, time and life

I have a complicated relationship with the organization. This is true when it comes to my home, my time, and my life as a whole. The organizing process does not bring me joy, but the functionality of an organized home and life is extremely beneficial to me. Over the years, I’ve picked up organization tips and habits that work really well for me. Much of the most useful information I’ve found comes from one specific source: books.

Today I am sharing three of the best books on organization that have helped me live a more orderly life.

These books are accessible and full of practical advice. It’s not about striving for perfection, it’s about finding out what works best for you as an individual.

For more information on the topic of home organization systems, read our April themed post.

1. How to keep the house while drowning by KC Davis


If you are at a point in your life where you are just trying to survive or are going through a crisis, this is the book to read. It’s also extremely helpful for people like me who have ADHD. KC’s organizing and cleaning tips are super realistic and accessible. She describes the act of organizing and cleaning as “morally neutral,” meaning that having a clean house (or not having a clean house) doesn’t make you a good or bad person. I find this mindset very useful. He is also an awesome person to follow on TikTok!

2. Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkemann


This book is all about figuring out how to organize your precious time by prioritizing and respecting the things that are most important to you. An excerpt from the book’s description reads: “Rarely do we make the connection between our daily struggles with time and the ultimate time management problem: the challenge of how best to use our four thousand weeks. Drawing on insights from ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers, Oliver Burkeman offers an entertaining, humorous, practical, and ultimately insightful guide to time and time management. The premise of this book may seem a bit bleak, but I found that facing the reality of my limited time in life helped me focus on my true priorities. I am grateful that they recommended this book to me when they did.

3. atomic habits by James Claro


I have written about the power of this book to years and I started reading it again recently. This book is about defining the habits that will improve your daily life and better organizing your days around them. It has helped me identify the areas in my life where I am reaching my goals and the areas where I am falling short. It helped me figure out little ways to improve areas that fall into the latter category in a way that it’s not about perfectionism.

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