The Art of Decluttering

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I love stuff. As a result, I have way too much of it. It sits everywhere taking up space. If I manage to put everything away nice and tidy, within a few days chaos has erupted. I scratch my head wondering how it’s possible as I admiringly watch minimalist Youtubers. I don’t think I will ever become a true minimalist, but owning only things that I love is a goal that I hope to achieve. As any book lover knows, though, decluttering is hard. Every book seems to have sentimental value, even if I’ve never read it. But as I go through my things again and again, it gets a little easier. I’ve learned that memories and dreams are not contained in objects and the amount of things you own does not have to be minimal, you just have to love each and every thing in your possession. Maybe you’re now wondering how you’re supposed to love that vacumm. Of course some things you need because they add practical value to your life. Think about what these items do for you. Maybe you don’t love that clunky vacuum, but I’m sure you love clean floors.

I have also learned that there is no perfect one-size-fits-all decluttering method that will work for everyone. I have gathered here several books detailing different decluttering methods to help you get rid of your stuff in a way that’s right for you. You will find that decluttering can be exhausting, but the rewards, including a clearer head space, will be worth it. Find motivation in these pages, as well as practical advice, to pare down your things and find what’s enough for you. And remember if you ever want to read that book or watch that movie again, you can always come to the library!

The Curated Closet

Lifestyle and minimalist blogger Rees (into-mind.com) walks readers through the process of creating a streamlined closet of pieces that will make them feel confident and inspired every day. This practical guide presents strategies to identify, refine, and express personal style while building a fully wearable wardrobe using mindful shopping techniques.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

A guide to decluttering the home from a cleaning and organization consultant, using the author’s KonMari Method, which focuses on categories of items rather than rooms. First published in Japanese.

New Order : A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else)

This guide fuels a more creative mind with a clearer home. By letting go of the stuff crowding up your space, you will be able to accept new habits and have time for the things you’re passionate about. From the outer clutter of your home to the inner clutter of your mind, this handbook will help make room for artistic inspiration.