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The Best Decluttering Books for Your Home and Your Life

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Learning how to declutter? Sometimes decluttering and organizing your home can seem like too much to handle. On those days (like when I’m staring into my overflowing closet convinced that I have nothing to wear), these are the best decluttering books filled with practical tips to inspire and help you take the first step toward decluttering your home and creating an organized life that you love.

the best decluttering books and resources to declutter your home and life

Whether you’re looking to declutter and organize a specific area in your home or if your entire life needs a clutter overhaul, these books and resources are so helpful!

Best of all, they accommodate all learning styles – whether you prefer audio, visual, or more hands-on lessons, these resources are perfect.

Best Decluttering Programs

Decluttering is a process of eliminating clutter, waste, and things that you don’t need. It can be a time-consuming process, but it will make your life easier.

There are many digital books and resources about decluttering that can be found on the internet. These programs will help you declutter your home by providing tips and tricks to help you get rid of clutter from every room in your house.

Impactful habits, Organized Home

Ready to make decluttering part of your everyday routine? Even if that sounds like a daunting task, the Impactful Habits, Organized Home course is an amazing tool that holds your hand as you declutter every area of your home and create new habits so you never feel overwhelmed by clutter again.

As a bonus, you’ll also get Smart Toy Organization Strategies to conquer your kids’ clutter, in addition to printable organization labels so everything stays neat and tidy long after you’ve decluttered.

ADORE Your Paperwork

Adore Your Paperwork contents of guide to help you organize paper clutter

ADORE Your Paperwork is a printable eBook, including a step-by-step guide and worksheets that will walk you through the exact method to create your very own paperwork system. 

Finally get rid of the paper piles and digital clutter as you create a system that works for your unique needs with the ADORE Your Paperwork digital books.

Best Books on Decluttering Your Home

The following books are excellent resources to create a clutter-free home, even if you’re not a professional organizer.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is one of the most intriguing decluttering books that I’ve read. With the lofty promise that you’ll never relapse if you follow all the principles outlined in the book, the book walks you through decluttering every aspect of your home.

The book has some wonky ideas, like hugging and thanking your clothes before you discard them, but it’s worth reading. Read my full review here.

My favorite part of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was the lesson on how to fold clothes to prevent wear and better organize your dresser drawers. 😉

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

Marie Kondo's Spark Joy ebook

In Marie Kondo’s follow up to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, readers will feel like they’re getting a hug.

After following the sometimes dry lessons in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, readers may feel overwhelmed. But in Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, Kondo answers follow-up questions, discusses the likelihood of “relapsing,” and how decluttering and having a tidy home will spill over into your life.

I loved the message that decluttering and filling your home with only objects that bring you joy can change your life. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed in your own home, Spark Joy is a great book.

Decluttering at the Speed of Life

Decluttering at the Speed of Life book

Dana K. White, creator of the popular website A Slob Comes Clean, wrote Decluttering at the Speed of Life. This book is the lazy person’s guide to decluttering. It’s especially great at dealing with the emotional challenges of decluttering and working through how to get your family members on board.

Joy of Less Journal

Joy of Less Journal

If you like to journal, the Joy of Less Journal, which is based on the bestselling decluttering book, The Joy of Less by Francine Jay, is an excellent resource.

Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning ebook

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning walks you through the purpose behind the decluttering journey. I also like the ideas of how to deal with decluttering items that have sentimental value.

Declutter Like a Mother

Declutter Like a Mother ebook

If you’re an aspiring minimalist, Joshua Becker has many famous books that could be described as the minimalist living guide. However, his approach to minimalist lifestyle might be too much for families.

Instead, I love Allie Casazza’s advice in Declutter Like a Mother. She found that her kids enjoyed playing in a clutter-free room with less stuff and fewer toys, and she talks about exactly how to go through the decluttering process and create a minimalist home that will work for moms.

I listened to the audiobook version of this book in my Scribd account, although you could also grab a free copy of the audiobook with a free 30-day trial to Audible!!

Best Books to Organize Your Life

Feel like your whole life is a cluttered mess? This list of books will help you feel more organized and teach you how to let go of things that don’t serve you.


If you’re looking for a fun decluttering challenge, get the Conquer Your Chaos Bundle. It has both a 30-day decluttering challenge, as well as a Weekend Warrior Challenge for those who want to move a little faster as you declutter around your house.

Bonus points for people who also tackle the “Declutter Your Mind” Workbook and the cleaning guides. 🎉

Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul

Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul by Ruth Soukup

Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup is so much more than a decluttering book. Along with a step-by-step guide to declutter every area of your home (including a meal plan to help you declutter over a weekend), the book even includes advice on how to maintain (or declutter) your friendships.

Unstuffed has practical advice for even the most overwhelmed person to piece together a calmer life. I loved the sections on reducing information clutter.

It also had advice on how to handle gifts with grace (perfect for any parent who feels like their house is going to burst from the amount of kids’ toys).

Outer Order, Inner Calm

Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin is an excellent guide to declutter your personal space in order to create a more peaceful life.

Best Housekeeping and Organizing Books

Cleaning and organizing your home is a task that can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. With all the information on the internet, it’s difficult to find what you need for your specific needs.

This list of books and resources will help you get started.

Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping Home

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping Home book

While not technically a decluttering book, Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping Home is a homemaker’s bible.

In addition to discussing ways to clean or declutter, it explains every aspect of homemaking.

From discussing different ways to care for your laundry (complete with an explanation of the care symbols), diagrams of the best way to fold a fitted sheet, to methods to clean ceramic, wood, and man-made floors, this book covers everything you need to care for your home – including insurance.

I originally checked Home Comforts out of my local library, but quickly realized that this is the kind of book that needs to be on every home’s bookshelf (I ended up buying a used book on Amazon).

Even after reading it from cover to cover, I found myself referring back to it. There’s even a section on wine pairings! 😉

Have these books, courses, and challenges inspired you to have an organized home? Which one do you need the most?!?

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Sue at Blu

Thursday 10th of March 2022

What great resources! Pinned!


Monday 7th of March 2022

Thanks for these book recommendations. I've read one of Kondo's books. I'll have to check out the others.


Friday 7th of October 2016

Thank you for the recommendations! I've heard good things about the first one you mentioned, and I'll have to check out the others too. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!

Alison Lange

Sunday 9th of October 2016

I found the tips really useful in "The Life-Changing Magic," but "Spark Joy" took it to another level. I hope you love the rest!