Books and Reading

Housekeeping Books

As I have gotten older, I realize that one area I did not know much about what keeping a house. I sought to remedy that and bought numerous books on the topic. In reality though, I found them to be too large and daunting. Some of them I have not read and still sit on my shelf today. I may at some point remedy that but for now they sit there reminding me of what I thought I needed to know. What I am sharing with you today are smaller books on the topic that helped shape the way I think about cleaning, organizing and running a “house” (in my case it is actually apartment, but the basic principles remain).

Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenrider

This book is a good one for theories of thinking about your house in a minimalist way. Also I found it helpful for decluttering and deep cleaning in a way that makes your house feel organized and clean and gives you a fresh start. I also appreciated her ideas on green cleaners.

The Pie Life by Samantha Ettus

This book is more of a mindset book. I found it interesting, but to be honest I did not find it was the book for me, but it may be the book for you. The author addressing ways of trying to “do it all” and not lose your mind in the process. I am more of a less is more gal myself but if you really do want to try to do it all this book may give you strategies to help.

Simple Matters by Erin Boyle

I found this book to be wonderful. I love her ode to minimalism and her advice for ways to do it practically. I appreciated her ideas to start where you are and make small steps. She also addresses cleaning and acquiring possessions in a way that they will have staying power and will last the long haul.

Bloom by Éstee Lalonde

This book is more a way to think about how to think about decorating your home. I found it an book that encourages you to be yourself and to find your own way. She shows you how she found her path as an example to help you find your own.

Notes on a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenrider

This book is a memoir book, where the author expounds on her ideas for how to live a life that is more intentional. She discusses her thoughts around changing her life in ways that are meaningful. I found it to be a wonderful read and I enjoyed her thoughts on meal planning and making small steps in the right direction (which is whatever direction you decide matters to you).

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

This was the first book I read that made me want to take action and have less. I found this to be a useful book to a degree. After the fact I did not follow it completely and I take some of it with a grain of salt, but I did find it to be a helpful starting point. Once we had less stuff we were able to continue decluttering on our own, this just set us down the path.


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