The Best Books On Getting Rid Of Clutter

The Books I Picked & Why

Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home

By Lauren Rosenfeld, Melva Green

Breathing Room: Open Your Heart by Decluttering Your Home

Why this book?

I love the concept of being able to breathe easier in life and at home. The first part of this book is about getting clear on the intention of decluttering each room. I appreciate that each chapter offers a blessing for that room as well. The second part of the book dives into spiritual decluttering: heart, mental and emotional clutter, relationships, roles, and responsibilities. I particularly love the concept of passing your clutter through the three gates of meaning: "Is it true to my intentions? Do I use it? Is it kind to my heart and spirit?" I enjoyed the gentle nature of this book.


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Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui: Free Yourself from Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Clutter Forever

By Karen Kingston

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui: Free Yourself from Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Clutter Forever

Why this book?

As I age, I am all about increasing my energy. I rarely read books twice, but this book is on my short, repeat-worthy list. It had a large impact on my life the first time I read it. However, I find clutter continues to accumulate gradually over the years. So, I recently read the book a second time and dug a little deeper. Kingston has a unique approach in dealing with clutter describing how energy can become stuck and that stagnation can affect you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I enjoyed a boost of energy each time I read the book and did the work. In a few more years, I may read it once again!


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Inheriting Clutter: How to Calm the Chaos Your Parents Leave Behind

By Julie Hall

Inheriting Clutter: How to Calm the Chaos Your Parents Leave Behind

Why this book?

Sometimes I just need a major kick-in-the-butt motivational book. In 2020, author Julie Hall renamed her previous book entitled Boomer Burden: Dealing with Your Parents Lifetime Accumulation of Stuff. The content is the same, but the title and cover changed. Julie Hall is a personal property expert, who wishes to show you how to clear a family home and minimize family feuds. The book is filled with excellent advice and guidance and also a few horror stories to motivate the reader to take positive action sooner than later. It is a wake-up call if you need one!


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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

By Margareta Magnusson

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

Why this book?

The title of this book may sound heavy, but I found reading it felt physically and emotionally light. The author is almost whimsical as she describes her own death cleaning. She describes herself as somewhere between eighty and one hundred years old. Her stories reflect the wisdom of her age and her words exude softness in a topic that can feel hard. I recommend the book for anyone who a daunted by the prospect of getting rid of a lifetime of accumulated stuff.


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The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

By Joshua Becker

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

Why this book?

I like this pick as a good beginner book to start on the path of decluttering. You may have no interest in minimalism, but the author does an excellent job describing the benefits of it. He also breaks down consumerism for each generation and discusses the tools of marketers. I appreciated his thoughts on a better way to get rid of your stuff by giving it to charities in need. Joshua Becker has written multiple books on this subject including Clutter Free with Kids. He is an active blogger and this is an excellent guide to reducing your stuff. I found his work lays a solid foundation on the merits of clearing clutter with guidance and support through the process.


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