I have a complicated relationship with organization. This is true when it comes to my home, my time, and my life as a whole. The organization process does not bring me joy, but the functionality of an organized home and life is extremely beneficial for me. Over the years, I’ve picked up organization tips and habits that work really well for me. Much of the most helpful information I’ve found has come from one specific source: books.
Today I’m sharing three of the best books on organization that have helped me live a more orderly life.
These books are approachable and full of practical advice. They’re not about seeking perfection—they’re about figuring out what works best for you as an individual.
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1. How to Keep House While Drowning by KC Davis
If you’re at a point in your life where you’re just trying to survive or are going through a crisis, this is the book to read. It is also extremely helpful for people like me who have ADHD. KC’s organization and cleaning tips are super realistic and approachable. She describes the act of organizing and cleaning as “morally neutral,” meaning that having a clean home (or not having a clean home) does not make you a good or bad person. I find this mindset super helpful. She’s also an amazing person to follow on TikTok!
2. Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman
This book is all about figuring out how to organize your precious time by prioritizing and honoring the things that are most important to you. An excerpt from the book’s description reads, “We rarely 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 the insights of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers, Oliver Burkeman delivers an entertaining, humorous, practical, and ultimately profound guide to time and time management.” The premise of this book can feel a bit bleak, but I’ve found that facing the reality of my limited time in life has helped snap my true priorities into focus. I am thankful that this book was recommended to me when it was.
3. Atomic Habits by James Clear
I’ve written about the power of this book for years and I started reading it again recently. This book is about defining the habits that will enhance your everyday life and better organizing your days around them. It has helped me identify the areas in my life where I’m meeting my goals and the areas where I’m falling short. It’s helped me figure out small ways to improve the areas that fall into the latter category in a way that isn’t about perfectionism.
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Kate is currently learning to play the Ukulele, much to the despair of her husband, kids, and dogs. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.