Today, I want to talk about the 5 must-read books for fans of decluttering, organizing, getting things done and feeling the best you can!
All of these books have highly influenced my outlook on life and I am 100% convinced that they can help you shape your life this year and transform it into something amazing!
Those reads are picking up what I believe are the biggest lifestyle trends this year: simplify, organize, and live joyfully.
Check out our list below to start creating a more serene and meaningful life!
1. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Marie Kondo)
Being a Certified KonMari Consultant, my pick of the first read is self-explanatory. As the title says, this book is life-changing. This book is revolutionizing the way we think about tidying. This #1 New York Times Bestseller was followed by Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on The Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. Needless to say, these books have been taking the world by storm. With over 6 million copies sold worldwide and translated into 40 languages, this method is certain to transform people's lives. With her revolutionary step-by-step guide, Marie Kondo introduces her readers to the "Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing", leaving their homes decluttered, organized, tidy and full of joy.
Using the KonMari Method, we declutter and organize by categories, each item at a time. By holding each item in your hands, you will ask yourself "Does this spark joy?" and only keep the ones that do. As a result, you will surround yourself with only things you love and discard everything that no longer sparks joy or serves a purpose. Kondo’s philosophy goes deeper than just tidying, her method can be applied to your entire life and that’s what makes it so valuable. And as Marie says:
"The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life" (Marie Kondo).
2. The Joy of Less – A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify (Francine Jay)
Yes, you read correctly: it can feel joyful to have less! This guide written by Francine Jay, aka Miss Minimalist, uses methods and ideas from the Minimalism movement and focuses on creating a simpler, more serene life. This book can help you in your approach to simplify your life and make you happier.
Amongst others, it provides information and steps on “How paring down can make you happier” and “How living lightly can help save the planet”. It also helps you to detach from your stuff, a process that is not always easy. This book is a highly inspiring read for those who are looking for a starting point and easy to follow guide on how to achieve a clean, serene and clutter-free home.
3. The More of Less - Finding the Life you Want Under Everything You Own (Joshua Becker)
I believe that “Your true self is hidden underneath the clutter”. As an advocate for Minimalism, Joshua Becker shows us what happens when you actually go and remove layer by layer of unnecessary objects and clutter. According to Becker, stuff is “robbing us of life”. And he is absolutely right when he claims that the items we buy actually distract us from being our true selves. If you are interested in this topic and want to learn more about how consumerism can prevent us from connecting to our true self, check out my previous blog post on: 5 Life Lesson from a KonMari Consultant.
Becker’s book is a very in-depth and practical approach that teaches you to “recognize why you buy more than you need”, and how you can “discover greater contentment, less envy and more joy” by owning and buying less. Trust me – your mind and your wallet will thank you! Becker’s own story and his path are inspirational and his analysis of our society and relationship to materialism are definitely eye opening.
4. The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy (Chris Bailey)
With all those book suggestions focused on decluttering, minimizing and understanding what’s important in life, one thing that can still be difficult is to motivate yourself and get going! Productivity ensures that you actually put the change you want into practice. Chris Bailey’s book might be just what you need. His approach is not only about being more productive when it comes to your tasks; it is also about living a better life!
This book includes items such as “slowing down to work more deliberately”, “shrinking or eliminating the unimportant”, “the rule of three”, as well as “striving for imperfection”. Because let’s face it – done is better than perfect! Try out some of his best practices for productivity and there will be no limit to what you can get done!
5. 88 Chinese Medicine Secrets: How the Wisdom of China can help you to stay healthy and live longer (Angela Hicks)
Once we have taken care of our outer space, mental space and cleared our to-do list in a productive matter, what’s left? Looking after our bodies of course! Just like space and mind, we can declutter our bodies. I recently discovered this great book, which is also more of a guideline of handbook about how to use elements of Chinese medicine to improve your overall health and your life energy: your Qi!
According to Chinese medicine, everybody is born with a certain amount of Qi, which is used up during the span of our life. Therefore, we have to make wise decisions when it comes to our health and how we live our life. Unhealthy habits and improper nutrition can use up your life energy, leaving you feeling weak and unhappy. Angela Hicks offers an insight into 88 secrets that can help you nourish and protect your body and your health and generally make you feel more joyful and energized.
And let’s be honest – when it comes to nutrition, we can all use a few improvements here and there, right?
I would love to know: Do any of these books match your goals and themes for 2017?