I'm all about having a summer reading list. There's nothing like catching up on some good books during the lazy days of summer. Of course, I'm a lover of all things organizing, but let's be honest, when I'm soaking up the sun or sitting poolside, those how-to or quick fix organizing books can be a tad dry. Now I'm not saying we should stock our beach bag with trashy romance novels, but there can be a happy medium for fun and learning.
Here are some organizing books that are actually interesting and have a plot to them. They're not step-by-step books, but rather have subtle lessons on organizing through their captivating story lines. Here are my picks:
Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother's Compulsive Hoarding by Jessie Sholl
"Dirty Secret is a daughter’s powerful memoir of confronting her mother’s disorder, of searching for the normalcy that was never hers as a child, and, finally, cleaning out the clutter of her mother’s home in the hopes of salvaging the true heart of their relationship—before it’s too late."
Junk: Digging Through America's Love Affair With Stuff by Alison Stewart
"Junk details Stewart’s three-year investigation into America’s stuff, lots and lots and lots of stuff. Stewart rides along with junk removal teams from around the country such as Trash Daddy, Annie Haul, and Junk Vets. She goes backstage to a taping of Antiques Roadshow, and learns what makes for compelling junk-based television with the executive producer ofPawn Stars."
Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act by Barry Yourgrau
"Mess is the story of one man’s efforts to learn to let go, to clean up his space (physical and emotional), and to save his relationship."
Crime and Clutter by Cyndy Salzmann
"A storage unit, a 1963 Volkswagen minibus, and tattered letters...reveal shattering secrets from the '60s. Includes fun, easy, and tantalizing recipes!"
Stuffocation: Why We've Had Enough of Stuff and Need Experience More Than Ever by James Wallman
"Stuffocation is a movement manifesto for “experiential” living, a call to arms to stop accumulating stuff and start accumulating experiences, and a road map for a new way forward with the potential to transform our lives."
Killed by Clutter by Leslie Caine
"Interior designer, Erin Gilbert can’t help but fall in love at first sight with her newest design job – a delightful little bungalow set on a quiet street. What looks neat and tidy as a postcard from the outside, looks like Hurricane Clutter on the inside! Once Erin realizes that there is, indeed, some method to her client’s madness – she knows she’s going to have to dig deep to find a clue to the killer…lest she find another dead body!"
I'm happy to report I've read all but 2 out of the 6 books (Junk & Killed by Clutter) and enjoyed them. Of course, I borrowed them all from my local library because buying them would have meant cluttered bookshelves!
Which one might you pick up?