Shelf Esteem

A new year can bring the desire to freshen up a living or work space and get it functioning in a way that works best for you. Our spaces are a reflection of our lives and can support our daily endeavors and highlight items that hold meaning. Putting time into intentionally organizing a space will ensure that you get the most out of the space you have.

There are some schools of thought that believe clutter and anxiety are tied. Clutter is a visual representation of the mind, which can make your disorganized thoughts feel more stressful.

The steps to reducing clutter can be small—start with a drawer, not the entire home or even an entire room. Tackle a bookshelf and relish the feeling that comes with a task achieved and an organized and clutter-free shelf.

These additional resources can help you find inspiration and encouragement as you embark on your organizing journey.

Decluttering at the Speed of Life – Dana White covers emotional challenges that make decluttering challenging. She acknowledges that minimalism may be trendy, but clutter will exist. Not everyone can or should do a considerable purge.

How to Keep House While Drowning – This is an excellent little book for those of us who are stressed, busy, dealing with physical symptoms, or just plain struggling. Clutter can indeed be stressful, but it is not a moral failing.

Organizing From the Inside Out – Morgenstern's system is a classic that allows you to tackle home, office and life in a customized way.

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning – This kind and humorous book embraces a positive way to downsize your belongings.

The Home EditThe Home Edit walks you through paring down your belongings in every room, arranging them in a stunning and easy-to-locate way, and maintaining the system so you don’t need another do-over in six months. When you’re done, you’ll not only know exactly where to find things, but you’ll also love the way it looks.

The Home Edit Life – In the next phase of the home organizing craze, The Home Edit authors Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin go beyond the pantry and bookshelf to show you how to contain chaos in all aspects of your life, from office space and holiday storage to luggage and pet supplies. Get to know your organizing style, tailor it to your family’s lifestyle, and lead the low-guilt life as you apply more genius ideas to every aspect of your life.

Organize Tomorrow Today – There is a huge difference between knowing and understanding. There is an even wider gap between understanding and doing. Highly successful people never get it all finished in one day, however, they always get the most important things completed. Authors Selk and Bartow offer the eight fundamentals of doing what is most important.

Organize It! – This organizational guide helps readers identify and address problem areas in a home's public spaces, offering a wealth of tips on how to make over kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and other areas by using techniques demonstrated in a range of projects. 

Organization: The Top 100 Best Ways to Organize Your Life So That You Can Be More Productive – It's hard to focus on your goals when you're surrounded by things clamoring for your attention. Discover how you can rid yourself of what does not serve you and cherish the things that imbue your life with peace and joy. Tame the paper tiger and organize your digital environment. Discover how you can quickly and easily determine what to keep and what to throw away.

Organize Your House Bundle: 2 in 1 Bundle, How To Clean and Organize Your House, Eco Friendly – This two-in-one bundle series includes the following audiobooks: How to Clean and Organize Your House: Speed Cleaning, Decluttering, Organizing and Eco Friendly: The Ultimate Guide to Green Living.