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Ever find yourself asking anyone who will listen — your partner, the dog, the dust bunnies in the corner — where the heck did I put my keys/phone/wallet/AirPods/shoes/fill-in-the-blank? Most of us have been there — and some of us have been there more often than we’d like. The good news is a little organization can go a long way.
Organizing your home can help you streamline your stuff and balance your mental state — and no, you’re not too late if you’re reading this after people stop saying “Happy New Year.” It’s always a good time to get started. From sorting out how you spend your time and focus, to cleaning up and personalizing your physical space, to planning out your meals and shopping lists, these books and journals have you covered.
This book is so much more than a guide for how to keep your closet and kitchen drawers organized (though there is that, too). It’s loaded with philosophy that can be applied to your entire life. Gill teaches how to set up your home to support the life you want, but first one must clarify “life values, priorities, and goals.” Yes, prepare to dive deep. The author defines minimalism not as a lack of something but having the perfect amount of something for you. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that this one has a coffee-table-worthy cover.
It’s no secret that we’ve all been living in a vortex of multitasking that increasingly leads to burnout, distraction, and goals that fizzle not long after we start. In this book, Thatcher Wine shares how to take back control of your attention. Welcome back to your life, take a deep breath: You’re about to learn the life changing magic of monotasking.
A whole stack of sticky notes now marks our copy. It’s one of those books you’re going to want to keep referencing throughout your life because the practical tips, tools, and philosophies it contains are just that good. The more we practice doing one thing at a time, we truly do feel we’re doing everything better.
The word “renovation” might be in the title, but this is a book for anyone designing or building a home from scratch, redecorating a rental, or people just in the “thinking about homes” stage.
HGTV star, Jasmine Roth, takes readers on a journey to find their personal style and clearly outlines the pros and cons of flooring types, styles of sinks and doors, and more. There are also checklists, how-tos (you want to learn how to knock down walls right?), and style “menu” ideas for different parts of a house — so if, for example, you want to see ideas for a “vintage craftsman cottage bathroom,” you’re covered.
We’re huge fans of guided journaling and when you’re looking to get organized in life, sometimes it’s not just cleaning the kitchen cupboards that you need. If you don’t know what you’re working toward, what you want to manifest in life, or get sidetracked easily from your goals, then this journal is a great way to reset your intentions daily (or weekly, it’s undated) so you can get clear on your inner landscape. (P.S. Cleaning the kitchen cupboards is a great time to recite your manifesting mantras). They also have many other themed guided journals in their collection.
Burnout is real — raise your hand if you’ve felt either physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual exhaustion lately (and you’re not alone if you said yes to all the above). This book posits that unicorn space — “the active and open pursuit of creative self-expression in any form that makes you uniquely you” — is an antidote to burnout. In other words, creativity is essential to well-being, especially in difficult times. But how to find that unicorn space? Eve Rodsky helps readers reset their mindset and carve out free headspace to do just that. We especially loved the chapter on giving yourself permission to be unavailable, to burn your guilt and shame, and to use your voice.
Organizing is one thing, but cleaning is a whole other game. Our theory? If it’s easier, it’s more likely to get done. This book shows you easy (and natural!) ways to clean everything in your home from doorknobs and furniture to walls, plants, and artwork. Be honest: When’s the last time you washed the inside of your trash can? … Ughm, yeah *raises hand.* You’ll find lists of things to clean and when, whether it be daily, weekly, monthly, or seasonally. It contains recipes for making natural DIY cleaners sans the toxic chemicals with which to wipe, scrub, and polish your home into a peaceful retreat.
Meal planning for the win! Planning out meals and what you need to shop for ahead of time will not only save you money, but help ease that “what am I going to make for dinner tonight” stress. Enter Ruff House: a letterpress stationery print shop located in Lawrence, Kansas, well-loved for their bold designs and high quality products. Their meal planner notebooks are super sturdy, spiral bound, and contain 54 undated weekly meal planning pages with adjacent shopping lists (which are perforated so you can tear ‘em and shop!). We may also be eyeing their recipe books.
You might have a calendar on your wall, but do you have a lunar calendar? Enter this beautiful poster-like one-page calendar that shows the moon phases for the entire year, plus events like eclipses, retrogrades (we see you, Mercury!), and the start of astrological seasons. And if you still need a desk calendar, we highly recommend their desktop lunar calendar, made of super luxurious paper stock and foil details. It comes with a moon cardholder, which can be used to hold all manner of cards after you’re done with your calendar.