7 Books That Will Spark Joy by Helping You Declutter

According to Mari Kondo, if something in your home doesn’t bring you joy, then it’s time to get rid of it.

Dramatic? A little. Wrong? Not entirely.

Everyone knows that you can learn to spark Joy with Marie Kondo thanks to her now famous The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up — but there are so many other books that can help encourage you to declutter your home, and give you the tools necessary to do so.

The first and most challenging hurdle when it comes to decluttering, however, is finding the motivation to do so. What’s more inspiring than an immersive book that sucks you in and, well, sparks joy?

There is no denying the emotional and physical weight that will be lifted when you declutter your home. Whether you utilize junk removal services to get rid of chunky appliances or just donate some old books and clothing, getting rid of anything is a move towards change and reclaiming your space.

There are tons of books on store shelves that are packed with valuable tips, tricks and concepts to help you clean out your home — here are some of the best ones:

An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

By: Marie Kondo

Yes, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has a sequel, and it is just as inspiring and eye-opening as its predecessor.

All these MariKon-isms just beg the question, where did Mari Kondo come from? The cleaner-upper has a lot to say about minimalism — but everyone knew that already.

The Joy of Less

By: Francine Jay

There’s a lot to love about this self-published bestseller. In her book, Francine Jay explains her piecemeal philosophy on decluttering, which is more of a step-by-step process than a “purge at all once” approach that other books may take.

This book helps to inspire readers to not only clean their home but to establish positive cleaning and organization habits that will help them in the long run.

Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff

By: Dana K. White

Dana White understands that the first step to decluttering your home is identifying your attachment to items and why this clutter amalgamated in the first place.

Decluttering at the Speed of Life

This book will help you handle clutter by getting to the root of the problem and setting realistic expectations and goals for your space.

Your Spacious Self: Clear the Clutter and Discover Who You Are

By: Stephanie Bennett Vogt

Sometimes the best kind of guide is one that is simple and to the point. Your Spacious Self is straight forward, and practical.

It not only gives you tools to declutter but provides incentive by teaching you how to enjoy your space and take pride in it.

Clutter Busting: Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back

By: Brooks Palmer

Clutter Busting

Palmer’s cheeky decluttering book is full of tools and anecdotes surrounding getting rid of the things you just don’t need anymore.

Ultimately, Clutter Busting provides concrete tools that you can use when purging your home of unnecessary items.

Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind & Soul

By: Ruth Soukup

There’s a lot to take away from this New York Times best-selling author’s tips and tricks. In Unstuffed, Ruth Soukup inspires readers to declutter using personal stories as well as concrete action plans.

The Art of Discarding: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy

By: Nagisa Tatsumi

You can’t have a decluttering book list without mentioning the book that inspired Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This international bestseller provides readers with a feasible plan to purge their home — and lives — of needless items.


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