Each year when my girls would go back to school in the fall, I would make out a reading list of my own and set goals for the upcoming semester.

I have studied so many different topics through the years—holiday traditions, cooking techniques, and underwater basket weaving.

Since this year one of my main goals has been to de-clutter, organize, and embrace perhaps a minimalist lifestyle, here are the books that I have chosen this school year.

August…The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place…(Jennifer McCartney)

September…The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify 

October…The Things that Matter …(Nate Berkus)

November…Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess …(Stephanie Bennett Vo)

December…Your Spacious Self: Clear the Clutter and Discover Who You Are ...(Francine Joy)

JanuaryClean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster, and Loving Your Home Every Day ...(Rachel Hoffman)

FebruaryDesign*Sponge at Home…(Grace Bonney)

MarchElements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life...(Erin Gates)

AprilFlea Market Style...(Emily Chalmers)

MayNew Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks…(Fay Wolf)

JuneOrganized Enough: The Anti-Perfectionist’s Guide to Getting—and Staying—Organized ...(Melissa Maker)

JulySage Living: Decorate for the Life You Want…(Anne Sage)

August Selection…The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place… is a book about the creativity and art involved in being a slob…written to show the fine line between being a “consumer” and being an actual “hoarder.”

I bought, but never actually read, The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up. …for some strange reason throwing my stuff all over the floor, trashing almost everything that I own, and learning the KonMari folding method just didn’t seem like much fun.

The main idea of the book is practicality of being a slob. According to the book, messy people are more creative, more clever, and more attractive.

This book sparks my interest because it supposedly teaches “how to clutter mindfully and with great joy”…and is filled with checklists, quizzes, guidelines, flow-charts-an obsessive-compulsive person’s delight.
The author of the book is Jennifer McCartney, a New York Times bestselling author, who has also written four other books, including Afloat, Cocktails for Drinkers; and Poetry from Scratch


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