Did you know that a cluttered environment can create a cluttered mind? Disorganization not only adds to daily stress but can also lead to waste that negatively impacts our planet. If you've been longing for a more organized life, we've got some greats read for you!
A recent study found that a staggering 55% of Americans feel stressed on a daily basis, with disorganization and clutter ranking as significant contributing factors. This stress can manifest as a lack of focus, decreased productivity, and even strained relationships.
Disorganization contributes to an enormous amount of waste every year. Did you know that Americans are spending $18,000 a year on non-essential items? A large portion of that goes towards items you can't find. That's a lot of unnecessary waste that could be avoided with just a little bit of organization!
The good news is that leading a more organized life has been proven to increase happiness levels. In fact, a study conducted by Stanford found that people who described their homes as clutter-free and well-organized reported higher levels of happiness and overall well-being. Let's take a look at that list of books and get started on our journey to a clutter-free life.
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
We can't really have a list about organizing and sparking joy into your life without the most loved and well-known trailbrazer, Marie Kondo.
Spark Joy is a comprehensive, illustrated guide to decluttering and organizing every corner of your home. It carefully looks into each room in your home and examines various categories of items to demonstrate the correct ways to arrange drawers, closets, and cabinets, while also showcasing Marie Kondo's distinctive folding technique.
The essence of Marie Kondo's straightforward and innovative KonMari tidying approach lies in concentrating on what to keep, rather than what to discard. By asking yourself if an item "sparks joy," determining its importance in your home and life becomes significantly simpler. As you surround yourself with beloved items, you'll notice your entire life starting to transform.
Marie Kondo's debut book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, shares her distinctive tidying philosophy and introduces readers to the fundamentals of her KonMari method, which has already revolutionized the homes and lives of millions worldwide. Spark Joy is Kondo's extensive tidying masterclass, offering an in-depth exploration of decluttering and organizing your living space.
Get Your Sh*t Together - Sarah Knight
In The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, Sarah Knight freed us from shame, guilt, and obligations. But what about the things you do care about – like your career, health, relationships, and finances? Sarah returns with more hilarious advice to make life simpler and better. Whether you dream of quitting your day job to buy a food truck, paying off debt, or just spending more time with your cat, Sarah cuts through the cycle of self-sabotage to show you how to be happy.
- Three easy tools for getting (and maintaining) your sh*t together
- The Power of Negative Thinking
- How to strike a balance between work and leisure – and save money in the process
- Techniques for managing anxiety
- And loads of other fantastic insights!
Soon, you'll be setting realistic goals, achieving them, and heading out for happy hour – every single day.
The Organized Mind – Daniel Levitin
We are suffering from information overload.
Simultaneously, we are expected to make more decisions about our lives at a faster pace than ever. It's no surprise that the average person often loses car keys or reading glasses, misses appointments, and feels exhausted by the effort needed just to keep up.
However, some people manage to excel at handling the flow of information. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, applies the latest brain science to show how these individuals succeed—and how readers can adopt their methods to regain control over organizing their homes, workplaces, and schedules.
Featuring engaging and informative chapters on topics ranging from the kitchen junk drawer to healthcare to executive office workflow, Levitin unveils how new research in cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be used to tackle the challenges in our everyday lives. This Is Your Brain on Music demonstrated how understanding brain function can enhance our ability to play and appreciate music. The Organized Mind offers a similar neuroscientific perspective to help navigate the relentless influx of information in the 21st century.
Building a Second Brain - Tiago Forte
We just finished reading this book at the Mindstone bookclub, and we had a lot to discuss!
Instead of feeling empowered by the access to information we now have, we often feel overwhelmed, confused, and trapped. Tiago Forte has put together an incredibly helpful guide that demonstrates how you can effortlessly develop your own personal system for knowledge management, also known as a Second Brain. As a
reliable and organized digital archive of your most treasured ideas,
notes, and creative work, synced across all your devices and platforms, a Second Brain provides the confidence needed to undertake your most critical projects and aspirational goals.
If you're ever felt you haven't quite gotten down the art of taking notes - this book is for you.
Ikigai - Hector Garcia Puigcerver
This book offers a different type of organization - one that will help you keep and maintain happines through the Japanese concept of ikigai, which roughly translates to "a reason for being" or "a sense of purpose." The authors explore how discovering one's ikigai can lead to a more fulfilling and contented life. "Ikigai" offers practical advice and wisdom on various aspects of life, such as finding meaning in daily activities, nurturing relationships, staying active, and practicing mindfulness. Think of it like organizing your life into sectors of purpose that give your life more joy and meaning.