Happy Spring, TOLLers! It’s time to clean out your closets, get rid of winter clutter, and maybe build a bookcase or two! Yes, this task can seem very daunting, but we’ve rounded up the best books filled with creative, easy, and affordable ways to keep your home, desk, and car clean throughout the season. Ready, set, go get organized!
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning
A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life.In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism.
Fix your cluttered cabinets, overflowing drawers, and messy living areas with these tips, tricks, and project ideas from Carrie Higgins, the organization expert of the Making Lemonade blog.Carrie Higgins has made it her mission to share fresh ideas for the home on her blog Making Lemonade. In this guide she has collected her best quick fixes, innovative hacks, and DIY solutions to keep your home looking beautiful.
Everything in its Place
The days of simply wanting to ‘get the look’ are over: nowadays, we are more interested in achieving a smooth-running and contented home life, and it’s not purely the aesthetics of our interiors that we’re pondering. Key to this more considered approach to homemaking is the storage of all life’s paraphernalia, from everyday essentials (kitchen equipment, bicycles) to seasonal items (skis and suitcases) and, of course, all those bits and pieces you don’t need very often but still want to hang on to (wedding photographs, grandma’s china). We have more stuff than ever before, so where (and how) should we keep it all? In ‘Everything in its Place’, Rebecca Winward demonstrates how our experience of every room in the house can be improved through a canny choice of storage solutions that balance form and function.
From the cleaning and homekeeping expert and creator of the wildly popular Clean Mama blog comes a simple and accessible cleaning guide with a proven step-by-step schedule for tidying a home in just ten minutes a day. Becky Rapinchuk, the “Clean Mama,” understands that many people don’t have enough time, organizational skills, or homemaking habits to have a constantly clean and decluttered living space. In Simply Clean, she can help you effortlessly maintain a tidy house and build habits to become a “clean person”—no matter how messy you may naturally be!