Clients and friends often ask me for suggestions on the best books to help get them organized. There are thousands out there! Here is a list of some helpful (and fun) books to add to your summer reading list.
Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern (Holt Paperbacks)
Professional Organizer Julie Morgenstern’s book is one of the most comprehensive organizing books you’ll ever read. She delves into clutter management dilemmas with wisdom and understanding. Then she takes you through space management systems room by room. This is a great first organizing book to read, especially if you are really ready to turn over a new leaf.
Taming the Paper Tiger at Home by Barbara Hemphill (Kaplan Business)
Hemphill is a renowned Professional Organizer who addresses common problems in paper management and gives you various organizing options depending on your style. Hemphill has even produced software to help you create file indexes and track paperwork. This book will revolutionize how you use your filing system. Also, to organize your work life, try Hemphill’s Taming the Paper Tiger at Work.
Time Management from the Inside Out by Julie Morgenstern (Holt Paperbacks)
Another great read by the great Morgenstern! This book takes you through solutions to the challenges of over-scheduling, procrastination, motivation, prioritizing, and more. For more time management solutions, read any of Harold Taylor’s books. He’s been an expert in the field for decades.
Absolutely Organized: A Mom's Guide to a No-Stress Schedule and Clutter-Free Home by Debbie Lillard (North Light Books)
Local Professional Organizer Debbie Lillard wrote a comprehensive and fun book about how to organize your family life. She offers time management and space management tips for parents of children of all ages.
Organize Your Corpses by Mary Jane Maffini (Berkley)
If you feel like some lighter “beach reading” this summer, pick up Maffini’s murder mystery. Join lead character Charlotte Adams as she stumbles upon crimes during her life as a Professional Organizer. Also try Maffini’s The Cluttered Corpse and Death Loves a Messy Desk.
copyright Sara Long 2009