If you’ve been pulled into the Konmari lifestyle by the newest Netflix craze, then you’re not alone. People can’t get enough of the process, from finding items that spark joy to folding tee-shirts in neat, satisfying tents. (Although we strongly recommend keeping your beloved books.)
If you just can’t get enough tidying, or if you like the idea of Marie Kondo’s method but not the details, try these alternative tidying books available at Nevins Library!
The Queen of Clean Conquers Clutter by Linda Cobb
Linda Cobb lends a regal air to the process of cleaning your house, which is helpful when you’re feeling more like Cinderella. Her advice skews strongly practical – for example, check your antiques in buyer’s guides before you toss them. She also delivers a dose of humor that’s fun, if a little dated. (There’s at least one Roseanne joke in there.) Cobb is a big fan of upcycling too, with recommendations for turning fur coats into teddy bears and fruit baskets into tea holders.
Clean Sweep by Alison Haynes
Alison Haynes doesn’t limit herself to de-cluttering, but gives you great tips on household cleanliness as well. For example, did you know that you can turn nearly-exhausted bars of soap into liquid soap by soaking it in water, boiling it, and then pouring it into a reusable dispenser? This book is packed with interesting tips like that. It’s also very allergy-conscious and offers lots of great cleaning alternatives for people with sensitive skin.
Don Aslett was a household guru in the nineties. His books are charmingly illustrated with quirky doodles reminiscent of an old-fashioned newspaper comic strip. Unlike modern minimalists, Aslett isn’t overly concerned with what a bunch of extra stuff will do to the planet – he just wants you to have a tidier life. The book offers a lot of advice about the lifespan of household maintenance substances, like spackle and hoses, that will be useful to people forging into their first homeownership experience. Also: did you know that canned food goes bad in under 18 months? So much for my fallout shelter.
New Minimalism: decluttering and design for sustainable, intentional living by Cary Telander Fortin and Kyle Louise Quilici
The impetus behind this minimalist manifesto is sustainability. As the books correctly points out, there is no such thing as “away” – as in, if you try to throw something “away,” it’s just going to end up in someone else’s backyard. The idea behind this minimalism is to donate, repurpose, and create less household junk going forward.
In case you haven’t heard of the STREAMLINE method, think of it as Konmari before Konmari. It’s an acronym that stands for the process by which you can minimalize and declutter your life:
Trash, treasure, or transfer
Reason for each item
Everything in its place
All surfaces clear
If one comes in, one goes out
Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: one-minute tips for decluttering and refreshing your home and your life by Donna Smallin
This handy little book includes tips for managing your house that you might not think of. For example, it recommends pouring boiling water down your drains once a week to clear out soap, hair, and other stuff. It also recommends pairing chores. For example, when you feed the dog, sweep the floor at the same time.