The 8 Best Cleaning and Organizing Books to Buy in 2018

Get your home in tip-top shape with these informative reads

Whether you’re finally acting on a resolution or you have just reached the breaking point with the mess inside your house, it’s time to turn to the experts! And when it comes to cleaning your home and getting all your stuff organized, there’s more than just the magical art of tidying — there are books for every personality and goal.

Each of these housekeeping and organizing books will help focus on the mess that’s causing you stress to reduce the amount of clutter in your home, establish good cleaning and organizing habits, or learn new skills that you can use for the rest of your life. They incorporate tried-and-true techniques from professional organizers and homemakers who have already helped many people just like you find order, calm and clean in their own homes, and are written in a variety of formats to make it easy to digest all the helpful information. Here, the best organizing and cleaning books to tidy up your household


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    Best Overall: Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House

    Looking for a comprehensive book that covers all the cleaning, organizing and household basics? This pick from Cheryl Mendelson, which reads like advice from your grandmother will whip your household up to snuff, with thorough descriptions on things like how to build a fire, fold a fitted sheet, wash dishes and more. While this book is not for the faint of heart if you sit down and read it front to back — it is a good reference for knowing how or what to do at home. Use it as a reference guide for when spills happen or put it to use when you are moving into a new home and want to start off on the right foot. This book will provide new adults and seasoned pros with tips that'll get their house in the shape they crave. 

  • 02 of 08

    Best Organizing: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

    If you are ready to take the dive into purging your home this is the book that will teach you how to do it with no mercy. Marie Kondo's methods have a cult-like status that has the user going through their possessions with the question of does the item "spark joy" — if not it is time to get rid of it. The systems she uses have you going category by category through the home instead of room by room which can feel overwhelming. She imparts her "KonMari" method which changes the way you do things, like folding clothing and storing it in your drawers a certain way. The book has been published in over 40 languages and has over 12,000 glowing Amazon reviews. 

    Reviewers praise it for not only tidying up their space, it has also changed their relationship with "stuff" and has helped them keep their homes efficient and minimal many months and years after first reading. 

  • 03 of 08

    Best for Busy Moms: Simply Clean

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    Best Celebrity: Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook

    Martha Stewart the maven of homekeeping delivers a book that encompasses all you need to have your house functioning effectively and cleanly. This beautifully illustrated and written book takes you room by room on what you need to do to keep everything maintained. Stuff you'll learn includes, how many different types of spoon there are (and their uses), how to choose a crib, how to clean upholstery and beyond. The directions are clear and very detailed so they are easy for everyone to follow but they might seem tedious for some who aren't as type-A. And while you won't find yourself curled up on the sofa reading this, you'll pull it out when it comes time to organize your linen closet or get gum out of the carpet. 

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    Best Green Cleaning: Natural Solutions for Cleaning & Wellness

    For anyone with an interest in natural cleaning and making their own cleaning solutions, this book is a wealth of information. With a goal of eliminating all toxins from the home, this book includes dozens of recipes and techniques that may be unfamiliar even to people who are already using vinegar and baking soda as part of their cleaning routine. Written by Halle Cottis, a holistic life coach and blogger behind Whole Life Nutrition, the book not only includes cleaning ​solutions, but also health remedies for conditions like migraines, swimmer’s ear and more that you can make yourself using all-natural ingredients.​

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    Best for Speed: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster

    Authored by Melissa Maker, a housekeeping entrepreneur and YouTube darling famous for her no-nonsense approach to clean, this book is all about getting the most results from the least about of effort—and who doesn’t want that? Maker’s methodology includes identifying the parts of your home that need the most attention, guiding you towards the best products and tools to tackle them, and establishing habits to keep your space clean and welcoming going forward. Maker also recommends eco-conscious and natural cleaners, and offers her own tried-and-true concoctions and essential oil combinations for effective and great-smelling cleaning solutions.

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    Best Clutter Buster: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

    If you've always dreamed of having a minimalist home this is the book for you. Here, you'll discover the art of Swedish Death cleaning which means cleaning out your home of useless stuff before you die so someone else doesn't have to do it. It may sound morbid but when you are looking at a pile of business cards you've held onto for 10 years or 20 pot holders that have never been touched it puts things into perspective. 

    The book reads more like a novel on the writer's journey of cleaning out her late husband's space. In it, you'll hear words of wisdom and go through her journey to getting rid of unnecessary things at home. Hopefully, at the end, it will inspire you to pair down so that when your time comes loved ones will only find what really matters to you. 


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    Best for Quick Tips: Good Housekeeping Simple Cleaning Wisdom

    Written by the team behind Good Housekeeping's Institute Lab, which tests products and cleaning techniques, this book is a great introduction to cleaning and housekeeping. A smart gift for a first home or apartment, Simple Cleaning Wisdom includes tips for all your indoor and outdoor spaces broken down by location.

    Within, you'll find a mix of techniques to master (the right order to clean a room, tricks to make cleaning windows a breeze) and easy how-tos that will deliver the best results for everything from vacuuming to laundry and cleaning towel. The book also recommends a mix of natural and pantry-staple cleaning solutions that you can make yourself, alongside commercial products that the lab has tested that deliver superior results. And if you have an emergency: an A to Z guide for how to treat any type of stain, to keep your clothes looking their best.


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