The 8 Best Cleaning and Organizing Books

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

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Our Top Picks
"Reads like advice from your grandmother will whip your household up to snuff."
"The systems she uses have you going category by category through the home."
"Filled with challenges, checklists, step-by-step tutorials and more."
"This beautifully written book helps you keep every room maintained."
"The techniques will help you eliminate toxins from the home."
"This book is all about getting the most results from the least about of effort."
"If you've always dreamed of having a minimalist home this is the book for you."
"You'll find a mix of techniques and easy how-to's."

Best Overall: Scribner 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. 

Best Organizing: AMERICAN WEST BOOKS The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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. Published in over 40 languages, this book will not only tidy up your space, but help keep your homes looking more minimal.

Best for Busy Moms: Gallery Books Simply Clean

Written by Becky Rapinchuck, the force behind popular home keeping blog Clean Mama, this book is all about establishing routines and practices to get your home clean quickly, in between all the other things you have going on in your life. Filled with challenges, checklists, step-by-step tutorials and easy instructions, this book offers the tools and motivation you need to effortlessly revamp your cleaning habits and reform your home into a tidy, spick-and-span space all in just 10 minutes a day. Written in her friendly, no-nonsense voice, the book starts from a place of understanding: life is messy, cleaning is a chore, but we are all able to change our behavior to keep the home the way we’d like it to be.

Best Celebrity: Random House 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. 

Best Green Cleaning: Page Street Publishing 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.​

Best for Speed: AVERY Clean My Space

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.

Best Clutter Buster: Scribner 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. 

Best for Quick Tips: AMERICAN WEST BOOKS 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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