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Spring Cleaning. Have you felt that itch this year with this mild weather?? I feel like around the first week of March, I have this intense desire to get rid of everything. Or reorganize. Or deep clean the refrigerator! Don’t judge, but purging and cleaning make me happy. As in really-really-brings-me-joy-happiness. When people ask me to come over to help them purge, I get completely giddy. Really truly.

I just finished reading “The life-changing magic of tidying up.” MMmmmmm. So good.

So if you need some inspiration, here are some great books to check out online or at your library for some tips and motivation!

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The Life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo. This book has over 8k reviews on amazon with almost 5 stars. So you KNOW it’s good. It’s a little hard-cover-book that you can sit down and read for a week, or even skim in an evening for tips — simple ideas are given that could really impact your approach and peace during this process! For example. It won’t get less-cluttered unless you purge, so take time to evaluate, “does this item bring me joy”, we really need minimal items to function well in life. Always declutter/clean by category and not by room (since we keep the same thing in multiple rooms, it’s hard to know what you all need if it’s all spread out!). So first attack all clothes, and then all books, and then all papers/piles, etc. Also, do not do this everyday otherwise it is never-ending. Make it a special event weekend of tidying up your home, and then you get to relax and enjoy for the next year!

Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider = Fabulous. Includes everything from homemade recipes for cleaning supplies to a detailed 10 day clean/purge of your home. How to make budgets that encourage simplicity as well as defining your family “purpose” or the purpose of your home/rooms. Key example – with every item in every room, ask yourself, “is this useful? it is beautiful?” If no, then it goes.

The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith – “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”. This is the premise of this book about interior design, but more importantly making your house a home. It is filled with beautiful photos, inspiring ideas, but most importantly it encourages you to evaluate what you want to your home to be and how to fulfill that dream. No more dreading hanging up art in the wrong spot, or fear of picking out the wrong paint color. Key example = repainting a room costs an afternoon and $60. So if you don’t like it, just redo it. Take a risk! This book allows you to relax, know that you can fix things you don’t like, and LOVE your home! It is geared towards renters and home-owners alike.

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