And One Book That Is Just Fun
I've spent the last two weeks alternating between planning our 2017-2018 school year and deep-cleaning and reorganizing our house. There are two books I've been using for inspiration as I do so.
The first book is The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley. I am a visual person and this book is full of beautiful photographs that are inspiring. You definitely want a printed copy of this book.
The book is divided into three sections, Kitchen & Dining, Living & Storage (which covers living rooms, bedrooms, etc), and Working & Outdoors, which covers home offices and garages, etc. Each section offers various tips for organizing and decorating that area of your home. At the end of the section, there is a challenge that leads you through the process of organizing your room.
The second book is called Organize Now by Jennifer Ford Berry. I am a sucker for a checklist so this book drew me in right away. Each week she gives you a small area of your life or home to organize and a list with checkboxes so you can mark them off as you do them.
The book is divided into 56 weeks worth of areas you could organize. Yes, if you only do one a week, it would take you more than a year to work through the book but some of the weeks are so simple, they could be doubled up. Other weeks simply may simply not apply, such as the week about Organizing Your Pregnancy.
The last book is a fun book called Mind Your Manors: Tried-and-True British Household Cleaning Tips by Lucy Lethbridge. This is a short book, about 100 pages, about house-cleaning in British households "from the Victorian through the Edwardian years and beyond."
There are some things that could be put in use today but also some tips that are likely unknown such as how bread was used for cleaning books, picture frames, and other areas that couldn't be reached with dusters or fingers. Use the ideas with caution—as the book states on the copyright page, "Not every cleaning method is appropriate in all circumstances."
All of these books are available at Amazon. Happy Organizing!