Summer Reading: 8 Books to Help You Let Go of the Clutter

With summer just around the corner, now is a great time to start making a list of all the books you want to read while you’re hanging out by the pool, relaxing on the beach, or waiting for your plane.

8 books to help you let go of the clutter

As an avid reader, I’m always on the lookout for new books.  Whatever the genre, I love curling up with a good book and passing the time. As I was checking out some of the new releases in a magazine I picked up at the library, I came across a book on decluttering.  It looked intriguing so I wondered what other good books might be out there on the topic.

There were quite a few so I decided to round them up and share them with you just in time for your summer vacation. I haven’t read any of them, but I’m definitely adding them to my summer reading list!

8 Books to Help You Let Go of the Clutter

While these are not specific how-to decluttering guides, they do offer insights into the lives of others as they faced what to do with all the stuff they had accumulated and how they finally were able to let go.  Ranging from memoirs to motivational books, these 8 books can inspire you to let go of the clutter that’s weighing you down.

  1.  Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life by Peter Walsh.  Decluttering guru, Peter Walsh, shares his experience of downsizing his childhood home and parent’s possessions.  Using illustrations from his own journey,  Walsh helps readers turn decluttering and downsizing into a rejuvenating life change with practical takeaways and useful tips.
  2. Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki. This is not the story of an organizing expert, but rather the tale of an ordinary guy who was so stressed out by his excess he decided to say goodbye to the things he didn’t absolutely need.  In return, he found freedom, focus and a sense of gratitude for everything around him.  While sharing of his journey towards a minimalist lifestyle, Sasaki offers specific tips to minimize the excess around you.
  3. Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. Following the success of her Happiness Project, Rubin decided to turn the experiment towards her own home to see if she could create a calming and energizing place.  Giving herself one school year, Rubin dedicated herself to making her home an environment of simplicity, comfort, and love. Following her example, you can find more happiness and contentment in your own home and life.
  4. The Joy of Less by Francine Jay.  Simple Living pioneer, Francine Jay,  revises her popular book, The Joy of Less, with a newly redesigned edition.  Within this new update, Jay shares her steps to cultivate a minimalist mindset and form new habits, paving the way to lasting success.
  5. Unstuffed: Decluttering Your Home, Mind, and Soul by Ruth Soukup.  New York Times Bestselling Author, Ruth Soukup, shares personal stories and practical action plans to help you take back your life from all the stuff that’s weighing you down. She will inspire and empower you to finally declutter not only your home but your mind and soul as well.
  6. The Art of Discarding: How to Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy by Nagisa Tatsumi. Fans of Marie Kondo will enjoy this book, the original inspiration for her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. With practical and inspiring insights, Tatsumi offers hands-on advice and easy-to-follow guidelines to get rid of your clutter and find the joy that’s been eluding you.
  7. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker. In an attempt to minimalize his own life, Becker discovered that living with less and letting go of what you own you can, in fact, maximize your life.  With practical suggestions and encouragement, Becker will help you see how taking possessions out of your life actually gives it back to you.
  8. Everything That Remains, A Memoir by The Minimalists. What do you do when your mom dies and your marriage falls apart in the same month? You start looking for answers.  That’s exactly what Joshua Fields Millburn, one-half of the team known as The Minimalists, did.  In the process, he gave up a six-figure career and embraced a lifestyle of simplicity.  Everything That Remains is the touching and personal story of one man’s quest to let go of everything and start living more deliberately.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to dig into some of these books! Not only am I interested in how to live with less clutter, I’m curious about the personal journeys the authors went through to bring them to the point where they are now.  That’s because I know that getting organized isn’t just a process.  It’s a journey that can transform us in ways we’ve never imagined.

I hope you’ll check out some of these books this summer, as well as my other organizing book recommendations.  They are plenty of summer afternoons to get them all read!

Have you heard or read any of these books about letting go?

Do you have any other books you’d suggest adding to the list?

Leave a comment and let me know!

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16 responses on “Summer Reading: 8 Books to Help You Let Go of the Clutter

  1. Janet Hulstrand

    Thanks for this list, Liana. Eve Schaub has just published a wonderful book about her personal decluttering journey, called Year of No Clutter. We hope you’ll take a look at our book also: Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home, which my coauthor and I wrote after helping our fathers move out of the homes we’d grown up in.

  2. Liana George Post author

    Thanks for the book suggestions Janet! I will definitely check those out and add them to future reading lists 🙂

  3. Elyse

    Great list, thanks! I will have to add a couple of these to my summer reading. Loving audiobooks recently so I hope they have audio versions! 🙂

  4. Linda Samuels

    What a great list, Liana! I’ve read some of these and others are new to me. I just came across Sasaki’s book and thought that looked like a very interesting read. I’m adding it to my “to read” list. I agree with you that getting organized, which involves a certain amount of letting go and decluttering, is definitely a “journey.” So reading these books with the process and experience in mind is a wonderful perspective to take. It keeps us open and curious. While eac each person’s journey is different, we can learn from and be inspired by one another.

  5. Seana Turner

    There are a bunch that I have never heard of on this list, Liana. That is so fun! I love everything from Gretchen Rubin, and am now looking into some new thoughts and approaches. Lifestyle changes like getting organized are very personal, and therefore varying ideas will appeal to different people. Now all I need is a beach chair and little sun:)

  6. Kathy Vines

    Some good suggestions here to look into, thanks!

    I’m in my final edits of “Clever Girl’s Guide to Living with Less,” coming out this summer. Hope to make your list for next year! 🙂

  7. Sara Skillen

    What a great list! Some are brand new to me, but The Joy of Less has been on my list for a while. Now I’m inspired to head to the library this week!

  8. Liana George Post author

    Thanks, Sara! Let me know which ones you decide to read. I’d love to hear you’re thoughts 🙂

  9. Liana George Post author

    Definitely Kathy! Congratulations and I can’t wait to check it out 🙂

  10. Liana George Post author

    You’re welcome Seana! Yes, many of these were new to me as well. I’ll gladly join you at the beach and share my books with you 🙂

  11. Liana George Post author

    You’re welcome Elyse! I’m not sure if they have them on audio, but defintely worth checking out! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

  12. Liana George Post author

    Yes, I agree Janet! It was the book I came across in the magazine that started me on this quest! I’m looking forwared to reading these this summer! Let me know if you read any of them and your thoughts.

  13. Liana George Post author

    I couldn’t agree with you more Linda! I’m looking forward to devouring some of these books this summer. We’ll have to compare notes at the end of summer!

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