Reading / Viewing / Listening Recommendations

*Get these from your local library or download them to keep down your book clutter – only order hard copies of your absolute favorites, or give them away after you read them 🙂

  • The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – a worldwide best seller with great tips on letting go of things. I use some of her techniques for organizing – especially letting go of things that don’t “spark joy.”
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – I LOVE listening to this book on long drives to and from work. A great help for understanding why we do what we do and how to clear our minds from mental chatter in order to enjoy what we have right in front of us.
  • Feng Shui Your Life, The Quick Guide to Decluttering Your Home and Renewing Your Life by Tisha Morris. A quick read with a big impact. She breaks down organizing and clearing physical and emotional space into 27 steps that you can work through at your own pace.
  • The Minimalism Game – This can be an extremely effective way to cut clutter quickly! Find a friend or family member – someone who’s willing to get rid of their excess stuff over a month. Each of you get rid of one item the first day, two items the second day, three items the third, etc. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, recycle or trash. Bonus if you make it to 30 days or involve more than one friend. From the Minimalists.
  • Minimalism, the movie – about Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, men who have now helped over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, CBC, and NPR.
  • Zero Waste Home Blog – by Bea Johnson, whose family lives by simple this guideline, my 5R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot (and only in that order). Her concepts have been taken up around the world and she has a great outlook on life.
  • Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: the Six-Week Total Life Slimdown by Peter Walsh – Great tips, ideas, thoughts and inspirations for clearing clutter AND losing weight (they so often go together!). He worked with Oprah Winfrey and traveled the world helping people declutter and lose weight.
  • How to Organize Just About Everything by Peter Walsh: pretty much exactly what the title says! Includes great life tips to be more efficient, effective, on time and a happier person.
  • The ICD Guide to Collaborating with Professional Organizers, Phyllis Flood Knerr
  • Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding, David Tolin, Randy Frost, G Steketee
  • Children of Hoarders: How to Minimize Conflict, Reduce the Clutter and Improve your Relationship, F. Neziroglu, K. Donnelly
  • Clinician’s Guide to Severe Hoarding: A Harm Reduction Approach, Michael Tompkins
  • Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Workbook, G. Steketee, Randy Frost
  • Digging Out: helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding and Compulsive Acquiring, Michael Tompkins, T Hartl
  • Group Treatment for Hoarding Disorder: A Therapist Guide, J. Muroff, P. Underwood, G. Steketee
  • Harm Reduction: Pragmatic Strategies for Managing High-Risk Behaviors, G. Marlatt
  • Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding, F. Neziroglu, J. Bubrick, J. Yaryura-Tobias
  • Saving Our Parents, Dorothy Breininger
  • Stuff Your Face or Face Your Stuff, Dorothy Breininger
  • Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, Randy Frost
  • The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life, Robin Zasio
  • What Every Professional Organizer Needs to Know About Hoarding, Judith Kolberg

Spring Cleaning from the inside – self-healing books that I love:

Support Groups & More 

Hoarding Support Group with Dorothy the Organizer – This is a virtual therapy support for people who hoard and folks who are impacted by people who hoard. The group facilitated by Hoarders TV Show Hoarding Expert, DorothyTheOrganizer. It’s free! Sign up by clicking here.

Children of Hoarders – The site is a forum for family members for people who hoard. The site includes a comprehensive list of resources.

Clutterers Anonymous – The site is a self-help 12-step organization with chapters throughout the world. You can take a free assessment test, and members can request a newsletter and several brochures on the topic of clutter.

American Psychiatric Association – Provides latest psychiatric research.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America  – Provides info and referrals for these disorders

Anxiety Disorders Center at Hartford Hospital – Info about hoarding disorder and referral info

Department of Housing and Urban Development  – Provides info about reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities

Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies – Provides info about mental illness and referrals with mental illnesses including hoarding.

Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium – Provides resources about animal hoarding, animal welfare and referrals for people who hoard animals.

Institute for Challenging Disorganization
  – Provides education and strategies for people with chronic disorganization and provides access to professional organizers and therapists who can help with hoarding.

International OCD Foundation
  – Provides advocacy, research and treatment of OCD – also has a hoarding section with resources.

Mental Health Association of San Francisco
  Annual conference on hoarding open to professional and people who hoard and their families.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill 
– Provides resources nationwide for those suffering with a mental illness.

National Association of Professional Organizers
  – Provides info about how professional organizers can assist with hoarding disorder. Has a directory of organizers who can help.

National Institute of Mental Health
  – Provides mental health info and current mental health research.

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association
  – Provides info about ADD and referrals for ADD coaches through the American Coaching Association.