When you’re a mom, it’s an unavoidable truth that you’ll have a messy home at least some of the time. Babies come with their own set of clutter, not to mention they zap most of your energy. As they get older, they might finally start picking up after themselves if you’re lucky, but in general, motherhood feels like it should come with a weekly housekeeping service. Sadly, most of us grown-ups have to do it all on our own. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start with the mess, consult one or more of these excellent books for moms who are tired of a messy home.
1. The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley ($17): If you aspire to someday have a truly Pinterest-perfect home, this is the book for you. Toni Hammersley, of the blog A Bowl Full of Lemons, put together this comprehensive manual for those who want more than just “good enough.” Her illustrated guide features advice not only on how to tidy every room in your home, but also how to create new areas (like that home bar you’ve always talked about), how to throw your kids a party in your new Insta-worthy home, and more.
2. Unf*ck Your Habitat: You’re Better Than Your Mess by Rachel Hoffman ($16): Rachel Hoffman’s BS-free approach to organizing your life is exactly what many of us need (especially those of us who curse on the regular, kids be damned). She has a straightforward style to keeping your space neat in short bursts. This is especially good for us mamas, since “short bursts” are usually about all the time we have. She leaves the marathons to Netflix yet still manages to help us find and make the time to clean up after ourselves in a way our parents never could.
3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo ($17): There’s a reason people can’t stop talking about this book (or its follow-up, Spark Joy). Marie Kondo’s lessons on tidying up are seriously inspirational, especially the part about only having to do it once for it to stick. Some parts might not be for everyone, but all in all, it’s got some solid information for even the messiest household. She also stresses the importance of getting your kiddos involved early on in the process to make sure they grow up to be tidy-masters too.
4. Clean My Space by Melissa Maker ($22): Melissa Maker has a huge following on her YouTube channel, and eventually opted to write a book with all the useful info she puts out there. Maker’s approach to cleaning is very approachable for even the busiest millennial. She offers tips on how to actually enjoy decluttering, as well as tons of hacks for getting out stains (totally essential thanks to the mystery smudges that come with every child) and cleaning out even the darkest corners in your home.
5. Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise by Pam Young and Peggy Jones ($15): The two sisters who authored this guide were tired of living in a chaotic mess. They rolled up their sleeves, put their hair up, and got to work — and then they wrote it all down so we could do it too. Their cleaning style revolves around a system of 3×5 index cards, and works best for people with families.
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