Organize Your Home and Your Life

Ana Campos, Principal Librarian, Central Library Services,
Graphic header of organizational books superimpose within an outline of a house.

Start 2019 by organizing your home and your life. If you do not know how to start, the Los Angeles Public Library has many books that can help you. For example, we have books written by the famous organizer guru Marie Kondo who has motivated millions of people to organize their home and life with her KonMari method. Her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, was a best seller and has been translated into more than 30 languages. The KonMari method is so popular that in January of this year Marie Kondo started her own television series on Netflix where she helps people organize and live with fewer objects in their homes.

You do not have to be Marie Kondo to start organizing your home. Here are five tips to get you started:

  1. Get rid of all the things that you do not use and just leave what makes you happy. For example, if you have a pair of shoes that you have not worn in the last two years, it is time to get rid of those shoes. You can donate them or give them to someone who will use them!
  2. Start organizing by category. For example, you can dedicate one day to organize your clothes. Start with small steps.
  3. Part of being organized is knowing the methods of how to keep things in order. For example, with the KonMari method, you will learn the best way to fold your clothes, organize your papers, etc.
  4. Create spaces for each object you have. To maintain order you have to make sure that you have assigned places for all your objects. For example, dirty clothes that are colored go in one bag and dirty clothes that are white go in another bag.
  5. Create routines that will help you to always maintain an organized home.

Remember that organization will make it easy for you to keep your house clean and as a result, you will have more time to do things that make you happy.

Further Reading

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Kondō, Marie,

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story
Kondo, Marie,

Organized Enough: The Anti-Perfectionist's Guide to Getting—and Staying—Organized
Sullivan, Amanda (Professional organizer).

Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House
Carlson, Julie, 1960-

The RealSimple Method to Organizing Every Room: And How to Keep it That Way
Vadnal, Julie,

Secrets of an Organized Mom: From Overflowing Closets to the Chaotic Play Areas: A Room-by-Room Guide to Decluttering and Streamlining Your Home for a Happier Family
Reich, Barbara.