Decluttering & Cleaning – Books From Te Pātaka

Whether you are spring cleaning, decluttering or moving, you can find the perfect way of refreshing your living with tidiness and style; from the professional organiser Marie Kondo’s magic tidying to the fabulous photographs from Good Housekeeping‘s organisation wisdom. On the other hand, creative people who easily get messy can be creatively organized; or crafty people can build their own garage storage project. There are several ideas to choose from!

Good Housekeeping simple household wisdom : 425 easy ways to clean & organize your home
Your home is the place where you’re free to relax, entertain, and express your personality. Filled with fabulous photographs of every room, plus genius tips, savvy shortcuts, and quick fixes for tidying, decluttering, organizing, adding style, and more, Good Housekeeping Simple Household Wisdom is your go-to guide for turning a house into the home you’ll love even more.” (Adapted from

The home decluttering diet : organize your way to a clean and lean house / Lifford, Jennifer
“When Lifford got serious about organizing her home, she decided to follow the principles of a typical diet designed to lose weight and compared decluttering to weight-losing. Author suggests building a new habit of getting rid of items more, than buying new items, also address psychological issues and establish sensible rewards. This yearlong plan can help to organize a clean and lean house.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Guide to natural housekeeping : live a calmer, healthier life, recycle and reuse, clean naturally, garden organically / Strutt, Christina
” A Guide to Natural Housekeeping is full of advice and information to help you take a more sustainable path. It’s perfectly possible to clean a house using nothing more than lemons, baking soda, vinegar, and plain water. Old-fashioned methods are complemented by newer ideas.  Make beauty preparations and bath oils, too, for soothing, effective treatments to enhance everyday health and wellbeing.” (Adapted from

Spark joy : an illustrated master class on the art of organizing and tidying up / Kondō, Marie
“Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo has revolutionized homes across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to using her acclaimed KonMari Method to create a joy-filled home that works the way you need it to. Spark Joy features step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. Kondo suggested deciding items by whether it bring you joy.” (Adapted from

Tidy space : zen design solutions for tidy living ; Tidy space : Shaker design solutions for tidy living / Freeman, Michael
“Two design styles perfectly embrace tidiness. One was developed in the United States in the 18th century by a devout sect of Quakers, the other was formed over thousands of years on the islands of Japan. With no historical link the two styles were similar. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Practical princess perfect wardrobe : declutter and re-jig your closet to transform your life / Gibbs, Elika
“In Practical Princess Perfect Wardrobe, the stylist, organizational whizz and wardrobe expert Elika Gibbs shares the secrets of her unique three-step process, putting the luxury of a complete wardrobe edit and makeover within everyone’s reach. Elika starts with a clear-sighted wardrobe assessment that’s designed to help you dress for the life you lead, and offers plenty of hand-holding as you clear out your closet.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

The art of happy moving : how to declutter, pack, and start over while maintaining your sanity and finding happiness / Wenzke, Ali
“Based on author’s popular blog, Ali shares invaluable anecdotes from her many moves, and packs each chapter with a wealth of information and ingenious tips (Did you know that if you have an extra-large welcome mat at the door, it’s more likely to sell?). Whether you’re a relocating professional, newly married, a family with kids and pets, or a retiree looking to downsize, this book will help you make your move.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Ultimate storage solutions
“Tackle your biggest storage problems with our all-new organization book, The Family Handyman Ultimate Storage Solutions. Inside you’ll discover 450+ clever projects & tips that will help you manage the mess in one weekend or less! Learn how to customize a garage storage system. Declutter your entryway. Optimize kitchen storage. Or build the ultimate garden shed. Designed for every level of do-it-yourselfer. And a special section on Hacks and Shortcuts!” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Creative ideas to organize your home : 50 step-by-step projects to bring order into your life / Peterson, Linda
“50 step-by-step projects which will help you to bring a sense of order to your home. Author Linda Peterson shows you how to upcycle old baking pans into a three-tiered storage racks and metal trays into memo boards, repurpose a kitchen grater into a jewelry stand, and create drawer tidies from baby food jars. Create special storage containers for craft supplies, and handy binders for magazine racks.” (Adapted from

Decluttering at the speed of life : winning your never-ending battle with stuff / White, Dana
“White has been on a “deslobification” journey for years. Now she shares the room-by-room decluttering strategies that transformed her home, walking you through applying the key concepts that will help you overcome the emotional challenges that make it difficult to let items go.” (Catalogue)