Brilliant Books I Recommend About Overcoming Hoarding and Disorganization

Listen, we all like a pretty book with gorgeous photos of ultra-organized but not necessarily realistic spaces.  These books are super fun visuals and inspiring but they usually don’t cover the thoughts and feelings we have about our stuff.  For example this thought, “How do I get rid of stuff when I want to keep it?” And this one, “I feel very anxious about downsizing.”

Who doesn’t want to believe that clicking on a link and ordering yet another container or organizing tool will solve your challenges?

When want more insight into why letting go is hard and to learn about neuro-diverse brains I would recommend four brilliant books.  These books will give you a better understanding of why we attach to things and how our emotions drive our decisions.

The books are available at most local libraries. Why buy more physical stuff when you can borrow it?

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding

ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life: Strategies that Work from an Acclaimed Professional Organizer and a Renowned ADD Clinician

Conquering Chronic Disorganization

Learning more about the brain, especially neuro-diverse brains is crucial.  Disorganization isn’t a character flaw. There’s nothing wrong with you.  Your brain functions in a way that others don’t fully understand.  I think you will feel seen once you read one of these books instead of wondering why you haven’t managed to declutter your space with the help of pretty containers.

Do you have a family member that struggles with their relationship with stuff?  I encourage you to check out these books from your library.  You’ll have a better feel for what is going on.

Some of the books are available in audio recordings here and here if reading isn’t your favorite activity.

Have you read any of the books I recommend?

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