It seems that books on cleaning are becoming the new cookbooks—guides readers are as happy to page through and dream over as they are to use. Regardless of patron intentions, here are five titles to assist with a superclean. Some offer Pinterest style beauty, while others dig into the psychology of discarding. For added value, point readers to Apartment Therapy’s “January Cure”—perfect eye candy mixed with cleaning hints.
- The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley (Weldon Owen).
Full of magazine-worthy photos and a contemporary aesthetic, this comprehensive volume leads readers around their complete space—from kitchen to linen closet—showing how to be clean and tidy. Look for Hammersley’s new book, The Complete Book of Clean: Tips & Techniques for Your Home, coming mid-April.
- Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster, and Loving Your Home Every Day by Melissa Maker (Avery).
YouTube star Maker offers methods to make the most of anyone’s cleaning efforts, guiding readers through the routines she thinks best for getting the job done and surveying the tools that work.
- Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day by Becky Rapinchuk (Touchstone).
Cleaning can be like dieting, a perpetual cycle of “I’ll start tomorrow” or yo-yo efforts. Rapinchuk, a popular blogger, presents a way to stay on track, stop feeling defeated, and get into the habit of keeping things neat.
- The Art of Discarding: How To Get Rid of Clutter and Find Joy by Nagisa Tatsumi (Hachette).
Promoted as the book that inspired author Marie Kondo (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up; famous for her folding methods and keeping only what sparks joy), this title follows suit, stressing how to let go of mess and clutter.
- Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life by Peter Walsh (Rodale). The secret to any cleaning technique is to get rid of stuff, which can be a very difficult and emotional process. Walsh, who just happens to be Oprah’s expert, delivers tips on some of the hardest downsizing jobs, those tied intimately to family history.