The Importance of Spring Cleaning - and the Books to Help You Do It

Stack of books - The Happy Homebody, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, The Little Book of Hygge, and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Goodbye, Winter. Hello, Spring! 

It's such a nice feeling to feel the warmth of the Sun on your skin again after the cold has sunk into your bones throughout the winter. 

And now that we are sloughing off the winter blues, it's time for the annual spring cleaning. Everything needs freshening up, the corners need clearing, the weeds need whacked.

Your space needs the breath of fresh air you've finally felt able to take. 

But, perhaps its been a rough winter, or a few rough winters have gone by since you've really gotten to the bottom of that stack of tired clothes or things you threw in a tub because you just didn't have it in you to make the decision to keep or throw out. That's okay.

You've survived, you're still here. Now that you've got the energy, though, how do you know where to start? And what is Hygge anyway? Is there a secret to making your space the perfect place for your body and mind to thrive? 

Well, and I'm sure you're not surprised by our saying this, there are some books to help you with that. 

 

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

by Meik Wiking

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets of Happy Living by Meik Wiking

"In The Little Book of Hygge introduces you to this cornerstone of Danish life, and offers advice and ideas on incorporating it into your own life, such as:
• Get comfy. Take a break.
• Be here now. Turn off the phones.
• Turn down the lights. Bring out the candles.
• Build relationships. Spend time with your tribe.
• Give yourself a break from the demands of healthy living. Cake is most definitely hygge.
• Live life today, like there is no coffee tomorrow.

From picking the right lighting to organizing a hygge get-together to dressing hygge, Wiking shows you how to experience more joy and contentment the Danish way." - from the Publisher

 

The Happy Homebody

by Elizabeth Gray

The Happy Home Body: A Field Guide to The Great Indoors written and illustrated by Elyzabeth Gray

"A self-care book for introverts, filled with thoughtful reflections, funny musings, and creative prompts.

The Happy Homebody includes:
• Inspirational quotes and musings for introverts
• Creative journaling prompts for self-reflection
• Playful indoor activities including doodling, coloring, word search, and recipes
• Self-care tips for quiet types
• and more!

In a world that favors noise over naps, this book will remind you that being a homebody is cool—and actually good for you. It is your permission slip to put your phone on “do not disturb” and a field guide to celebrating the simple pleasures of hanging out at home. Discard your shoes, slip into something comfy, and carve out a few uninterrupted hours to do whatever you want...or nothing at all." - from the Publisher

 

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

by Margareta Magnusson

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

"In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning meaning “death” and städning meaning “cleaning.” This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you. In The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, artist Margareta Magnusson, with Scandinavian humor and wisdom, instructs readers to embrace minimalism. Her radical and joyous method for putting things in order helps families broach sensitive conversations, and makes the process uplifting rather than overwhelming." - from the Publishers

"I found her advice to be solid and appropriate for people of all ages (albeit written with an older generation in mind). It's a quick and easy read I highly recommend!" - Amy, bookeller

 

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

by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo book cover

 

"With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire." - from the Publishers

You can also pick up a copy of the second book in this decluttering series - Spark Joy

 

 

Make your space how YOU want it this year.

Happy Reading and Happy Cleaning!