The holidays are here and you might be looking for a few gift ideas for people on your list who are trying to declutter… not add clutter to their lives.

For me, books are my go-to gifts whether hardback, paperback, or audio. If you have a reader on your list, I’ve compiled a short but powerful list of my top reads and recommendations for anyone who is on a decluttering or downsizing journey to simplify their lives.

These are gifts they can read, garner valuable information, then pass them on to someone else who might be on the same journey.

These are my top 4 recommendations

1. Declutter Like a Mother: A Guilt-Free No-Stress Way to Transform Your Home and Your Life by Allie Casazza

This is one of my all-time favorite decluttering books because the author is so vulnerable and admits the raw and real emotions of how clutter was impacting her life. She was constantly overwhelmed and just trying to maintain a house with young children.

The problem was, she thought she was the only one who was experiencing this until one day, she had an “aha” moment. She realized that she and our family were drowning and stuff that they didn’t ever use or need.

From that moment on, she started decluttering like a mother, one room at a time.

This is a great read for all of us, but especially those young families who feel it’s hopeless to even try decluttering with kids.

2. Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K. White 

I love Dana’s approach. She is a “get it done” kind of girl. She is committed to helping people with their battle with too much stuff.

A few of her mantras help you learn how to make quick decisions:

  • If you need it, where is it? (everything needs a home in your home)
  • If you don’t wear it or use it, get rid of it. (Why waste valuable space on it?)
  • Do you really need it if you already have one just like it? (Could someone else use the other one?)

One of her top motivating decluttering techniques is to imagine that you are moving. This mindset creates a sense of urgency, a deadline that helps you develop a more ruthless approach to decluttering decisions and getting them done.

3. The Burning House What Would You Take by Foster Huntington 

Hopefully, you’ll never have to face this decision, but what if you did?

As you declutter your things, you will likely come across items you treasure, perhaps given to you by your kids or passed down from a loved one.

Answering this question helps you prioritize and prepare for the event of an emergency fire, flood, tornado, or hurricane. 

What I found particularly interesting, perhaps due to the digital age is that 68% would take their phone with them. 38% of their computer. 6% family photos or heirlooms.

A sign of the times, a revealing and thought-provoking read.

4. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from A Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson 

I talk about this book all the time because it addresses a sensitive subject head-on that few people want to talk about: dealing with your parents’ stuff sooner rather than later, so your kids won’t have to deal with it when you’re gone.

The author’s approach is funny and uplifting, rather than serious and morose.

If you’ve been thinking about talking to your kids or grandkids, if you’ve been thinking about talking to your parents about this touchy subject… read this book and don’t put it off any longer.

If you would like to purchase any of these books either for yourself or someone in your life, they are all available on Amazon. Simply click the link.

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A bonus!

I’ve also compiled a short list of clutter-free gifts for the minimalist in your life. These gifts are useful, and meaningful, and will create memorable experiences.

  • Spa treatments
  • Date night babysitting
  • Lessons: golf, Pickleball, dance, etc.
  • Cooking classes

I hope you find these gift suggestions helpful in giving a gift they will love and that does not add clutter to their home.

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