The start of a new year seems to be a naturally great time to refocus various areas of our lives and find new ways to get organized. Many also think about new ways to make a difference in their community now that the busy-ness of the holidays has passed.
As you pack away your holiday décor, check out some of these books for your Winter reading. We’ve rounded up some of our staff’s favorite books on home organization and community involvement.
by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus
Filled with simple essays about simple living, decluttering, finances, health and more, this book offers new ways of viewing your material possessions as well as creating an intentional life.
by Joshua Becker
While children are the light of our lives, they also tend to add clutter that makes parents feel exhausted. Becker offers a new perspective and approach to overcoming clutter with kids.
by Bea Johnson
Known as the “priestess of waste-free living”, Johnson shares how she transformed her family’s life for the better by reducing waste. This book is a practical, step-by-step guide that will give you tools to reduce your home’s waste and live a simpler life.
by Meik Wiking
As president of the Happiness Research Institute, Wiking brings us a delightful little book that helps us understand what makes the Danes so happy. As you may have heard, the Danes are regularly ranked as the happiest people in the world. What is it about their homes, their work lives, their social interactions, and their food that makes them so happy? How can we bring a little of that into our own homes?
by Niki Brantmark
In this little book, Brantmark shows how to slow down and enjoy a life with less pressure in a fast-paced world. She draws on her life in Sweden, another country where the people rank high on the happiness index. We think that reading this book will make you feel happier!
by Melody Warnick
One of the very best books about falling in love with where you live that we’ve ever read (we wish we had written it)! Use it as a practical and inspiring guide to help you learn more about the community where you live and to find ways to engage and contribute. We think you’ll fall in love with this book, too.
by Peter Kageyama
Kageyama does a great job of showing the powerful importance of cultivating a love affair between people and the place where they live. This book goes deep into how cities can do more, often with little or no money, to entice citizens to engage and find emotional connections with where they live. It’s a great toolkit for city-making, whether you work for your local town or are an engaged citizen looking for ways to make your town a better place to live.