Updated – November 2019
I’m back today with more gift ideas! This time, I’ve rounded up an awesome list of nine of my current “must-have” picks for home decor/organizing fanatics and created this Home Design & Organizing Book Gift Guide (you can check out all of my other gift guides here)
These books make great (and easy) gifts, since you can purchase every single one through Amazon! I’m all about shopping online from the couch in my PJs. It saves me so much time and prevents all kinds o’ stress. For me, fighting crowds at retail stores is just not fun.
If anyone on your shopping list is a home design and/or organizing enthusiast, I’m confident they’ll flip over receiving any of these books. And if you’re a regular reader of this blog, I’m betting that you’ll want to grab a few for yourself #HECKYA
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Organizing Book Gift Guide
The Home Edit
When you have 1.4 million Instagram followers, that’s really saying something.
The Home Edit brand has obvious mass appeal when it comes to setting up home organization systems that are not only functional, but provide the visual fodder for one of the most popular home-related instagram feeds on the internet.
It was only a matter of time until Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin (the gals behind the brand) authored a best-selling book where they teach you how to organize by example. Their Home Edit System is a unique approach to home organizing that teaches you to think about your things in groupings and how they “flow” through your space.
Watch for their Netflix series that’s coming soon!
BONUS: The book comes with a snazzy set of refrigerator labels
Martha Stewart’s Organizing
The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines is the tagline of Martha’s latest book — Martha Stewart’s Organizing. This one is on my personal wish list for sure.
Any home organization enthusiast worth her salt knows that every book authored by Martha on the topic of organization systems is simply required reading. An opportunity to gain strategies, how-tos, timelines, and checklists that will help you stay organized all year long straight from Martha?
Martha Stewart’s Organizing is due to release in January 2020, but you can pre-order here.
Outer Order – Inner Calm
Who DOESN’T have decluttering on the brain these days? I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, clutter is toxic. I believe it, and so does Gretchen Rubin, the writer behind mega-successful books like The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies.
In Outer Order Inner Calm, Gretchen explores her belief that a chaotic physical environment contributes to a chaotic internal experience that manifests itself as stress, anxiety, and/or other forms of negative emotions.
Through personal stories and practical action plans, she will inspire you to finally clear the clutter that’s weighing you down—once and for all. A wonderful addition to your nightstand “to read” pile.
The Complete Guide to Home Organization
I am a fan of Toni Hammersley like my parents were fans of the Beatles and my kids are fans of Michael Phelps.
She’s the woman behind the well-known A Bowl Full of Lemons blog, which is all about organized homekeeping. In fact, one of the highlights of my blogging career was the featured blogger on her monthly One Project at a Time series!
I pre-ordered The Complete Book of Home Organization before it was published and could hardly wait for it to arrive. When it finally did, I spent half a day devouring it from cover to cover, soaking up page after page of organizing and home decor eye candy. The book serves as a comprehensive reference book for tackling storage and organization challenges in every space in your home.
Toni shares creative ideas for organizing each space in this book, and uses her stunningly gorgeous home as her classroom for demonstrating how it’s done. Any fan of Martha Stewart is sure to become a fan of Toni Hammersley and this book.
I couldn’t WAIT to get my hands on this book by Becky Rapinchuk (AKA Clean Mama) when it first came out. The Clean Mama blog is filled with valuable tips for keeping your home clean and organized.
Similar to Toni Hammersbey, Becky is a gifted photographer with a beautiful home who treats us to continuous doses of organization & home decor eye candy in Simply Clean. This book will appeal not only to those looking for organizing/storage solutions, but also to those who have a strong interest in using non-toxic DIY cleaning methods in their home.
Home Design Book Gift Guide
Joanna Gaines probably does not require an introduction, but in case
you live under a rock you aren’t familiar with her, she’s the star of HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper. I’ll admit that I was late to the Fixer Upper party, but when I began watching it, I was instantly smitten with Joanna and her timeless design style.
From Fixer Upper fame, to her home decor product line at Target, and her Magnolia empire, Joanna is quickly becoming Martha Stewart 2.0. Who wouldn’t want to learn from this diva of home decor via her newest book?
In Homebody, Joanna teaches a process for creating a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. I love the practical takeaways she offers to help you problem-solve potential pain points in your home.
Yes, Nikki Boyd is a professional organizer, and she offers up many valuable decluttering and organizing tips in her book Beautifully Organized. But for me, the allure of this particular book is the eye candy that is Nikki’s home (those of you who subscribe to her uber-popular YouTube Channel know exactly what I’m talking about).
I could spend hours getting lost in page after page of her neutral, clutter-free home in which everything is placed “just so”. In addition to home decor and organization strategies, Beautifully Organized also serves as the Bible for entertaining guests in your home. Let me just say…I would LOVE to be a guest of Nikki’s #LIFEGOALS.
Dream Home another book that made it on my holiday gift list this year! I’ve spent years consuming episode after episode of The Property Brothers on HGTV. Watching this team work their design wizardry in countless spaces desperately in need of TLC has been a true joy.
Naturally, I’m super excited to learn from the Scott Brothers as they share all of their best wisdom on the ins and outs of buying, selling, and renovating a house. Dream Home is the perfect gift for that person who owns (or is about to purchase) a fixer upper. It provides lots of inspiration via hundreds of before and after photos, as well as pragmatic tips for that special DIYer on your list.
Decorating with Plants
You can’t open up a home decor magazine or blog post without being bombarded by images of fiddle leaf fig plants and potted succulents.
Using plants in your home decor is currently ALL. THE. RAGE. So gifting a book on the topic will certainly elevate you to a gift-giving rockstar.
Decorating with Plants give you the low-down on which plants are air purification champs, as well as the best plants for adding pops of color to your space. This book teaches how to properly accessorize your space with plants, and how to care for them so that you can enjoy your plants for years to come.
There you have it — my Home Design & Organizing Book Gift Guide! Did any of them make it onto your shopping list, OR your own holiday wish list? What other books would you include on the Must-Have list?
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