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Remember: reading about cleaning up your house is no substitute for actually cleaning up your house! Most of these books are about cleaning and household organization, but the list also includes books on depression, obsessive personalities, and compulsive hoarding. This symbol reviewer icon indicates a link to a Squalor Survivors book review. If you would like to write a review, contact details and tips are here

Organizing From The Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office, and Your Life
by Julie Morgenstern
Review of Organizing From the Inside Out
Excerpt of Organizing From the Inside Out at www.bookbrowse.com
[Organizing From the Inside Out]
Time Management From the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule -- and Your Life
by Julie Morgenstern
Interview with Julie Morgenstern at www.newhomemaker.com
[Time Management From the Inside Out]
The Messies Manual: The Procrastinator's Guide to Good Housekeeping (or any of the Messies books)
by Sandra Felton
Review of The Messies Manual
[The Messies Manual]
Living Organized: proven steps for a clutter-free and beautiful home
by Sandra Felton
Review of Living Organized
[Living Organized]
Sink Reflections
by Marla Cilley - The FlyLady
Review of Sink Reflections
[Sink Reflections]
Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding
by Fugen Neziroglu, Jerome Bubrick and Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias
Review of Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding
[Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding]
Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
by Karen Kingston
www.spaceclearing.com is Karen Kingston's website, you can read extracts and reviews of this book. Click the BOOKS link in the menu on the left and scroll down to Clearing Your Clutter With Feng Shui.
[Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui]
Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff: The Q.U.I.C.K. Way to Bring Lasting Order to Household Chaos
edited by Lori Baird
Review of Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff
[Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff: The Q.U.I.C.K. Way to Bring Lasting
Order to Household Chaos]
Is There Life After Housework?
by Don Aslett
Review of Is There Life After Housework?
[Is There Life After Housework?]
Clutter's Last Stand
by Don Aslett
Review of Clutter's Last Stand
[Clutter's Last Stand]
Speed Cleaning
by Jeff Campbell and The Clean Team
Review of Speed Cleaning
[Speed Cleaning]
Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise
by Pam Young and Peggy Jones
Review of Sidetracked Home Executives
[Sidetracked Home Executives]
Shelter for the Spirit: How to make your home a haven in a hectic world
by Victoria Moran
Review of Shelter for the Spirit
[Shelter For the Spirit]
Too Perfect: When Being In Control Gets Out Of Control
by Allan Mallinger and Jeanette De Wyze
Review of Too Perfect
[Too Perfect]
The Now Habit: A strategic program for overcoming procrastination and enjoying guilt-free play
by Neil Fiore, Ph.D
Review of The Now Habit
[The Now Habit]
Feeling Good: The new mood therapy
by David D. Burns, M.D.
Dr. Burns describes how to combat feelings of depression so you can develop greater self-esteem. This best-selling book has sold over 3 million copies worldwide to date. In a recent national survey of mental health professionals, Feeling Good was rated #1--out of a list of 1000 books--as the most frequently recommended self-help book on depression in the United States.
(description taken from Feeling Good , Dr. Burns's website.)
[Feeling Good]
The No Diet Diet: Do something different
by Ben (C) Fletcher, Dr Karen Pine, and Dr Danny Penman
This book really isn't a diet, it's about breaking the negative habits that bind you.
[The No Diet Diet]


We are always interested in hearing about books that are proving useful to you! If you would like to post a review for any organizing or cleaning book you feel has helped you overcome squalor (not limited to the ones pictured), please send it to . We are primarily interested in books on basic housekeeping issues, not "Martha Stewart aspirational"-type books, as well as books that address the emotional and cognitive issues that underly squalor—like perfectionism, depression, procrastination and anxiety. If you are unsure whether your book is a good match for the Squalor Survvivors audience, just email me and ask.

Kurt Vonnegut says the key to writing a good letter is to sit and really think about the person you're writing to until you can picture them sitting across from you. I'd say it's the same with your review. Imagine the poor squalorees coming here looking desperately for help. Write that person an email telling them what help they'll find in this book. This isn't literary criticism, this is one squalorer to another saying what books helped them. Steering us towards the good natured and the helpful, and away from the crazy-making control freaks. It's just us here, ya know? Nothing to panic about.Cassi