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 indicates a link to a Squalor Survivors book review. If you would like to write a review, contact details and tips are here
- 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.)
- 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.
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