Recommended Reading for Professional Organizers

There’s a wealth of information online about just everything under the sun, but nothing beats diving into a good book! This post includes a number of suggestions to help you find your next read.

Many of the titles will be of special interest to those who are starting a professional organizing business, but most will be of interest to organizers at all levels of experience.

Before writing the exam to become certified or recertified by The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers, you must meet certain eligibility requirements in terms of education and experience. Whether you are planning to write the exam or not, it’s recommended that you continually read materials that will help you build upon your existing knowledge base.

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Books for New Organizers

If you’re planning to start an organizing business, here are a few titles for you to check out, recommended by readers of Your Organizing Business and myself.

The Ultimate Guide For Professional Organizers by Maria Gracia

The Ultimate Guide For Professional Organizers by Maria Gracia

The Professional Organizer’s Bible – Volume 1: Getting Started by Ramona Creel

The Professional Organizer’s Bible – Volume 1: Getting Started by Ramona Creel

Books about Organizing

Here are a few of my personal favorites. Please keep in mind that I’ve been out of the profession for a while, so I haven’t read any of the latest and greatest!

Books about Time Management

Check out my book reviews in the Related Posts section below for more suggestions.

Did I miss your favorite?

If there’s a book you’ve found especially valuable in your organizing business, please tell us about it in the Comments.

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  1. Thanks for the list. I have read a few, but now have more on my reading list. I purchased Gmail Tips, Tricks and Tools. Could always learn more ways to be productive! The organizing and time management books by Julie Morgenstern are must reads. The best.

  2. An hour spent reading is never wasted! We are big readers in my family. I often listen to books or even podcasts while walking, doing mindless tasks and driving. These are all great suggestions, and there are many more out there. I’ve always liked “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.

  3. I highly recommend Maria Gracia’s “The Ultimate Guide For Professional Organizers”. It’s one of the first books I read when I was starting my professional organizing business over 13 years ago. When the update came out in 2009, I was proud to have been a contributor to the book. You can check out my case study which appears on Page 281. I also recommend the books written by Peter Walsh. He was always someone I looked up to and followed over the years. That you for inspiring us all to continue reading and learning. We can always learn something new, whether we are just starting out or have been in the business for years.

  4. Great list of books, Janet. Thanks for putting this together.

    I find that when I read organizing books it’s hard for me to read the book from cover to cover because I find organizing a “doing” activity. But, I do use them as research when working on a particular area of organizing.

    • It’s an oldie (published in 1981), but it’s a fun read. On the back, it says:

      “This book is for you if:
      Your ten-year-old son disappeared while attempting to clean out the basement
      You never answer the phone because you can’t find it
      Your dog prefers sleeping in the dog house, but has to beat out the family

  5. Hi Janet, one book that I love that I recommend to others is Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. It’s a quick and easy read and inspiring. It will get you off the couch and doing the work. Lol

  6. In addition to those you and other commenters have already suggested, here are a few more I’ve found to be helpful or inspirational:

    Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash, by Vickie Dellaquila
    Clever Girl’s Guide to Living with Less, by Kathy Vines
    It’s All Too Much, by Peter Walsh
    Getting Organized in the Era of Endless, by Judith Kolberg

    The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson

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