As the temperatures dip, it’s looking more and more like curl-up-on-the-couch-with-hot-chocolate weather. Chores will be chores though. You’ll still have to haul yourself out of your comfortable potato position to tackle basic cleaning. We have a tip for getting around that: Read some books about cleaning … say maybe five. They’re sort of the same thing right?

Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day

“If I’ve learned anything, it’s that a schedule will never be perfect forever…”

Written by Becky Rapinchuk, the blogger behind the Clean Mama brand, Simply Clean breaks your cleaning down into micro-bites of maintenance that accommodate for a variety of schedules and personality types. The key here is to learn new ways of thinking about task management and time constraints that will effectively contain cleaning tasks instead of allowing the burden of the clean to overrun your whole life! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, this might be a great resource.

The Housekeeping Handyguide

“The only thing that is worse than living in a house full of clutter is most probably the task of cleaning it.”

This e-book is a speed read for anybody looking to get a quick masterclass on how to tackle the deep clean. Daria Foster walks you through the process step-by-step in easy-to-read, intuitive language. Cleaning is definitely an art, and some people are just better than it than others. If you’re someone who finds cleaning an inscrutable process, and need a little clarity, Daria Foster is here for you.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”

No list would be complete without Marie Kondō’s trendsetting, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Effective and thought-provoking for some, useless and redundant for others, this book has been sparking endless conversations about our relationship with things, which is kind of the point anyway. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking read as a precursor to the thankless task of cleaning, you might want to pick this one up. 

The Complete Book of Home Organization: 200+ Tips and Projects

“Balance, not perfection, is the key to a happy home.

If you are handy and love interior design, Toni Hammersley’s The Complete Book of Home Organization might be a great year-long exploration for you. Additionally, the thoughtful and beautiful photos will motivate you to make room in your house. More than offering the basics of home organization, Hammersley transforms the process into an aesthetic and creative adventure that will satisfy the Pinterest itch in you!

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify

“…finding ways to “enjoy without owning” is one of the keys to having a minimalist home.”

Written by Francine Jay, this book is a celebration of minimalists everywhere! If you’re finding yourself deeply unhappy amidst the clutter of your personal space, you may want to consider practicing a new outlook toward life – one that involves less things. In the flow of a busy work life, your home might need a bit of simplicity.


Well now you have it. You can put off your chores for another five books about cleaning in the name of consultations. You’ll even come out on the other end more cleaning-savvy than ever! Enjoy! Have a pumpkin spice latte after the hot chocolate is finished. If you’re reluctant to emerge from the couch, no worries. Here’s $10 off on us: enter BLOG10 off your first AskforTask order!


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