Adventures in Spring Cleaning

It’s Spring Cleaning season!’s practically Summer Cleaning season, but I’m not the police. I won’t tell if you’ve gotten off to a late start. To be honest, so have I. Luckily there is an amazing smorgasboard of books on shelves now that will help kick-start those cleaning bursts!

Whether you’re looking to include some greenery to your dreary apartment, going full KonMari on your t-shirt drawer, or simply looking for some pretty pictures to draw inspiration from, I’ve put together some of my absolute favorites. Enjoy, and get scrubbing!

Get It Together!: An Interior Designer's Guide to Creating Your Best Life (Hardcover) By Orlando Soria



I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! Seriously, this should be required reading for everyone looking to make a house into a home. Orlando Soria is the fabulous design wizard we all want in our lives, but most of us are sorely lacking. This book is not only a fantastic resource design, but it is LAUGH OUT LOUD funny. This is wonderful for fans or Queer Eye, or those who wish HGTV was a little more fun. I can't recommend this book enough. It should be you go-to housewarming present!

Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere (Hardcover)

By Zach Klein, Steven Leckart, Noah Kalina


Beyond the eye-catching name, there's a lot to love in this book. Big, full color photographs and inspirational passages dedicated to life outside the hustle and bustle. I look through this every time I wanna relax and get that camping vibe going, without all the mosquito bites.

Shelfie: Clutter-clearing ideas for stylish shelf art (Hardcover)

By Martha Roberts



Beautiful inspiration for how to style your shelves like an adult. No longer will you have overflowing shelves of god-knows-what. We all love books,so why do we treat them so poorly? Display them lovingly, with other objects that spark joy everyday. I actually bought a huge new modern bookshelf after reading this one, and constantly am working towards a display area worthy enough of its own shelfie. It can be tough, but I love the inspiration here, even if it takes me a while to get there.

Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House (Hardcover) By Julie Carlson, Margot Guralnick



I love minimalism, even if I have a bit of a hard time committing myself to the lifestyle fully. In the meantime, there's beautiful books such as this to look at and get inspiration from. What I particularly love about Remodelista is that the authors are aware that real people exist and spaces often need to be functional WHILE looking good. Lots to love here!

Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism (Hardcover) By Rachel Aust


This is a wonderful beginners guide to the minimalist lifestyle, or simply a great way to open your mind to the idea that maybe we don't need so many "things" cluttering up our homes, closets, and thoughts. Not as strict as Marie Kondo's brutal KonMari style of letting go, this is a more gentle and elegant step into paring down and living more.


The Indestructible Houseplant: 200 Beautiful Plants that Everyone Can Grow (Paperback) By Tovah Martin



As part of my desire to make my apartment into something more homey, I've been trying to grow a few houseplants. I'm not very good at it. I have the blood of many poor plants on my hands. I picked this up almost in desperation, and I'm so glad I did. It's got big beautiful pictures, easy to understand instructions, and enough good advice that I haven't killed my latest batch of houseplants yet!


Chris is the off-site sales manager at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY.


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