Off the Shelf: Let’s get organized

Winter is a good time to clean out the closets and organize the paperwork you’ve been meaning to get to. If you’re looking for motivation, check out some of these titles available at the library.

Some are available as audiobooks, so you can listen as you make progress!

“Organizing for the Rest of Us: 100 Realistic Strategies to Keep Any House Under Control,” by Dana White, available at the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) as an eBook or eAudiobook.

From the publisher: “Traditional organizing advice never worked for Dana K. White. ‘Is it possible,’ she wondered, ‘to get organized without color coding my sock drawer?’ As Dana let go of the need for perfection, she discovered the joy of having an organized house in the midst of everyday life.

“Get It Together: Organize Your Records so Your Family Won’t Have To,” by Melanie Cullen, available at NOLS as a book.

Adapted from the publisher: “If you’re like a lot of people, you keep important information — from automated bill-pay details to passwords to the location of important documents — in your head or stashed in the odd desk drawer. This guide will help you gather your records and prepare important documents.

“The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter,” by Margareta Magnusson, available at NOLS as a book, eBook, eAudiobook and audiobook on CD.

From the publisher: “In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning ‘death’ and städning meaning ‘cleaning.’ This surprising and invigorating process of clearing out unnecessary belongings can be undertaken at any age or life stage but should be done sooner than later, before others have to do it for you.

“Joy at Work: Organizing your Professional Life,” by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein, available at NOLS as a book, eBook and eAudiobook.

Adapted from the publisher: “Using the KonMari Method and cutting-edge research, ‘Joy at Work’ will help you overcome the challenges of workplace mess and enjoy the productivity, success, and happiness that come with a tidy desk and mind.”

“In Case You Get Hit by a Bus: How to Organize Your Life Now for When You’re Not Around Later,” by Abby Schneiderman, available at NOLS as a book and eBook.

Adapted from the publisher: “A step-by-step program for getting your life in order, so you’re prepared for the unexpected. Even the most disorganized among us can take control of our on- and off-line details so our loved ones won’t have to scramble later.

Also …

Another free library resource to help as you get organized is an upcoming virtual talk, part of the monthly Intentional Aging discussion group program, featuring professional organizer Kristin DeCou.

Learn how to simplify, get organized, and create space for what matters most from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Register at A recording will be available following the online talk.

More information

Stop by the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., to find inspiring reads or browse the catalog at

For more information, call 360-683-1161 or email to

Emily Sly is manager at the Sequim Library.