The author wishes to gratefully acknowledge the work of the following authors. These books provided inspiration during the process of writing and researching this book. Should you wish to further explore any of the ideas you've read about in these pages, these resources are a great place to start. They explore a variety of aspects related to homemaking, such as aesthetics, organization, cleaning, and productivity issues.

  • Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life. Allen, David. (New York: Viking Penguin, 2003). This book can help you become more efficient, organized, and productive.

  • Sink Reflections. Cilley, Marla — The FlyLady. (New York: Bantam Dell, 2002). This extremely down-to-earth and practical book is written in an accessible style and offers many helpful hints for getting your home (and life) in order.

  • Naturally Clean: The Seventh Generation Guide to Safe & Healthy, Non-Toxic Cleaning. Hollender, Jeffrey et al. (British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2006). This book offers an in-depth look at the hazards associated with household cleaners and indoor air pollution.

  • The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty. Lawrence, Robyn Griggs. (New York: Clarkson Potter, 2004). This book offers an insightful introduction to the concept of wabi-sabi. It is a pleasure to read and is illustrated with beautiful photographs.

  • Shelter for the Spirit: Create Your Own Haven in a Hectic World. Moran, Victoria. (New York: HarperCollins, 1998). This book is a personal, reflective guide to creating a home that is both aesthetically pleasing and comforting to your soul.

  • Organizing from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life, 2nd ed. Morgenstern, Julie. (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2004). Julie Morgenstern draws from years of experience as a professional organizer, distilling her wisdom into this practical, easy-to-read guide to getting your home in order.

  • Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter. St. James, Elaine. (New York: Hyperion, 1994). This quick read offers useful tips for streamlining your home and life, improving your health, and learning to enjoy life's simplest joys.

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