Spring Cleaning Listens
7 Audiobooks to Inspire Spring Cleaning

It’s easy to sweep thoughts of spring cleaning under the rug, which is why inspiring advice on how to tackle life’s teetering heaps—of the physical, digital, and mental variety—is often necessary to get the clutter-to-clearness train chugging. Check out these audiobooks that go beyond the superficial and focus on tools for truly clearing your space—and your mind—based on what works best for your habits and needs. Bonus: none of these listens will take up room in your home or ever need dusting.

For most of us, outer order contributes to inner calm. And for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work. But when we tailor our approach to suit our own particular challenges and habits, we’re then able to create the order that will make our lives healthier and more creative. With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what’s realistic for most people, Gretchen Rubin suggests dozens of manageable steps for creating a more serene, orderly environment—one that helps us to create the lives we want.

Relax and find happiness amid the swirl of the modern world with this internationally bestselling guide to simplifying your life by a Japanese monk who embodies the wisdom of Zen. In clear, practical, easily adopted lessons—one a day for 100 days—renowned Buddhist monk Shunmyo Masuno draws on centuries of wisdom to teach you to Zen your life.

“Does for mental clutter what Marie Kondo has done for household clutter: pare down and simplify…A bestseller in Japan, this will certainly resonate with fans of Zen practice, or those simply looking to declutter a busy mind.”—Publishers Weekly

Author: Cal Newport
Read By: Cal Newport and Will Damron

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller. Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology, and it’s the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives.

Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world (and become a major hit show on Netlix). Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. She also provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep “necessary” items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, and digital photos, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.

Author: David Brooks
Read By: Arthur Morey

One goal of many spring-cleaning minded guides is getting rid of physical and mental clutter to make room for intangible, but more meaningful experiences and relationships. Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The bestselling author of The Road to Character explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world.

Now newly revised and updated, Mindset has changed millions of lives with its insights. After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant audiobook, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed.

Author: Ashley Neese
Read By: Ashley Neese

In How to Breathe, breathwork expert Ashley Neese gives practical guidance for channeling the power of your breath to help you tackle common challenges such as de-stressing, managing anger, falling asleep, and connecting with others. This audiobook first introduces you to the foundations of breathwork, then offers 25 customized practices that Neese has created for clients over the last decade. Each practice features an introduction explaining the origin, benefits, and purpose of the breathwork, followed by step-by-step instructions and post-practice notes.