Happy Birthday to me!  I celebrated my birthday this week and received what I consider one of the best gifts ever…an Amazon.com gift card!  I knew exactly how I would spend that gift card money....adding to my library of professional books.
 
I’m a voracious consumer of books…particularly books that serve as a resource for Home Refinement in any way, shape or form.  As a professional organizer and home stager,  keeping a never-ending stack of books on my nightstand (and reading them!) provides vital continuing education on industry trends, techniques, and current best-practices in my field.  It also enables me to make useful recommendations to my clients who may benefit from particular resources.
 
Curious to know what books are on the nightstand and in my Amazon.com shopping cart?

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Surprised to see this ”Oldie But Goodie?”  I think that this book should be required reading for everyone.  The principles are truly life-changing when implemented, and they are universally applicable.  In fact, my daughter’s new school integrates Stephen Covey’s “Leadership Habits” into its core curriculum.  I’m looking forward to having many conversations with my daughter regarding how we can both integrate these habits into our “work life”.

 

Home Design

If you have seen a Target commercial or watch HGTV, you likely recognize this Decorator/Home Staging Diva (she’s one of my faves!).  In her book, Home Design, she describes her easy-to-follow “layered” approach to designing a space.  Each chapter helps you to build on the previous “layer”, culminating in an expertly-designed room.  Not only is it a great resource, it serves as Interior Design Eye Candy!
 

The Family Manager Takes Charge

Most of the clients that I serve are busy moms who struggle to maintain organization in their home, so naturally, I gravitate to resources that can assist this particular type of client.  In this book, Professional organizer and life coach Kathy Peel (a.ka. America’s “Family Manager”) makes the compelling case for running a household like a business.  She offers Family Manager training for the CEO of the house (i.e. Mom) in order to streamline the execution of daily activities and chores.
 

 Young House Love

In 2007, Sherry and John Petersik started a blog that detailed the day-to-day activity of their ongoing home renovation.  The popularity of this DIY blog has reached phenomenal proportions, and when you take time to peruse the content, its no wonder why.  Their blog is like crack for the DIY enthusiast.  A book that encapsulates their best DIY tutorials was inevitable…and here it is!  Can’t wait to sink my teeth into some of these great projects!

Family Photo Organization:  A Guide to Organizing Family Photos for Improved Preservation and Sharing

 

I recently joined the Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO) in order to further my expertise in the niche of photo organizing.  I have been an avid scrapbook enthusiast for almost 15 years, and have a passion for preserving and sharing family stories via photographs and memorabilia.  To augment my education through APPO, I am always on the lookout for other web-based resources, videos and books on the subject of photo organizing.  There are surprisingly few books available on this subject matter, but I came across this one during a recent search.  Looking forward to seeing if I can learn something new from this resource.
 

Quick and Easy Paint Transformations

Over the years, I’ve tackled my share of painted furniture projects.  If this is a pastime that you enjoy as well, you’ve no doubt heard of the new craze in furniture painting…chalk paint.  Annie Sloan is one of the world’s most respected experts in the field of decorative painting and is the driving force behind the Chalk Paint Craze, so naturally I need to include her “How To” manual in my resource library.

So, I'm curious to know what books are currently in your Home Refinement Library, as well as the books you are considering adding to your collection.  Do tell!