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Habits for an Organized Home {My New Book: Make Room for What You Love!}

by | Mar 15, 2016 | Authentic Living, Decorating Inspiration, Make Room for What You Love, My Books, Organization

Habits for an Organized Home {My New Book: Make Room for What You Love!}

I‘m so very excited today to announce that I’ve written a brand new book, one that is very near and dear to my heart! I’ve been wanting to share this for so long! The past several years I’ve been on a focused mission of streamlining and simplifying my life and learning habits for an organized home. I knew for years that keeping too much of the wrong stuff impacted how I felt and functioned. Yet, in my effort to declutter, I’d get rid of things from one closet only to fill up another. Clutter and chores threatened to steal the space and joy away from things I really wanted to invite in to my home and life. I was tired of trying to keep up with stuff. I knew what I was supposed to do, but I just kept spinning in that crazy cycle of clutter and busyness.

I was finally over it. It was time to make changes that would stick. It became clear that if I was ever going to  live a more simplified purposeful life, I would need a new mindset and to adopt new habits. Over time I began to make deliberate changes and became more purposeful and intentional in making room for what really mattered. I’m happy to say I haven’t looked back!

While my house still isn’t perfect (nor will it ever be, life isn’t often as ideal, simple or even clutter-free as we might want it to be), I feel so much more equipped to make better choices every time I’m faced with a decision of what to keep and what to let go of. Once I committed to a new way of thinking, “stuff” stopped controlling me. I have a plan of action that keeps me focused every day on what matters.

Habits for an Organized Home {My New Book: Make Room for What You Love!}

As we were moving into this house (literally), I was also writing this book to share what I’ve learned through this journey of decluttering, organizing and simplifying our home. I’m super excited to finally reveal this exciting news and officially share about my upcoming book today! My new book is called Make Room for What You Love and it will release May 1!

You can preorder my book now at Barnes & Noble or Amazon and it will be shipped to you when it releases! Hooray!

The inspiration and encouragement in this book was (ironically) poured out of my heart and soul at a time of juggling so much stuff (moving has a way of reminding you that you still have too much stuff that you thought was a good idea to keep, until you have to carry it in and out of houses, moving trucks and storage rooms). I should mention here as an incidental side note, that I don’t really recommend writing a book and moving at the same time. But I can tell you that in spite of how busy I felt in that season, the passion I feel for the message I was writing made it my favorite book to write so far.

The lessons in Make Room for What You Love have been such huge game changers for me personally, both in my home and how I view stuff that clutters my life.

Whether you struggle with stuff or just want to find renewed passion for your home and what really matters to you, I hope you’ll find encouragement, lots of grace and new inspiration in the pages of this book.

Habits for an Organized Home {My New Book: Make Room for What You Love!}
I’m so happy to have the opportunity to share my resolve to not let the wrong stuff be the boss of me! What we have in our home and life should inspire us, not weigh us down and discourage us.

This book isn’t about how to become a minimalist in style or how to get rid of everything you own (not that there’s anything wrong with that idea!), and it’s not even about how to organize ALL THE THINGS.

Habits for an Organized Home {My New Book: Make Room for What You Love!}

Make Room for What You Love is an inspiring guide to inviting in what really matters as you learn to declutter with confidence the things that hold you back.

Make Room for What You Love offers motivating home habits to adopt and practical tips for simplifying your home so it will serve your family well and inspire you to achieve your dreams!

The book is divided into ten chapters to encourage you with specific goals and a new mindset for success! You’ll find a practical “challenge” section at the back of the book, designed to set you up with a doable plan for success in decluttering and organizing your home.

If you’d like to help spread the word, I’d love it if you would pin or copy and share the book cover or any of the graphics in this post! MUAH!!! xoxo

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the kindness and support you’ve offered me as I have pursued new adventures. Book writing and blog creating has been such an unexpected joy and blessing in my life. It means a lot to me that you are a part of this!

You can order Make Room for What You Love today at Barnes & Noble or Amazon


  1. Joanne Taggart

    Oh thank you Melissa for the new book. Your thoughts and words resonate with me. I am trying to be more purposeful in my decisions and mindset for my home and thus my life. I am so eager to read your new book. Thank you for your time you put into it. It’s much appreciated.

  2. Emily Clark

    Girlfriend, you are pumping out the books! :) I’m so happy for you. This sounds like a really, really helpful one. Excited to read it.

  3. Seana Turner

    Congratulations on the new book, Melissa. You really got a lot done at once – that alone is inspiring! I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing more:)

  4. Kristen

    Can’t wait to read this one! Congrats!

  5. Laura

    I think I’m going to have to declutter a shelf to make room for my Melissa Michaels book collection! Can’t wait to read it!

  6. Joanne H

    Hi Melissa
    I don’t know how you do all that you do but I certainly benefit from all that you do with your blog, your wonderful books. Can’t wait to read this one…’s Jack doing with all this going on…Have a great time with all of this and how do you keep this a secret, please include this in one of your books ha!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you so much, Joanne! Jack gets feisty when there is a lot going on that doesn’t involve him. Ha! But he’s thrilled that spring is almost here, he LOVES our yard SO MUCH!

  7. Jann from Newton Custom Interiors

    Melissa, I’m amazed at all you do too! This new book looks great, and is a topic that lots of people struggle with. Can’t wait to read it.

  8. Therese

    What do you do when you are married to a man that won’t part with any of the things that fill every cabinet and space in the house, garage and attic!? My husband is a very sentimental man and has a terrible time parting with things. Any suggestions?

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Yes, that’s tough. We really can’t change anyone else, so it’s tricky, isn’t it? I hope the book will encourage you with what you can do to feel better about your home, and maybe the changes you start to make will inspire him, too!

  9. Jo Jo

    Yeah! A new book! So excited as this is yet another subject that is near and dear to my heart along with creating a home I love and live purposely in. We are moving into a new home which we’ve been building over the last 7 months in a different state and I’ve already decluttering my heart out. Knowing that I will be replacing some items and needing some new things for outer home, I want to be mindful to NOT purchase impulsively or hold on to things that just won’t work in the new home. Thanks for writing another book to inspire me to stay the course that I’ve been on these last 7 months. I can’t wait to receive it! ???

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      A fresh start is going to be wonderful! Thank you so much for all your kindness and encouragement, Jo Jo! You are a GEM! xo

  10. teresa

    So excited for you! just pre ordered! I so need this to help me let go of so much stuff…perfect timely…just before we move into our new home!

  11. liz

    I’ve asked my library to order the book…. I may buy it later, but I am currently trying to reduce my books.

  12. Karen on Bainbridge Island

    Congratulations Melissa. This is a big day for you to celebrate! I wish you every success with this new book

  13. Sarah

    Congrats!!! I submitted :)

  14. Amanda

    Congratulations, looks like a good read!

  15. Wicorel Koning

    Hooray! Good for you Melissa (and very good for us, readers)!
    Good luck with all you do plus the plans for and the work on the new house… :)

  16. Susan

    So fun —- wow, do you do anything but write – you are rocking my library!!! So happy for you!!!

  17. Corinna - ADesignerAtHome

    yay! this is so exciting. your first two books have been stepping stones. i can’t wait to take the next step!

  18. Karen

    Received both of your books as Christmas gifts & love them. I keep The Inspired Room on my coffee table to look through each night when it’s my hubby’s turn to pick a TV show. I love the quality of the book & all it’s gorgeous images. I sense a Mother’s Day gift??? Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas.

  19. Deanna Rabe

    Woo Hoo! I’m so excited and proud of you! Your books are a breath of fresh air, encouraging women to be content with what kind of home they have, while making it HOME for their families and themselves!

  20. Samantha

    Awesome!! How exciting :) Congratulations.

  21. Jen

    Can’t wait for this one!!!! Perfect timing with spring cleaning. I am so looking forward to another of your books to add to my collection of favorites.

  22. Amanda @ Serenity Now

    I’m so excited!!! I can already think of three people (besides me!!!) who will need to read this book. Can’t wait for its release. :)

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