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3 Books to read to improve your life

Inside: A review of 3 books to read to help you improve your life | Press samples.

I love self-improvement books. I love being able to dive in and come out with tools to help me grow as a person and improve the way I live my life.

I have read so many over the last few years, at some point I will write a list of them all so you can add them to your list too.

In this post though, I want to share the latest three that I have read. Each different but all with a common goal – to help you live your life and look after yourself better.

What is a self improvement book?

When I tell people I read self improvement books they tend to look at me funny. I think they get confused with self-help books, which tend to get a bad name. Why, I am not sure because helping yourself through reading can only be a positive thing, right?

Well, certainly there are some bad books out there. Many ‘self-help’ books give out simplistic advice and don’t come from any personal experience of factual evidence. And therein lies the problem and why people turn their back on them.

However, self improvement books are not the same. They don’t claim to change your life in 10 ways, they simply offer advice and examples from personal experience that we can draw upon to implement in our own lives should we want to.

All of the books I have read have been inspiring and insightful. There haven’t been steps to take, just knowledge to absorb should I want to. And over the past few years I have indeed absorbed the knowledge and grown as a person.

Books to read to improve your life today

The last three books I read all covered different areas. One for sleep, one for sorting out mental and physical clutter and one for helping you create a home that runs smoothly.

The Easy Life by Lynsey Crombie

You may know Lynsey as the Queen of Clean as she regularly shares her cleaning tips on ITV’s This Morning.

I initially thought the book might be all about cleaning but is much more than that. Lynsey shares everything she knows about household organisation. And as we all know, an organised home = an organised mind.

The book is broken down into 6 sections, the first one being the introduction. This is where Lynsey shares her cleaning caddy checklist and other handy tips for getting started. I love when things are laid out for me – nobody wants to have to read between the lines, do they?

The next 4 chapters are based around the seasons and I love that. It means you don’t have to read the whole book to get started straight away.

As you’d expect, she shares the obvious things like a spring cleaning checklist but she also includes summer heat hacks, a picnic checklist, a back to school checklist, morning routines, Halloween party ideas as well as a Christmas to-do list.

The book is interspersed with seasonal tips and ways to keep on top of the household tasks so they never become overwhelming.

As a busy mum myself, I need ideas that I can implement immediately and the first thing I did after reading the spring section was to go and sweep my front path and make the front look more looked after. It only took half an hour but it made a big difference.

With the summer holidays upon us, I have already read the summer section and I feel prepared for the months ahead. I’ve also had a little re-read of the autumn section too and I am excited for another deep clean of the house.

The final chapter is filled with extra tips and tricks such as ways to reduce plastic & how to make your own cleaning products, as well as an A-Z of cleaning tips.

If you feel like your housework is taking over your life then I definitely recommend The Easy Life (aff link) to help you get on track and feeling in control again.

Clean Sleeping by Lisa Helmanis

Ahh sleep, I love it but never seem to get enough of it. I’m sure you can relate!

The book starts off by explaining why we need sleep, how it works and how much is enough. Most people have a sleep deficit though and so we start to feel the effects.

Signs of sleep deprivation are:

  • Dry itchy eyes
  • bad skin
  • chapped lips
  • drop in body temperature
  • increased appetite
  • impaired vision
  • increased pain/ sensitivity

And of course, the feeling of being tired is a big indicator. Do you have any of those signs?

There are lots of different reasons for sleep deprivation, either from a lack of hours actually in bed or from various sleep disorders that can affect the quality of sleep you actually get.

The book goes through different areas, from the food we put into our bodies, our environments and our mental health to try and pinpoint the cause and gives lots of tips for helping improve each area of our lives.

I have taken on board lots of tips, such as having dimmed lighting before bed, keeping my bedroom tidy and listening to a meditation track to help me drift off.

There are lots of great resources to help you improve your sleep patterns – Clean Sleeping (aff link) is definitely worth a read if you or someone in your family are struggling.

Sort Your Sh*t Out by Caroline Jones

I really love this book. It is very hands-on, with pages to fill out to help you on your decluttering journey.

It has 3 sections, soring your sh*t out on the inside, the outside and how to stay clear in the future. It is really well laid out and actually helps you compared to some books which seem to just tell you to tidy but don’t help you to deal with the mental clutter at the root of it all.

I liked that there was space to write down how you visualise your home looking at the end of the process. It is so important to have a clear goal in mind, something you are working towards to help keep you on track.

I also really loved the mention of Feng Shui, something I had forgotten all about. I used to love the Chinese practice of organising a room to allow energy to flow but as years have gone by I’ve just neglected it. I definitely want to go through each room in my house and make changes to allow more energy to flow and help us all feel calmer as a family.

The book lays out a step-by-step process for decluttering that is simple and clear. With so many people living in cluttered homes with no clear way to get started, Sort Your Sh*t Out (aff link) is a great book to help you find the motivation and show you the process.


I’d love to know if you read any of the books and what you think of them. I’d also love to know if you have any books you’d recommend that have helped you improve your life.

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I was sent these books to review but all words and thoughts are my own as always.

70 Comments

  • Reply
    Alice Dixon
    July 31, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    I’m really struggling with sleep right now. I’m finding it hard to unwind with a lot happening in my life

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      Emma kay
      August 2, 2020 at 6:36 pm

      Fab info great looking books xx

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        beth Goodyear
        August 9, 2020 at 11:11 pm

        I am struggling with sleep at the moment head always thinking

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      Jeni Dawkins
      August 2, 2020 at 7:06 pm

      I need these in my life! Three boys and a military husband, boys will be in 3 different schools come September my youngest is going into SEN school which is 7 miles away so an hour round trip in the morning and an hour round trip on pickup…. I’m dreading the school run! Lol

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    peter nickson
    July 31, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Struggling to keep on top of clutter we have and tidy up, it never ends

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    Kerrie Zuhlke
    July 31, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    I’m really struggling with the housework! Ever since lockdown I havent been able to catch up with means that my sleep is pretty much non existant as I havent got a clear headspace!

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    Adelaide Morrow
    July 31, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    These all look great, definitely adding them to my book list! Thanks Katy x

  • Reply
    Julie Ward
    July 31, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    Motivation, positive one day negative the next

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    Sarah W
    August 1, 2020 at 1:49 am

    I’m struggling with sleep so much at the moment. I can’t seem to switch off, or let myself slow down! So I can’t sleep, but I’m also exhausted!!

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    Sarah Moorse
    August 1, 2020 at 3:00 am

    Anxiety about not doing anything.

  • Reply
    rachel Richardson
    August 1, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Need to feel positive not negative all the time xx

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    Keith Hunt
    August 1, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Sleeping as a night worker the noise of people out and about is a killer.

  • Reply
    Tina H
    August 1, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    I’m really struggling with sleep and general motivation in life. U need to get organised.

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    melanie stirling
    August 1, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    I can’t get to sleep at night and when I do, I only manage a couple of hours before I wake again.

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    S straw
    August 1, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    I’m struggling to keep the house tidy seeing as the kids have been home for months and it’s never ending

  • Reply
    Donna Lawton
    August 2, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Not seeing my parents due to COVID. My children miss their grandparents but my youngest is too young to understand he can’t hug them

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    dana
    August 2, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    I am feeling really tired all the time and just want to sleep

  • Reply
    Carine Robin
    August 2, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    I am struggling with organising menus, food shopping and keeping track of appointments!

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    Catherine Chetwood
    August 2, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    I’ve been struggling with my sleep on amd off for the last 18 months so anything that could help with that would be amazing 😍…plus I could do with getting my shit together 😂

  • Reply
    Jade McDonald
    August 2, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Is it wrong I want these because the colours would look beautiful in my living room? Haha! They sound really good though so would love to have a read xx

  • Reply
    Lucy Howard
    August 2, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    I’m really struggling with being on top of the household chores. I would be grateful for any help with that. Xxxx

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    Anna A
    August 3, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Love the sound of those books – I’m def entering!!

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    Kim Carberry
    August 3, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Sleeping. It takes me ages to get to sleep and I always feel so tired on a morning.

  • Reply
    Troy Easton
    August 3, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Having trouble try to speak other countries languages.

  • Reply
    Carole Nott
    August 4, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    I’m struggling with being motivated for everyday tasks.

  • Reply
    Gemma
    August 4, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Really struggling to get to sleep!

  • Reply
    Robyn Clarke
    August 4, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Decluttering, I want to get rid of so much and make things simpler, but I don’t know where to start.

  • Reply
    Gwen Biviano
    August 4, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    I am suffering from sleep deprivation following the loss of my business and livelihood due to the Coronavirus Pandemic x

  • Reply
    holly harmsworth
    August 5, 2020 at 1:07 am

    sleeping and anxiety

    • Reply
      Georgie Moody
      August 9, 2020 at 10:16 pm

      Staying motivated to work from home.

  • Reply
    Margaret Clarkson
    August 5, 2020 at 8:01 am

    I’m struggling to sleep as well as I used to

  • Reply
    Michelle Ferguson
    August 5, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Mostly I have good days but do have days when I struggle to get motivated to do anything due to the virus.

  • Reply
    Dale Dow
    August 5, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Wearing a mask. Medically, I don’t have to, however I want to protect those around me. I start panicking so need to rush to get out the shop again

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    adrian price
    August 5, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    sorting my finances –out-really need to get them sorted

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    Christine McTaggart
    August 5, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    I am struggling to sleep which causes me to be so tired each day that I have no motivation to do anything throughout the day. 🙁

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    Helen
    August 5, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    sleep

  • Reply
    Mummyuk86
    August 5, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Motivation

  • Reply
    Helen Arlow
    August 5, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    I struggle to unwind and relax x

  • Reply
    Emma Hussain
    August 6, 2020 at 5:36 am

    Sleep

  • Reply
    Tracey B
    August 6, 2020 at 6:21 am

    I am struggling after having nearly 4 months away from work getting back into a routine, feeling totally exhausted and battling with eating/sleeping

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    Jo Nichol
    August 6, 2020 at 11:32 am

    anxiety

  • Reply
    Irene Gilmour
    August 6, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    anxiety since lockdown never had it before so taking a lot to figure out how to deal with it

  • Reply
    Chelsey Hollings
    August 6, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Self Love

  • Reply
    Angela Morgan
    August 6, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Not being able to hug people

  • Reply
    Lucy Wilson
    August 6, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    I struggle with stress and low mood caused by noisy neighbours

  • Reply
    Sheri Darby
    August 7, 2020 at 7:33 pm

    I am struggling to stay optimistic

  • Reply
    natalie s
    August 7, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Massively struggling to get to sleep at the moment and also to stay asleep

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    Adrian Bold
    August 8, 2020 at 1:33 am

    I’m struggling with sleep because it’s so hot at nights!

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    Katrina Adams
    August 8, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve been struggling with motivation at the moment. It feels like everyone around me is getting lots done and being really productive during lockdown and I had a lot of plans of all the things I was going to do and enjoy. Work went quiet (I work online) and I just found myself becoming less and less motivated and then feeling quite dejected because of it. Still haven’t quite shaken it if I’m honest.

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    Antonia Richardson
    August 8, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    mindfulness im all over the place with everything

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    Victoria Bazley
    August 8, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    I must admit I’m struggling getting the motivation to do exercise and then feel guilty for not doing it!

  • Reply
    Patricia Barrett
    August 9, 2020 at 1:15 am

    I’m struggling with the hot weather this week. I really don’t like it!

  • Reply
    Carly Belsey
    August 9, 2020 at 5:02 am

    I am struggling with sleeping, I can never get a good night sleep, I sleep for a couple of hours then I am awake.

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    jacqui rushton
    August 9, 2020 at 7:17 am

    Sleeping – always!

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    Sarah KNIGHTLEY
    August 9, 2020 at 9:00 am

    I’m struggling with keeping the house clean while we have been on lockdown and now into the summer holidays – it seems overwhelming!

  • Reply
    Susan Ocock
    August 9, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Keeping paperwork I. The house organised

  • Reply
    Mandy Doherty
    August 9, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Struggle with a lack of motivation

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    Rachel Craig
    August 9, 2020 at 10:19 am

    The Easy Life would likely be the most appropriate book for us. Household tasks / chores are not as easy as we age / develop arthritis / become Carers for those who are older , have more health concerns, etc than ourselves. This may be a book which is relevant for us all.

    Cleaning is important. The Coronavirus (covid 19) Pandemic has recently highlighted that fact.

    Struggling :- I think we are struggling to get enough ‘humour’. ” Laughter is the Best Medicine”.

    Entertainment is curtailed presently. Perhaps like previous generations we may need to find a way of entertaining our own family, etc. Older comedy series, entertainers were wonderful. Maybe we need to try and recall their antics, etc.

    Life is for living, Quality of Life is Important. We are advised to have a healthy balanced life. For us humour is a valued part of life, if possible.

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    Lucy robinson
    August 9, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    I just really worrying about everything. I’m making little things a big problem.

  • Reply
    Pauline Burroughs
    August 9, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    I’m struggling with sleep. I wake up so many times during the night. I never wake up feeling rested

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    Kay Broomfield
    August 9, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    I’m struggling with anxiety at the moment, brought on by a combination of lockdown and stressful circumstances. I normally manage fine so the last few months have been a bit of a shock to the system so any books I can read that would help me get past my current challenges would be most welcome!

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    Sarah Cooper
    August 9, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    I’m struggling with sleep after losing my mum.

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    Kate Davies
    August 9, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    We’re all struggling with sleep due to lockdown. Changes in routine and lack of chances to get out and burn energy off my sons struggling to sleep which obviously has a knock on affect to us.

  • Reply
    laura stewart
    August 9, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    fingers crossed lovely giveaway xx

  • Reply
    Sandra Fortune
    August 9, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    I’m struggling with anxiety disorder at the moment . Lockdown and longing to hug my 6’year old grandson is taking its toll

  • Reply
    Michelle Smith
    August 9, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    I’m struggling to get enough sleep at the moment

  • Reply
    Megan
    August 9, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    I’m struggling with everything right now.

  • Reply
    Sue Clarke
    August 9, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    I’ve done quite a lot of decluttering during lockdown but still can’t visualise the end goal. Happier in my home already though 🙂

    • Reply
      beth Goodyear
      August 9, 2020 at 11:12 pm

      I am struggling with sleep at the moment head always thinking

  • Reply
    Natalie Gillham
    August 9, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    This book would be great for me because i’m in trying to de-clutter my home and life. Thanks for the chance to win x

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