Thursday, May 6, 2010

De-clutter - Don't you love that word?

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to ... cleaning? Yes, once upon a time we did heavy duty house cleaning in the spring. Now I'm not so sure. Do people do that anymore? I sure don't. Not that my house doesn't need it, but there are so many other things I'd rather be doing. Anyway, today the trend seems to be more about getting rid of clutter and excess "stuff" rather than actually scrubbing everything clean. And who doesn't have clutter? Everything from toys, collectibles, office supplies, and yes, even books and DVD's can be counted as clutter if you have too many and don't have the room to store them. If you need help busting your clutter we have a great collection of books here at the library to help you de-clutter your home and your life. Here's just a few titles to help you get started:

Clutter Busting by Brooks Palmer (648.5 PAL)
The Clutter-Busting Handbook by Rita Emmett (648.7 EMM)
When Organizing Isn't Enough by Julie Morgenstern (648 MOR)
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost (616.85227 FRO)

So what's cluttering your life these days?

Linda K.


Anonymous said...

Paper, paper, and more paper. It seems like the more I sign up for paperless statements and register on no junk mail lists, the more mail I receive. Add to that receipts, school notices, and ad papers and I never seem to be able to see any of my tabletops.

Anonymous said...

I spent a couple weeks this spring doing the heavy duty cleaning and tossing because I'm selling my house. I have to recommend Downsizing your home with style: living well in a smaller space by Lauri Ward. I think a lot of people are thinking smaller from necessity (less income, kids moving home) but finding they actually enjoy it!

Mrs. John Iselin said...

I have books and I think they are propagating when I'm not looking. Although I rarely read a book twice, I feel like I'm selling my children into slavery when I get rid of them.

The Des Plaines Friends of the Library take used book donations and sell them. I have started to donate my babies there because I know they'll find a good home.

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