Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sunday May 7th, 2017 Spring Cleaning


The snow and ice are (almost) all gone after the recent storm that hit Thunder Bay. Now it might finally be time to look ahead in anticipation of warmer days and do some planning. This might include a spring time deep clean of the entire house or maybe just getting things organized and de-cluttered. You might also be looking outside to your yard or garden and thinking of what you want to do with it all this year. Whatever pattern your spring cleaning follows, the Thunder Bay Public Library has services and resources to help get it all done.

The Good Housekeeping Simple Household Wisdom offers smart and stylish ways to find storage space, make the most of your yard, tidy up around the house, enjoy carefree entertaining and more. This book is a great read for anyone who is just moving out on their own for the first time. It is packed with 425 tips and methods for maintain a clean and clutter free home. It also gets into ideas on decorating, entertaining, DIY fixes around your home, and how to save money.

While The Cleaning Ninja may not take off as the next superhero character, it definitely grabs attention with its promise to turn your cleaning routine into an efficient process that can take as little as eight minutes. Given how long it sometimes takes to wrestle the vacuum cleaner out of the closet I maintain some reservations about the eight minute claim but there are definitely some great tips and reminders to help everyone prioritize the work and get through it with as little difficulty as possible.

5 Days To A Clutter-Free House argues that while most of us aren't hoarders we can all benefit from assessing and reducing the clutter in our homes--and then organizing what's left. Many things stop us from succeeding: the sheer scope of the project, the tendency to lose momentum if the job takes too long, and the fact that we're always acquiring new clutter. This book shows how with the right game plan and a healthy dose of adrenaline, anyone can de-clutter their home in just five days. The authors' enthusiasm and energy keep readers pushing forward to the goal, and their time-tested tips and habits help readers maintain their hard-won gains. The authors even show how to deal with common obstacles to achieving and keeping a clutter-free house, like filing, storage needs, health issues, space restrictions, the car, and even family sabotage!

How much time would you save if you didn’t have to spend it looking for mislaid car keys or that school permission slip you should have signed? How much simpler and less stressful could life be, if only you were a little more organized? In I Want To Be Organised, Harriet Griffey shows how a few simple steps can help turn the most chaotic amongst us into the serenely organized. The book is full of practical solutions, tips, and inspiration to help eliminate clutter, chaos, and stress and save both time and money in the process.

For all of your outdoor cleaning, planting, and growing this year don’t be discouraged by the list of necessary tools for every job. In partnership with Roots to Harvest we have recently opened Canada’s very first Garden Tool Lending Libraries at the Brodie and Waverley Resource Libraries. From helpful how-to books, to agriculture focused documentaries, you’ll not only find the tools you need but also some inspiration at your public library.

Jesse Roberts

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