Spring Cleaning Made Easy at the Library
Laura Chadwick

Spring is finally here and that means it’s time to roll up your sleeves and prepare yourself for the annual task of Spring cleaning! Luckily for you, the Niagara Falls Public Library wants to help. No, that doesn’t mean I’m heading to your place with a mop and bucket, but it does mean I’m recommending 5 books to help you clean more efficiently and effectively!

 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Marie Kondo

This bestselling book is one of the most beloved organization and simplification tomes of all time. In it, the author explains the KonMari method of tidying up. This method is both brutal and effective: discard everything that does not “spark joy” and designate a specific place in your home for everything that does.

 

Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day

Cassandra Aarssen

If the KonMari method is too intense for you, Aarssen’s book may be more up your alley. Aarssen is the YouTube star of ClutterBug and her relaxed approach to staying clean and clutter-free, while also enjoying a fun and busy life, is practical for almost everyone.

 

Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster - and Loving Your Home Every Day

Melissa Maker

Maker is  the owner of a successful home-cleaning service in Toronto and another popular YouTube star. Her first book focuses on how you can achieve a cleaner home in 3 simple steps that she calls the Maker Method: determine your MIAs (most important areas) to clean, use cleaning best practices (best products, best tools, and best techniques), and develop cleaning routines and schedules that work for you.

 

The Cleaning Ninja: How to Clean Your Home in 8 Minutes Flat and Other Clever Housekeeping Techniques

Courtenay Hartford

Hartford’s book is for everyone who doesn’t really have the time or motivation to devout hours to a big Spring clean. She breaks things down into manageable tasks and illustrates the three basic tenets to achieving a home that looks and feels clean, even if it’s not perfect. These tenets include making sure your house smells clean, creating shiny and clean focal points in a room, and removing any noticeable mess.

 

Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxin-Free Recipes

Dionna Ford and Mandy O’Brien

Even the most fanatical neat-freaks can agree that some of the chemicals that go into your average household cleaners seem a bit unnecessary and unsafe, especially when children and pets are in the picture. The cleaner recipes in this book provide you with safer and greener alternatives for making your home spic and span.

 

Laura Chadwick is the Information Resources and Connections Librarian with the Niagara Falls Public Library.

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