Spring Cleaning made Easy(ish)

Spring cleaning

...I wonder where the idea came from. Once the weather turns warmer and the sun shines, I will gladly “spring clean” the flowerbeds and rake the autumn leaves. The last thing I want to do is chores inside!


Sometimes some inspiration is needed to make the idea of indoor cleaning more appealing. Capital Area District Libraries has a variety of books available that cover cleaning techniques, such as The Cleaning Ninja, and cleaning products, such as Homemade Cleaners.


We also have titles about decluttering, minimalism, downsizing and organization. Fans of the Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” can turn to the books that inspired the show: Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy.


After cleaning and organizing you will face a related issue—what to do with items which currently aren’t serving their intended purpose but have sentimental value. What to do with all the t-shirts you earned from running races or the dresser you inherited from grandma that doesn’t quite go with your decorating style? Plenty of books provide ideas for repurposing items, such as T-shirt Quilts Made Easy or Weekend Furniture.


Lastly, if you prefer to find inspiration in magazines, CADL has an extensive collection that included titles like Good Housekeeping, Real Simple and Magnolia Journal. You can reduce the clutter in your home by accessing the digital versions on our RBdigital app, available to our members.

Lynn H., CADL Dansville