@ Your Library
By Beverly Ewart
Less is all the rage again, ever since Netflix turned Marie Kondo’s life-changing magic into a reality TV series. A couple of years ago I “discovered” her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and my drawers have never been the same. (That was a pun, which you’ll appreciate when you read the book.) It’s no surprise to me that her Netflix series has sparked joy in so many fans!
Why less, you ask? What’s the big deal? It’s just so much easier! Easier to get ready for work when you don’t have to paw through closets and drawers and laundry baskets to collect the pieces of your attire for the day. Easier to find kitchen cookware and utensils to prepare breakfast before sending your family off to school, or to prepare your lunch for work when you’re in a rush to get there on time. Easier to move if you find you must relocate! Easier simply to find your floor, which is always helpful.
And it’s peaceful. It’s like breathing-room for your soul when your home is clutter-free.
Here is a list of titles on decluttering - in case my pun piqued your interest:
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house 'spark joy' (and which don't), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo's newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home, and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
- Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has revolutionized homes--and lives--across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to her acclaimed KonMari Method, with step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. She also provides advice on frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep "necessary" items that may not bring you joy.
- The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family From a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson. In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering called döstädning, dö meaning "death" and städning meaning "cleaning." Margareta instructs readers to embrace minimalism, and suggests which possessions you can easily get rid of (unworn clothes, unwanted presents, more plates than you'd ever use) and which you might want to keep (photographs, love letters, a few of your children's art projects). Digging into her late husband's tool shed, and her own secret drawer of vices, Margareta introduces an element of fun to a potentially daunting task. Along the way readers get a glimpse into her life in Sweden, and also become more comfortable with the idea of letting go.
- The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay. Jay introduces a five-step family program that will help you downsize, declutter, and maintain a streamlined life. Her minimalist lifestyle techniques will help you maximize space, free up time and energy, and keep things organized. Start living your life!
- Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster--and Loving Your Home Every Day by Melissa Maker. "Clean My Space takes the chore out of cleaning with Melissa's incredible tips and cleaning hacks (the power of pretreating!) her lightning fast 5-10 minute "express clean" routines for every room when time is tightest, and her techniques for cleaning even the most daunting places and spaces. And a big bonus: Melissa gives guidance on the best non-toxic, eco-conscious cleaning products and offers natural cleaning solution recipes you can make at home using essential oils to soothe and refresh. With Melissa’s simple groundbreaking method you can truly live in a cleaner, more cheerful, and calming home all the time"-- Amazon.
- The Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders. "In her late twenties, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy--only keeping her from meeting her goals--she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life from July 2014 to June 2015, during which time she bought only consumables: groceries, toiletries, gas for her car. Along the way, she challenged herself to consume less of many other things besides shopping. She decluttered her apartment and got rid of 70 percent of her belongings; learned how to fix things rather than throw them away; researched the zero waste movement; and completed a television ban. At every stage, she learned that the less she consumed, the more fulfilled she felt. What started as a simple challenge quickly became a lifeline, however, as Cait found herself in a number of situations that turned her life upside down. In the face of hardship, she realized why she had always turned to shopping, alcohol and food--and what it had cost her, for so many years. By not being able to reach for any of her usual vices, Cait changed habits she'd spent years perfecting and discovered what truly mattered to her"-- Provided by publisher.
- The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking. The Danes are famously the happiest people in the world, and hygge is a cornerstone of their way of life. Hygge (pronounce Hoo-ga) loosely translates as a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. You know hygge when you feel it. It is when you are cuddled up on the sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right. It is about gratitude and savoring the simple pleasures in life. In short, it is the pursuit of everyday happiness. From picking the right lighting to organizing a Hygge get-together to dressing hygge, Wiking shows you how to experience more joy and contentment the Danish way. -- Publisher description.
- Organized Enough: The Anti-Perfectionist's Guide to Getting - and staying - organized by Amanda Sullivan. "If you're looking to clean up but not clean out, if you want to declutter but don't want to throw out eighty percent of your stuff, if you want to be able to find matching socks in the morning but don't want a color-coded sock drawer, you've come to the right place. Organized Enough offers a groundbreaking, science-driven method for getting--and staying--organized. Amanda Sullivan's proven approach will teach you the lifelong habits of the organized, showing you how to make cleaning up effortless and automatic. With seven concepts to help you define your goals and seven essential habits to keep chaos and clutter at bay, Organized Enough will teach you to reframe how you think about your space, your stuff, and your life."-- Amazon.
Baby Storytime is for kids from birth-18 months and their caregivers, no registration needed. Tuesday mornings from 10:00-10:45am. We feature books, bounce rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and social/play time.
Toddler Storytime is for kids from 18-35 months and their caregivers. No registration required! Everyone will enjoy books, flannel board stories, fingerplays, movement and music on Monday mornings from 10:30-11:00am.
Preschool Storytime is for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. No registration is needed. There will be books, flannel board stories, songs, fingerplays, movement, and crafts on Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15am.
Junior Writers Group is for ages 8-12. This group meets the second and last Thursday of the month from 3:30-4:50. No registration is needed. Children are encouraged to brainstorm on a given theme, write and perhaps illustrate a short story, and share it with the group.
Anime Club. Join us on Friday evenings from 5-7 to experience anime both old school and contemporary. We are currently watching Steins;Gate 0.
Casuals Wielding Dice: Join Dave Crowell Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 5pm on Wednesdays for epic adventures through a variety of different tabletop games!
Chess Club: Mondays from 5pm to 7pm.
Game Club now runs on Mondays from 3-5pm. Stop in at the library and try your hand at any of our multitude of games!
Nerd Club is once again being held at Canton High School! If you know a high school student who might be interested, direct them to the library conference room on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:20.
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