Do you have any tips to make spring clean­ing eas­ier?


Spe­cial to the Whig

Dear Li­brar­ian: Spring is fi­nally here and my house is a mess! Do you have any de­clut­ter­ing tips?

Dear Reader: I’ll share a se­cret – I have a love-hate re­la­tion­ship with spring clean­ing! The warm weather in­spires me to clean, but the lovely long afternoons of sun high­light the dust all over my house. Ex­as­per­ated, I’ll go out­doors and save clean­ing for an­other day.

Thank­fully, the li­brary has many re­sources for or­ga­niz- ing and clean­ing that can help you get on track be­fore the warm weather of­fi­cially hits.

One of my new fa­vorites is “The Com­plete Book of Home In­for­ma­tion” by Toni Ham­mer­s­ley. If you were one of the many peo­ple who loved the book “The Life Chang­ing Magic of Tidy­ing Up” by Marie Kondo, you will be happy to know she re­cently re­leased an­other! It is called “Spark Joy: An Il­lus­trated Master Class on the Art of Or­ga­niz­ing and Tidy­ing Up.” I can’t wait to give that one a try.

If you like Pin­ter­est, CCPL has a great page with many boards of help­ful re­sources – even one specif­i­cally about pa­per clut­ter: http://

As far as help­ful clean­ing tips, I will share my go-to strat­egy: don’t do it all at once.

When I try to deep clean every­thing, I end up dis­tracted and never fin­ish! When I do a room at a time, over the course of a week or two, I find that every­thing is cleaner and I en­joy it so much more.

I also lis­ten to au­dio­books while I clean and that makes the time fly by! The li­brary has many au­dio­books that you could check­out ei­ther in a branch, or on­line, that will make your spring clean­ing seem like less of a chore and more fun! If you haven’t tried down­load­ing from Hoopla (a dig­i­tal ser­vice avail­able through our web­site), give it a try – every­thing is avail­able im­me­di­ately, with no wait times. Good luck clean­ing! Last Week’s Trivia Ques­tion: When was the SAT first ad­min­is­tered? An­swer: Ver­sions of what is now the SAT were first ad­min­is­tered to a few thou­sand ap­pli­cants in 1926. By 1948, the Ed­u­ca­tional Test­ing Ser­vice was char­tered and the SAT was soon the stan­dard test for col­lege ap­pli­cants.

The test has changed over the years, but if you’d like to test your­self, the web­site http:// www. the- big- test. com/ has sam­ple ques­tions from the orig­i­nal and con­tem­po­rary tests, with instant scor­ing.

This Week’s Trivia Ques­tion: When was liq­uid dish de­ter­gent first man­u­fac­tured?

Up­com­ing Event: Come to the Ch­e­sa­peake City Branch Li­brary at 6:30 p.m. on Tues­day for more spring clean­ing tips. Lo­cal green clean­ing ex­perts from My Country Clean will of­fer tips and ad­vice on or­ga­niz­ing and spring clean­ing. Call 410-996-1134 for more in­for­ma­tion.

What Peo­ple Are Ask­ing runs weekly in Jump­start and is writ­ten by li­brar­i­ans at the Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary. Ques­tions? Visit your lo­cal branch, email ask@cc­plnet. org, call 410-996-5600 or visit www.ce­cil.ebranch.

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