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:// ow.ly/10sg9v.
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.