It's almost time for the annual organizational and cleaning bonanza in homes across America. Spring Cleaning season is upon us! If you aren't an organizational whiz (and few of us are!) or you just need a few tips to motivate you, check out the resources below recommened by our staff.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
Is your closet filled to the brim with clothes from another era? Got a stash of papers piled high that haunt you every time you see them? Delve into the KonMari method with this handy instruction guide that will teach you both how to determine which possessions to keep as well as suggest the proper order for tidying, all in an effort to live with joy.
You've got the tidying principle figured out, but folding your clothes the KonMari way is another story. Have no fear! The companion to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up provides detailed descriptions along with illustrations to assist you. Now you can take your tidying skills and your joy to the next level. -- Tyra (Basha)
New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else) by Fay Wolf
If you're looking for quick tips and aren't interested in if anything "sparks joy", then check out Wolf's advice on how to have less stuff and more time. The book is easy to flip through for quick tips or great for sitting and digging into her ideas. New Order also includes a handy list of places that accept donations of all kinds (did you know there are places that will take in your old trophies?!). -- Melissa (Downtown)
Need a few more tips? Take a peek through our Zinio collection for more spring cleaning help. You can view back issues of our current subscriptions and we have special issues focused on organization by The Family Handyman and Better Homes and Gardens.