Voila…Dust Be Gone!

Even though there may still be traces of snow on the ground optimistic thinkers hope that spring is on the way! Daffodils are sprouting, which signals the time is close at hand to begin cleaning closets and dusting in corners that haven’t been touched since last August. Day-to-day cleaning is fairly easy to understand and accomplish. But sometimes an unusual chore, such as cleaning a tough stain arises, that requires special instructions. The Library has resources that can be helpful with this type of task!

Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook is a good basic reference source. It covers everything from how to dust a ceiling fan to general pest control. At approximately 750 pages it doesn’t exactly qualify as “light bedtime reading”. But it’s a useful guide to have on hand. It would make a great gift for a bride-to-be or a first time homeowner.

1,628 Country Shortcuts from 1,628 Country People is filled with three to four sentence tips on making life easier around the house. Did you know that adding two tablespoons of vanilla to a half gallon of paint will cut down on odor? Also, to sharpen scissors, you can simply cut through a sheet of sandpaper a couple of times? This book is filled with fun and interesting household trivia items that may help solve some pesky situations.

Accumulation of too much clutter can become overwhelming. Spring is a good time to reevaluate which items to keep and which ones need to go to the junk pile, or the next yard sale. Peter Walsh, a professional organizer from the hit television series “Clean Sweep” has written It’s All Too Much: an Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff. He guides the reader room-by-room, and helps to determine which items to save and which items to toss.

All of the resources mentioned are available for checkout at any of our three branches. The Dewey Decimal number for finding these books on the shelves is 640.

Happy Reading!