Ask the Business Librarian 6-9

By Liz Kudwa

Q:  Now that spring is here, I’m working on a plan to de-clutter my home.  What types of books does the library have that could help me with this daunting task?

A:  It is the perfect time for spring cleaning!  We have a great selection of titles to choose from that can help you plan out your de-cluttering mission!  Below is a sample of what is available at the Capital Area District Library.

o    Better Homes And Gardens Clutter Cutters: Store It With Style From Better Homes And Gardens
o    Decluttering by Bernice Walmsley
o    I Hate Filing: Everything You Need To Get Organized For Success And Sanity At Home, On The Run, And In The Office by Sharon Mann
o    Mission, Organization: Strategies And Solutions To Clear Your Clutter by Editor, Amy Tincher-Durik
o    The Organized Parent: 365 Simple Solutions To Managing Your Home, Your Time, And Your Family’s Life by Christina Baglivi Tinglof
o    Organizing For Dummies by Eileen Roth
o    Organizing For Your Brain Type: Finding Your Own Solution To Managing Time, Paper, And Stuff by Lanna Nakone
o    Organizing Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin
o    Storage & Display by Martha Fay

These two free websites also may offer some suggestions for de-cluttering.  Additionally these sites offer interactive message boards where you can post questions and receive answers to your most challenging de-cluttering problems.

This is FlyLady’s list that has grown by leaps and bounds due to her special way of weaving housecleaning tips with homespun humor and daily musings about life. She has a no-nonsense approach to getting your house and your life in order. She mixes housekeeping advice with insights about life and love and anything else that is on her mind.

A free site with tips on cleaning, message boards where you can post questions, printable forms to help you get organized and much more!

If clutter is totally taking over your home or office, Rita Wilhelm, founder of Cluttergone LLC, will teach you how to de-clutter your home and reclaim your life with a program at our Haslett Library.  Rita teaches classes and has conducted group seminars on organizing.  She has also volunteered her organizing skills to several non-profit agencies in the Greater Lansing area. Wilhelm specializes in residential and small business organizing.
The Capital Area District Library welcomed Rita Wilhelm to the Haslett Library, 5670 School St. on Thursday, May 24  for “Clutter Control!”   You can find out more information by calling (517) 339-2324.  For more information visit www.cluttergone.com.

Elizabeth Kudwa  is the Head Librarian at the Leslie Library,
201 Pennsylvania Street, Leslie, MI.  Contact her at 517-589-9400 or by e-mail at