Saturday, September 12, 2015


If you don’t know it exists you will never miss it. Truer words have never been spoken about the stuff we have squirreled away and that saying comes from a dandy little book, literally a tiny book, called Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness by Donna Smallin, a collection of tips to inspire decluttering. And what better time to read it, as well as other clean up books at the Monrovia Public Library, than National Clean Out Your Garage Day?
If the goal is to declutter, look at Clutter Free by Kathy Lipp and Cut the Clutter and Stow the Stuff by Lori Baird.  These books not only focus on freeing yourself from things bursting out of your closets and stopping the act of moving items from stack to stack by being better organized, but also focus on the psychological burden of having too much and instead enjoying a smaller and more treasured number of things.

Clearing garage clutter can send you in three directions—organizing, tossing out stuff or having a garage sale. The Complete Home Organizer by Maxine Ordesky addresses specific rooms in your home. Garage Sale and Flea Market Annual will help you determine what collectibles might be lurking and waiting to be sold. Tom Szakey’s Make Garbage Great is all about the zero waste lifestyle that discourages over-consumption and encourages recycling.

With books in hand, your garage awaits.

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