Sunday, June 15, 2014

Clean, Organize, Simplify!

Oh, hey there and hello! If you're here it means that you've got a cleaning disaster on your hands.  Or maybe it means that you've decided it's high time to learn how to keep your bedroom looking like it belongs to an adult, not a fourteen-year-old with a burning desire to assert your independence and irritate your mom with the power of stacks and stacks of clothes piled all about the place.
~Jolie Kerr

We picked up a copy of Jolie Kerr's new housekeeping book and can't put it down! Kerr writes a column online called "Ask a Clean Person", in which no question is too grotty - from how to "divide chores so you don't kill each other" to how to "clean, preserve, and/or salvage your wedding dress" (visit her Tumblr to ask her your own question!).  Her book, though humorous, got us thinking about all sorts of housekeeping, so we compiled this list of some helpful guides from the library catalog.  We've tried to cover all the bases - get organized, simplify, household tips for men, tips from Jane Austen, for your studio, even weekend makeovers. Whether you have a specific question to answer or are just looking for helpful tips, we hope we've provided something to meet your needs!

My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag - And Other Things You Can't Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr

Living Simple, Free & Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home and Reduce Stress, Debt, and Waste by Cristin Frank [eBook]

Secrets of An Organized Mom: From the Overflowing Closets to the Chaotic Play Areas - A Room-By-Room Guide to Decluttering and Streamlining Your Home for a Happier Family by Barbara Reich

Clutter-Free Home Living: The How-To Guide by Eugenia Orr [eBook]

Clutter Rehab: Tips and Tricks to Become an Organization Junkie and Love It! by Laura Wittmann [eBook]

How to Be Comfy: Brilliant Ways to Make Your House a Home by Shannon Lush & Jennifer Fleming [eBook]

How to Get Things Really Flat: Enlightenment For Every Man on Ironing, Vacuuming and Other Household Arts by Andrew Martin

A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life by Nancy Peacock

Adopting the Minimalist Lifestyle by Ariel Horowitz

The Weekend Makeover: Get a Brand New Life By Monday Morning by Jill Martin & Dana Ravich

The Organized Kitchen: Keep Your Kitchen Clean, Organized, and Full of Good Food - And Save Time, Money, (And Your Sanity) Every Day! by Brette Sember [eBook]

Inside the Creative Studio: Inspiration and Ideas For Your Art and Craft Space by Cate Coulacos Prato

Jane Austen's Guide to Thrift: An Independent Woman's Advice On Living Within One's Means by Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones

Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life By Reducing Your Waste by Bea Johnson

Find more titles with subject searches!  Helpful subjects are Orderliness, House cleaning, Home economics, Storage in the home, Organization.

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