Is your passion for waxing waning? The Denver Public Library has many motivating and practical resources if you find yourself in a housecleaning slump after the busy holiday season.
If you want to spend less time cleaning and more time doing the things you love, reducing clutter is the best way to streamline the process. You don't need to become a radical minimalist, but paring down what you don't need will not only simplify your housework, but can relieve stress and anxiety. There are countless online resources that offer guidelines for this, but it all comes down to getting rid of duplicates and things you don't use, love, or need. Jettisoning unfinished craft projects or failed hobbies can be especially liberating, freeing you from feelings of oppression and guilt.
Marie Kondo inspired millions to declutter with her 2014 book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up : the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, followed by Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, in 2015.
Many, many books about minimalism soon followed:
- Good Housekeeping Simple Organizing Wisdom: 500+ Quick & Easy Clutter Cures, by Good Housekeeping
- Clutter Intervention: How Your Stuff is Keeping you Stuck, by Tisha Morris
- Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More, by Courtney Carver
- The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Focused Life, by Joshua Becker
- It's all too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff, by Peter Walsh
- Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff, by Dana White
- New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living, by Cary Telander Fortin
- Cozy, Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff, by MyQuillyn Smith
You can also read the latest issue of Real Simple (and lots of other magazines) using Flipster, which is available with your DPL card.
Conquering the chaos in your home will set the stage for more leisure time and less worry—and will make housework enjoyable and less of a chore.
Next: Part II - Ninja House Cleaning