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…where will it all go?

It’s that time of year again–the time when we all marvel at how holiday-themed decorations, merchandise, and music seem to arrive earlier and earlier. That time when some retailers begin to take a stand against opening on Thanksgiving, and when other retailers begin their campaigns to capture their share of our Black Friday shopping mania.

I will admit that as someone with an aversion to crowds, competition, and hand-to-hand combat, the pictures of night-before camp outs and wild-eyed stampedes make me more nervous than curious about exactly how cheaply I can wrap up my holiday shopping. If these sales and wee-hours-of-the-morning openings weren’t popular and profitable, the stores wouldn’t do them. Clearly enough people are willing to go to great lengths to participate in these sales, and I wish them a safe and successful shopping trip. I will be hiding under my bed until it’s all over.


Photo by David Haines, “The Night Before ‘Black Friday'”*

During the rest of the year when a potential pepper spray attack isn’t a realistic hazard, I enjoy a good bout of retail therapy as much as the next person. What I don’t particularly enjoy is adding more clutter to my house–despite my best efforts to use what I already have, tackle clutter before it takes over, and avoid unnecessary purchases, it’s a challenge to incorporate the newly acquired into the tenuous organization of my home.

The popularity of Marie Kondo’s bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing speaks to a need for some guidance about how we can all downsize and organize the sheer volume of “stuff” that we accumulate. In addition to print, we also have the book available on Overdrive,  and as a CD audiobook. There is a wait for the book in each of these formats, so in the meantime, take a look at these titles available at Nevins that may help you prepare for a tidy, organized 2016:

The Queen of Clean Conquers Clutter by Linda Cobb

Organize & Create Discipline: An A-to-Z Guide to an Organized Existence by Justin Klosky

Put Your House on a Diet: Declutter Your Home and Reclaim Your Life by Ed Morrow, Sheree Bykofsky, and Rita Rosenkranz

It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life With Less Stuff by Peter Walsh


*Photo used under a Creative Commons license.


Author: Kathleen

Reference Librarian and Literacy Program Coordinator. When not librarianing, I enjoy literary fiction, comedy, crafting, history, and politics.

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