Library has resources to help you declutter your home

  • Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013 12:01 a.m.

SALISBURY — Do you have too much clutter in your life? Do you find yourself quickening your pace and averting your eyes whenever you pass through that messy garage? And let’s not even discuss those piles up in the attic that are out of sight and out of mind. Rowan Public Library has many resources to help you shed some of your excess belongings and organize the ones you can’t do without.

“Help, I’m Knee-Deep in Clutter!” is a book by home organization professional Joyce I. Anderson. Anderson gives tips on how to shed possessions by tackling some of the biggest clutter culprits in our homes and then moves on room by room. Next, the author provides helpful daily and weekly checklists in order to keep the chaos from coming back.

It was interesting to me that when I started researching resources on decluttering, that several of them focused on some sort of magic number. For instance, “Throw Out Fifty Things” by Gail Blanke shows the reader the physical and emotional reasons why people tend to hold onto things. In the book “Live More Want Less,” Mary Carlomagno shares 52 ways to find order in your life. That’s one idea a week for a whole year to help you become less attached to “stuff.” Not to be outdone, “Living With Less” by Mary Lambert gives advice on how to downsize to just 100 personal possessions.

Once you’ve banished the clutter from your life, you’ll probably want some assistance on how to organize what’s left. In my opinion, these were some of the most inspiring books I looked through. “The Clutter Clinic” by Romaine Lowery is a small book but it had some really good ideas on home organization. It also had some nice before and after photos that prove things can change for the better. If you’re handy with tools, affordable and stylish home organization is literally at your fingertips with “Storage and Shelving Solutions” from the editors of the Family Handyman magazine and “Home Storage Solutions” from the editors of Wood magazine.

If you’re like me, the change of seasons is inspiring you to declutter your life and become better organized. As with most weight loss and diet plans, decluttering possessions works better with a slow start and a realization that long-term success actually involves making a lifestyle change. As you’ll discover, it’s not easy for most people to get rid of their possessions due to numerous psychological aspects. Just keep in mind that Rowan Public Library has several resources that can coach you through it.

Computer classes: Gone Phishing: How to Avoid Getting Scammed — Monday, 7 p.m., South; Tuesday, 1 p.m., East (registration required, call 704-216-8229); Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Headquarters. Classes are free. Sessions are about 90 minutes. Class size is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Dates and times subject to change without notice.

Children’s Storytime: Through April 26. For more information, call 704-216-8234.

Headquarters — Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Time (18- to 35-month-olds); Wednesday, 11 a.m., Baby Time (6- to 23-month-olds); Thursday, 10:30 a.m., Preschool Time (3- to 5-year-olds); Thursday, 4 p.m., Noodlehead (4- to 8-year-olds.)

South — Monday, 4 p.m., Noodlehead; Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Baby Time; 1:30 p.m., Preschool Time; Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Toddler Time.

East — Monday, 10 a.m., Baby Time; Monday, 11 a.m., Toddler Time; Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Preschool Time.

The Edwards Family in concert: Headquarters, Thursday, 7 p.m., Stanback Auditorium. From old hymns to new gospel songs, and even original material, the Edwards Family is sure to deliver an exciting performance. The concert is free and all are welcome. The library is closed, so please enter at the Fisher Street entrance near the Henderson Law Office.

Get Money Smart at the Library: Headquarters. April 20-27 is Money Smart Week at libraries all over the country. Our library is planning the following events to help you save money. For more information call 704-216-8229.

• April 20 — 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Visit the Swap Shop; trade in or trade up at the indoor yard sale where everything is free.

10-11 a.m., Find Free Money; find unclaimed cash and property in North Carolina.

11 a.m.-noon, Get Organized; learn how to get organized from professional organizer.

1-2 p.m., Turn Trash into Treasure; make crafts out of recycled books. All ages.

• April 22 — 6:30 p.m., Grow Green, Save Green; learn how to garden smarter.

• April 23 — 2 p.m., Building Wealth Seminar; learn how to set money goals and understand credit scores and reports.

Julia B. Duncan Players readers’ theater: Headquarters, Tuesday, 6 p.m., Stanback Auditorium. The Julia B. Duncan Players will be back at RPL to perform a special reader’s theater for children of all ages.

Teen poetry slam: Headquarters, April 23, 5:30-7 p.m. N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will be the special master of ceremonies for the evening. Each teen will be able to perform three original poems in three rounds. Winners will receive cash prizes; registration is required. For a list of rules and to register, visit or call 704-216-8234.

PAC Club: Headquarters, April 27, 1 p.m. Do you like mysteries? If so come to the library to discuss “A to Z Mysteries” and enjoy activities and craft. Call 704-216-8234 for more information.

Book Bites Club: South (only), April 30, 6:30 p.m., “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls. Book discussion groups for adults and children meet the last Tuesday of each month. The group is open to the public and anyone is free to join at any time. There is a discussion of the book, as well as light refreshments at each meeting. For more information, please call 704-216-8229.

Children’s art in the afternoon: Headquarters, Thursdays, 4:30 p.m., grades kindergarten-five. Join Miss Jennifer to learn basic art techniques such as printing, sculpting and painting using various art mediums. Call 704-216-8234 for more information.

Displays for April: headquarters, Doll Society; South, student art from Carson High; East, gems and artifacts by Sonia Neville.

Literacy: Call the Rowan County Literacy Council at 704-216-8266 for more information on teaching or receiving literacy tutoring for English speakers or for those for whom English is a second language.

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