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New Year, New You  by Heidi Rodeback

The New Year is a natural time for looking back at the old, taking stock of the new, and making resolutions to improve. But studies have shown that as many as 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail.

If you find yourself falling into the 80 percent year after year, the problem could be that you need a little more study. Make the American Fork Library your first stop this January and find a wealth of resources to help you succeed.

If home organization is your goal, the library has good news!

We’ve invited two experts, Mary Wood and Sarah Hansen, to present a free seminar on how to eliminate clutter and stay organized. Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 27th, 2:00 p.m., and join us in the Gardner Community Room for an afternoon of organizational inspiration.

We’ve also stocked our shelves with the latest and greatest titles by expert organizers, bloggers, and even one self-professed, die-hard slob. If you feel you’ve already tried everything, take heart! These brand new titles—many of them published in 2017—have many new ideas for you. Somewhere on our shelves you’re sure to find the inspiration that will spark your organizing revolution.

Check out these titles:

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, by Dana K. White. “The dirty little secret about most How to Manage Your Home without Losing Your Mindorganizing advice is that it’s written by organized people,” says blogger, speaker, and decluttering expert Dana K. White. “But that’s not how my brain works. I’m lost on page three.” Dana blogs at A Slob Comes Clean, chronicling her successes and failures with her self-described “deslobification process.” With a huge helping of empathy and humor, Dana provides a step-by-step process with strategies for getting rid of enormous amounts of stuff in as little time (and with as little emotional drama) as possible.

The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself, by Becky RapiThe Organically Clean Homenchuk. Forget about chemical cleaners and pricey "green" products--all you need are a few simple kitchen staples to make your whole house sparkle! The Organically Clean Home features 150 easy-to-make recipes for cleaning products filled with all-natural ingredients you can trust (and actually pronounce!). From dishwasher detergent to antibacterial wipes, America's favorite cleaning blogger Becky Rapinchuk guides you through the steps needed to make t everyday necessities—without spending a fortune.

Organization Hacks: Over 350 Simple Solutions to Organize Your Home in No Time! by Carrie Higgins. Fix your Organization Hackscluttered cabinets, overflowing drawers, and messy living areas with these tips, tricks, and project ideas. Carrie Higgins has made it her mission to share fresh ideas for the home on her blog Making Lemonade. In this guide she has collected her best quick fixes, innovative hacks, and DIY solutions to keep your home looking beautiful, such as using a ladder and a collection of S-hooks for additional pots and pans storage; attaching a binder clip to your nightstand for your phone charger so the end never falls under the bed again; and using daylight saving time as a reminder to check the expiration date on the medications in your medicine cabinet.

Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality, by Katie and Kelly McMenamin. Organize Your WayOrganization isn’t one-size-fits-all. Different people need different solutions. Fortunately, Katie and Kelly McMenamin—the organizing gurus behind PixiesDidIt!®—have found the key to making organization stick, with strategies that work for every personality. Whether you’re OCD or a little less fastidious, Katie and Kelly will help you discover your organizational style, using unconventional approaches or sticking to what already works. Along with personality-based solutions for every space in your home, they offer advice on solving strife between different “PixieTypes.” So you can keep the stuff you love . . . and the peace!

Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day, by solutions and advice that can help you create a Real Life OrganizingPinterest worthy home on a small budget: Learn how to organize your home, simplify life and have more time for the things you love. Organizational expert Cassandra ‘Cas’ Aarssen, the guru from YouTube’s ClutterBug channel, reveals her tips, tricks and secrets to a clean and clutter free home in just 15 minutes a day. Aarssen spends her time organizing other people’s homes, teaching college workshops on organization, and creating weekly videos and blog posts.

Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day,Simply cleanby Becky Rapinchuk. From the cleaning and homekeeping expert and creator of the wildly popular Clean Mama blog comes a simple and accessible cleaning guide with a proven step-by-step schedule for tidying a home in just ten minutes a day. Becky Rapinchuk, the “Clean Mama,” understands that many people don’t have the time, organizational skills, or homemaking habits to maintain a constantly clean and decluttered living space. In Simply Clean, Becky will help you effortlessly keep a tidy house and build habits to become a neat person—no matter how messy you may naturally be!

The Complete Book of Home Organization, by Tori Hammersley. Have you ever wished you had the time and tools to organizThe Complete Book of Home Organizatione your house in a clutter-free, design-conscious, Pinterest-worthy way? From storage solutions and cleaning tips to secret space-saving methods and expert strategies, The Complete Book of Home Organization is packed with the tips and shortcuts you need to effectively organize your home. From small spaces and apartment solutions to how to tackle a big, messy home with a 15-week total home organization challenge, this book covers it all. With step-by-step instructions, detailed illustrations, and handy checklists, say goodbye to a messy home and wasted storage space!

Heidi Rodeback earned a B.A. in Russian literature from Brigham Young University, completed post-graduate work at the Colby College Piano Institute, and holds certification as a Colleague in the American Guild of Organists. She teaches piano and organ and freelances as an accompanist in American Fork. Active in civic life, Heidi has served two terms on the American Fork City Council and currently chairs the American Fork Library Board of Trustees.