Cosmo is photoshopped to look like he's sitting on top of a roomba with a duster in his paw.

Hello and happy April! It’s your good pal, Cosmo the library cat again. I recently overheard some of the librarians talking about a thing called “spring cleaning.” I’m a very tidy guy, as we cats take personal hygiene quite seriously. However, I find house cleaning rather alarming because it usually involves those big, scary machines that run around roaring and gobbling up everything in their path. I believe you call these monsters “vacuum cleaners” (Did you know there are cats who actually like riding around on Roombas? Absolutely bonkers!) Still, if cleaning is something you feel the need to do, we have a variety of helpful books on this subject at Grand County Public Library. 

Want to simply declutter? Try “The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up” by, you guessed it, Marie Kondo, who helped create this special edition of her famous book for young people. While “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” might sound macabre, it’s actually quite sweet and sensible. It’s based on the concept of not leaving behind a huge pile of useless clutter for others to deal with, while reflecting on the small joys in your life. If cleaning and organizing stress you out and you don’t know where to even begin, try “How to Clean House While Drowning.” This book has helpful strategies to find manageable and self-compassionate approaches, such as “How to see chores as kindnesses to your future self, not as a reflection of your worth.”  “Organic Housekeeping,” “Naturally Clean,” and “101 Home Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide: the Clean Green Home Revolution,” have tons of useful information on ways to clean without using toxic chemicals (Take it from me, your pets will appreciate it)! I also highly recommend taking a look at our audiobook collection to help keep you entertained while you clean. Stop by the library or browse online at and we can help you get a fresh start on your spring cleaning. 

Now, it’s time for me to tend to my own cleaning regimen: getting my fur all sleek and shiny, and straightening out my magnificent whiskers. Meow for now, my friends!