We're all feeling stressed out in our lives. We have the job, the household chores, running kids here and there, shopping, cooking, etc. - while the junk mail enters our houses, the emails flood our inboxes, the apps multiply on our phones and we can't keep up with our social media accounts.

According to a 2017 University of California study, mothers who live in homes described as "cluttered" or full of "unfinished projects" were more apt to have higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. If you would like to lower your stress by decluttering, your library can help with library items like those highlighted below.

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"The Home Decluttering Diet: Organize Your Way to a Clean and Lean House," by Jennifer Lifford.

This comprehensive, step-by-step guide shows you how to organize your home month-by-month and room-by-room to achieve and maintain a lasting, clutter-free lifestyle. Drawing on experiences in her own home, Jennifer Lifford developed these distinct and effective techniques that do more than just declutter ― you will learn how to change your habits for good without feeling overwhelmed or stressed. Simply follow the exercises in the plans such as Shedding the Pounds and Building Strength to develop the techniques needed for permanent clutter loss and a forever organized home.

"Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency: Grow Edibles, Raise Animals, Live Off the Grid, Do It Yourself," by Cool Springs Press.

Get ready to be self-sufficient. Whether tackling the garden, raising animals, learning more about alternative energy, or bettering your storage and preservation, "Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency" is the perfect starting point.

Step-by-step instructions and photos will guide you through how to make over 60 complete projects. After all, DIY projects are more fun (and generally easier) when you approach them with helpful aids and tools you made yourself.

Library Happenings

A new creative writing group has come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library, offering an exciting opportunity for people interested in creative writing to get together and tell their stories. The group's next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m., in the library's main meeting room. No registration is required.

Preschool Storytime: Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join us for Storytime on Thursday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m. A different theme is explored each week. Daycares and other large groups are asked to call ahead.

Baby Bounce is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library, featuring songs, stories, flannel board, and action poems for kids, infants through preschool age (i.e., 0-18 mos.), and their caregivers. Program runs about a half hour, followed by playtime and chatting with other caregivers.

Also this month, the library's Book Club will meet to discuss "A Higher Loyalty" by James Comey. All are welcome to join the friendly discussion on Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.

Library hours

The Detroit Lakes Public Library will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 in observance of Veteran's Day. The library's regular hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and all national holidays.

For more information on local library services and programs, please call 218-847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL), a consolidated public library system comprised of 13 branch libraries and nine LINK sites serving the residents of seven counties in northwest Minnesota. More information is available at www.larl.org, and the library's app, LARL Mobile, is available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for free download.