Here it is the third week of the New Year, and I finally feel like I am getting it. I've gotten back into the routine, and I've been getting some stuff done. Monday I tackled the bookshelves in the library. I was planning on thinning out the shelves to make room for all the books that are piled in my room. As I started pulling books off, I noticed the layer of dust at the front of the shelves and behind the books, so I decided to take them all off and dust the shelves so that my books would return to a nice clean home.
I am trying to be more selective about the books I keep (especially since I receive between three and eight review copies each month). I loan books out, give them away, and this week, I decided to pack some up. I go back and forth about the practicality of having books in boxes. In my gut I feel like I should just let go completely. However, there are some books that I might like to have access to, and I do have some attic storage. There have been times that I've wanted to access a book that was boxed up and couldn't find it.
So I came up with a solution. Each time I decided that a book was box-worthy, I wrote the title down on the outside of the box. I organized it into columns by category so that they would be easy to find: parenting, travel, Christian, fiction. I tried to be ruthless about what to keep, but ruthless has a loose definition. My parameter was a book that was not readily available, meaning I probably couldn't get it at the library, excluding books that I love from the ruthless process simply because I love them.
In addition to the box full of books that will go into storage, I have a shopping bag full of books that I will give away, and look--empty shelves!! There are books in piles in my bedroom that will soon fill those spots, but I'm excited to use at least a couple of shelves to store books that I want to read soon, not just as a showcase. It seems practical and efficient.
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Speaking of bloggy happenings, I've decided to become a Company Girl.
Rachel Anne has always been such a sweet encourager in the art of creating a Home Sanctuary. This month she kicked off a plan to help us create a better home by doing the small things. Click the button for all the info. It's not too late to join in. Due to her challenges this week, on Monday I vacuumed the hall and my bedroom in addition to the downstairs rug to help get things back in order after the weekend. Then today I tackled a bed--you know that crawlspace that hides clutter? Since Amanda's bed got moved to Kyle's room, and she's sleeping in her loft, I decided to see what had accumulated under his bed in the couple of months it's been in there. I threw away a couple of handfuls of trash and cleared out some books and shoes that were hiding.
I'm looking forward to see what new habits I'll make one small thing at a time.