Does it seem like every home organization project involves me getting my husband to get rid of his stuff? That’s what he said! (Literally, he said that.) Seriously, this week we sorted all of our books and it looked like we were having an estate sale on the dining room table with all of the stacks of books!
Brad loves to buy books. Seriously. He loves to read them, too. Plutarch and his many lives? Yes, we’ve got them all and he’d love to tell you all about them. Shakespeare’s entire works? Those, too. Poetry, anyone? We’re set. Federalist papers? We are your source. Abraham Lincoln – or any president for that matter – check that.
We had books everywhere. Well, we still do but now they’re all organized and sorted. We had books in the office – which we needed to move out before we started the re-do in there – and in our dining room we have books in a cabinet.
- Weekly. This week’s project: Books!
- Small. This wasn’t small because we have loads of books but we did get them all together on the dining room table.
- Clear and clean. After clearing out and off all of the book shelves, I wiped them down and then put back what we’re keeping.
- Get set. We sorted by keep, donate, and sell. The keep pile stayed on the table and we grouped all like subjects together.
- Pack it out. One load has gone to be donated and more are getting sold. No second thoughts. OK, a few but not many came back out.
- Stop buying. Honestly, who has 3 copies of the same book? (“Jane Eyre”) What about 2 copies of the same book? (“Teaching Your Children Values”) Please! We love the library and need to focus on borrowing rather than buying.
- Less is more. How many books do we really “need” in life? We do read books – and no, neither of us is going digital – we can only buy a book if we get rid of one.
That was painful! Even though it looks like a disaster, it didn’t take as long as I thought – unlike the pantry that went on and on – but the college text books we kept from the ’80s? Really? Sell your text books, people!
If you’re wondering, we eliminated 142 books! The second-hand store, a local bookstore that buys used books, and eBay are all recipients of our prized collection. Progress. It’s slow but happening.
How are your home organization projects coming along?
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