Today feels good.
I feel like I gained a new room in my house. I am actually blogging from there right now.
Let me show you.
I am sitting right under my froggy right now. That piece was carved by Master Carver Kevin Paul of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. It was a gift from my partner-in-crime for my birthday a few years ago.
Today was tidy, tidy, tidy… purge, purge, purge, purge. I had to do something while the Beignet dough was rising.
Um, so, I really like books. It is a problem. The books you see scattered here? They are but a fraction. I am getting better. I recently came to the realization that I will not be able to eat these books upon my retirement, so I have honestly aggressively cut back on the purchasing of books.
Parting with books has also been hard for me. But I am improving in this area as well. Like many things, I am beginning to view my possessions as parts of my legacy.
I look at a book and ask myself, “Is this a book you would like to read to your grandchild?” or “Is this a book you would like Buddy or Lizzy to read when they are older?”. If the answer is no, I donate it. If the answer is yes, then I keep it.
“The Secret Garden” stayed. “Captain Underpants” went adios.
Many of the “keeper” children’s picture books went into long term storage. If they will not be read in the next 5+ years, there is no use in them occupying prime real estate on a book shelf.
I even made a small pile for ebay. I am hoping to get a little something for some of those $175 textbooks.
That is also the view of my next “declutter” area. While I have gotten rid of much of the junk, I still want to create a nice area for sewing. I want to be able to keep the machine set up all the time.
And I want to do it using items that we already have.
I will be spending some time out in the garage to see what kind of treasures I can come up with. Wish me luck!
How about you, are you decluttering?
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