I am letting go of lots of good books.
Because my oldest asked me if we could decluter downstairs. (I thought I had done a good job at that this past summer, but I gave her plan a try). She told me we had a lot of furniture downstairs. We then envisioned what we could get out of the house to make it look better. I knew I wanted the shelf out of the kitchen. I wanted to have the kitchen and dinning area as clear as possible.
We moved ALL the downstairs shelves, and the shelves upstairs, and went through every book we have.
It was such a wonderful experience to go through the books with my girls, especially my oldest. She (my KonMari girl) told me that if I had read a book and did not plan to read it again, I should get rid of it. When we looked at the children book titles, both were saying Yay or Nay, and it was most revealing. They wanted to keep books that mean something to them (I read them aloud to them, they read them themselves, or they are interested). I kept our school books. They don’t object to that. Every year and term they know those school books (living books for different subjects) will afford ideas and delight.
I was going through lots of titles, many I still remember when, or at least the time in life I bought them. When I purged through many picture books, I thought how unnecessary they are. Having so many, does not allow us to see what we have that we love and value.
Then they picked two or three tiers in the shelves to host those valued titles, and the result you can see it in the top picture.
I’m typing this as I hear thunder and see the lightning outside. There is something beautiful about storms when they fall steady and just a bit rough.
And the carrots.
They are from Colorado 🙂
I have a good friend that participates in a veggie co-op called bountiful basket, and every month they get big quantities of a few veggies and a few fruits. This month she got prickly pears, artichokes, and lots of those gorgeous carrots. Today, at shopping time, my oldest wants to buy ingredients we may need for a carrot cake. And I will oblige.