One of the books I read and reviewed this week had a big effect on me. Coming Clean, by Kimberly Rae Miller, is a memoir about growing up with hoarders (Click for my review).
While I don’t believe that I’ve crossed over that line…yet, after reading these stories, I become increasingly mindful of how collections can merge into something more. Earlier in the week, I wrote a post about this topic, and about a plan to curb those impulses.
A couple of months ago, I started editing my doll collections, and now some of them reside in the garage in see-through bins. I can catch a glimpse of them…and then move on.
Now the books have had their turn with the purge. After my initial purge earlier in the week, I kept working at it, on and off. And here are some images of what I’ve done so far.
In case you can’t tell, there are five full boxes of books here. And below, take a peek at the empty spaces in some of my shelves.
These two empty shelves in the hallway will be the receptacle of some of the books now resting on my office coffee table and atop my bookcase…once I’ve read and reviewed them.
On the top shelf of this bookshelf, there is room for a few books….more from the TBR piles.
And here’s more space….once occupied by a few really old books that I am very sure I won’t be reading again!
And finally…still more space.
Since part of my plan is to add to Sparky more often than the physical piles, I might actually have enough room for the books awaiting their turn on the shelves.
These are all from shelves in the hallway and my bedroom. I haven’t even begun on the bookshelves in the living room…they’ll be next! Do you feel free when you’ve purged some of your own shelves? Or do you keep the flow (of incoming and outgoing books) on a regular basis, not needing big purges?
The above shot is of one of my living room shelves. I can see myself tackling this one, but not today! Today I’m reading…and then having my hair styled and colored.
I’ll be going here, where my daughter has her styling space.