Bookshelf Declutter and Shuffle

06 Sep

The books in my house have been out of control for some time now.

Books were overflowing right off the shelves.

Yep, I was starting to stack them on the floor.

So a few weeks ago I started a mega declutter and shuffle.

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I pulled everything off the shelves

one shelf at a time,

then I determined whether they were worthy of space on my shelves,

and finally I dusted them and found new spots for them.

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For a few weeks there were piles of books stacked

here, there and everywhere

but slowly disorder become order.

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After part one of the declutter and shuffle

I had a few modest stacks of books

that were heading out the door

to new homes.

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This weekend part two of the decultter and shuffle began.

I tackled the shelves in the study

and the multiplying piles of books

around the house.

I dusted and handled every book

and was ruthless about which books needed to leave.

After two days,

I had a healthy collection of books to part with.

I need to put a sheet over them so I can’t look at them.

The more I look at them,

the more books creep back onto the shelves.

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Here are the completed study shelves.

The novel shelves are still double stacked

but there is at least a little room for growth now.

Each time I declutter,

more and more books that I don’t really love leave

so that the books on my shelves become

more and more beloved.

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But I’m not finished with the declutter yet.

There’s a few more shelves to tackle

but I can see the light now.

But first I have to find new homes for these books.


Posted by on September 6, 2015 in My Library


3 responses to “Bookshelf Declutter and Shuffle

  1. Mel

    September 6, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I love every photo!

  2. monika

    September 6, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    isn’t it the hardest process? I remember taking all my books every country we immigrated to, LOL. they were globe trotting for about 12 years. its just so hard to decide what to let go. I would be interested in buying a few goodies from you. šŸ™‚

  3. Petra

    September 7, 2015 at 6:52 am

    I bet you loved that job – great excuse to go through your books (again) šŸ™‚


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