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text 2019-02-10 18:40
Letting Books Go!
As part of uncluttering my mind, I want to unclutter my space, Marie Kondo style. Her method is called the KonMari Method. It is where you look at something and ask if it sparks joy. Joy = you keep it. No feeling/no joy = you thank it and pass it along.
Bookish people (mostly on Twitter) are coming at Marie Kondo because of a misquote and a joke someone made with her picture saying "Ideally, keep fewer than 30 books." She actually said, “I now keep my collection of books to about thirty volumes at any one time.” That is what she likes for herself!
I did the KonMarie method today with the help of my husband and took a hard look at my growing book collection. I come to a decision to cull over half my collection, if not more. Not because Marie Kondo told me to, but because I know that I am never going to read half these books. I've had them for years without touching them, some I didn't like, some I DNF'd, and some I doubt I will ever reread. My husband did the same with his books.
We went through 10ish boxes and ended up culling 7 boxes worth!
We made a new rule that the only physical books we are going to buy used are the things we are actively collecting and no more buying random books, with the exception of being 80s & 90s (and earlier) books, though I will be pickier. (Rare books, hard to find and libraries will not have them.)
I got rid of a bunch of books that I can easily get at the library if I decide I want to read them later on. We are already picky about the new books we buy because we can't buy full price books often. We still have a lot more books to go through! haha
I'm not getting rid of every unread book or everything I've read and may not read again. I'm keeping things that have true sentimental value and nostalgic stuff because I LOVE going back to my younger self and rereading nostalgic books. That sparks joy!
Some series I am actively collecting are: (For the curious)
The Babysitter's Club
Fear Street
Other R L Stine books
Sweet Valley High
The Alice books (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor)
Buffy, Angel, Charmed books
Nancy Drew
The Hardy Boys
Boxcar Children
Several cheesy teen horror authors (Christopher Pike, Joan Lowery Nixon...etc)
Cheesy teen horror novels in general from the 80s/90s era
The type of books you would find in Paperbacks From Hell and Paperback Crush (so 70s,80s,90s horror and children/teenage stuff.)
There are more but those are the things I think are most recognized. It seems like a lot, but it is a very slow growing collection and I end up getting the books from $1 to $3 at the Half Price Book Store.
No matter how old I get, I still read and enjoy the above books. The nostalgic factor might be one of the reasons, but so what! Some would consider some of these books badly written nowadays, but it is like I can turn off a switch and overlook cheesy storylines, plot holes and "bad writing" Most of the books above would probably be considered "guilty pleasure" books for adults to read, but I don't use that word.
They are comfort reads.
(spoiler show)
Do you unhaul books easily or is it like pulling teeth? That is how it is for me, even if I didn't like the book that much. I know it is boarding on hoarding tendencies because it shouldn't be so hard to donate a book you hated, or a book you know you'll never read.
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url 2018-09-03 15:30
50 Things to Throw Out Now (and How to Dispose of Them)
Source: www.livestrong.com/article/1011777-50-things-throw-out-now-and-dispose-them/?reload=1
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text 2018-09-02 06:20

I'm determined to declutter (and clean).  Partly because I want more shelf space.


So the Pop Sugar 30-day Cleanng Challenge caught my eye.  Right up until I was reading the checklist PDF that started out as "okay, doable in a few minutes a day" came to Day 14.


Day 14 oddly thinks I can organize and declutter closets and drawers in under an hour.  *Snort* I have bookshelves and tubs of books in my closet as well as my clothes and expected closet stuff ( it's a walkin).



I may still try it -- but the organize and declutter steps won't be in their 20-60 minute time frame.

Source: www.popsugar.com/smart-living/30-Day-Cleaning-Challenge-Printable-34444842
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url 2016-01-30 11:26
The Magic of Tidying Up - Understand the Secrets of Good Life


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Source: www.lulu.com/shop/mary-l-parker/the-magic-of-tidying-up-understand-the-secrets-of-good-life/ebook/product-22498977.html
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text 2015-09-30 14:00
Monthly Key Word Challenge ~ September {Completed}
Sky Color - Peter H. Reynolds
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas - Mona K. Gedney
How to Declutter Your Kitchen - Higher Read
How to Sleep Easily 52 Brilliant Little Ideas - Infinite Ideas
And This Our Life: Chronicles of the Darcy Family: Book 1 - C. Allyn Pierson
A Sweet Girl Graduate - L T Meade
Sweetest Mistress - Skye Warren
The Sweetest Revenge - Dawn Halliday
Where the Rainbow Touches Ground: Another Annie Mouse Adventure (The Adventures of Annie Mouse) - Anne M. Slanina
A Touch of Night - Sarah A. Hoyt,Sofie Skapski

Color, Day, How, Life, Sweet, Touch

Sky Color / Peter H. Reynolds ~ 9/1/15


On the Twelfth Day of Christmas / Mona K. Gedney ~ 9/17/15


How to Declutter Your Kitchen / Higher Read ~ 9/3/15

How to Sleep Well / Infinite Ideas ~ 9/5/15


And This Our Life / C. Allyn Pierson ~ 9/12/15


Sweet Girl Graduate / L. T. Meade ~ 9 /5/15

Sweetest Mistress / Skye Warren ~ 9/6/15

Sweetest Revenge / Dawn Halliday ~ 9/11/15


Where the Rainbow Touches Ground / Anne M. Slanina ~ 9/6/15

Touch of Night / Sarah A. Hoyt ~ 9/20/15

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