It would be really easy to stop doing boot camp since the remaining days are all BIG projects. But I must finish what I started! I love that I decided to blog about this process. I know most of my results aren't drastic, but my house is singing now that we are nearing the end of this process. Blogging has made me take it to the next level. There is a sense of accountability and knowing that others are watching helps me let go.
Anyway, on to books....this is an area that I will always be working on, but I'm pleased with my progress.
I used to think one could never have too many books. When my children were born, I wanted to surround them with books so they would love to read. It worked - they both enjoy reading more than anything else, but I also noticed our house was overflowing with books. In addition to the hundreds of books we own, we visit and use the library regularly. Because we homeschool, it's not uncommon to have 50-60 library books at a time. I have realized it's all too much. I have also realized that the library has almost everything we need, and if we check out books, we are more likely to read them than if we actually own them (something about that return deadline).
In our past 2 homes, we were blessed to have beautiful, built in book shelves to hold our collection of books. We also owned two free-standing book cases. When we moved into our current home 4 months ago, we planned to buy a couple more book shelves, but then decided to stick to the two we already owned and make it work.
I also use an entire closet to house my music. This is the smallest "closet" I've ever used for my music and my collection was downsized to fit it, but it's still too cramped. (The top shelf is photos which we'll get to another day)
It works, but what I've noticed is that I have created "pods" of books all over the house.
And I had three big boxes of books in the garage that I didn't know what to do with! I took my first steps to eliminate book clutter a few months ago and stopped going to Goodwill to browse at books.
I went through each book on the shelves and in the boxes to determine if they deserved to stay. I didn't count how many books I got rid of and don't have pictures of the boxes, but I'm guessing at least 100 are gone.
My after pictures aren't drastic, but believe me, it is an improvement! And the most significant thing is that my attitude about books has changed.
I rounded up all the children's books and put them on the bookshelf in the girls' room. They wouldn't all fit, so I got rid of a lot.
I got rid of at least one shelf worth of books in here. There is space - no more cramming!