I don’t think I have it in me to be a minimalist. But I think I want to come close.
So in that spirit, I am determined to go through every area of the house that contains the stuff I can actually go through (meaning not my husband’s stuff).
If you want the back story on why I am so motivated to bring more peace to my surroundings, read my post Is There Too Much Clutter Robbing Your Marriage?
Today I started tackling books. I am a bookhound in the
worst best way, so decluttering in this arena is like going for my own jugular.
But I figure if I can conquer book organization, everything after that will be easy peasy. (If you want to see a photo of how I turned a closet into bookshelves, check out this post).
Mind you I’m not getting rid of all my books. Far from it. What I am doing is getting rid of the ones I know I won’t read or that didn’t have much impact on me. Who among us hasn’t bought a book at some point and thought, “Oh, that looks interesting!”—only to have it sit on a shelf unopened for 15 years?! Charge me guilty.
I’m also determined to organize the books I have so that I can easily reference them. This is a bit of an issue for me. I remember something I read in a random book, and then I spend 45 minutes looking for said book.
This book decluttering adventure revealed that I have TWO copies of Debi Gray Walter’s family memoir “Through the Eyes of Grace“—a beautifully-written epic tale about her grandmother Grace’s life.
Debi and I have been friends for quite some time, because she and her husband have the marriage blog The Romantic Vineyard. Debi has such a genuine encouraging spirit. My only regret about our friendship is that we live half a country apart. She calls Orlando, Florida, home and I’m smack dab in the middle of the midwest in Omaha, Nebraska.
I remember reading “Through the Eyes of Grace” when Debi released it in 2012. I love true stories in the same way I love old photos. There’s just something about imagining what someone was like when they were young, and family memoirs and old photos allow us to do just that.
Because I have an extra copy of the book, I want to give it away.
If you want to be considered for the drawing, simply comment on this post and share why you think it’s important for families to pass down stories.
REMEMBER… I moderate my comments, so that means I have to go in and approve them before they appear. (I get a lot of spam comments on the posts about intimacy, so that’s why I moderate). Approval of comments is just a formality for a post like this, but be patient if you don’t see your comment right away.
BE SURE… to include an actual email address. It doesn’t appear in the comments when I approve them, but it is how I will get ahold of you if I draw your name to receive the book.
TO BE ENTERED IN THE DRAWING… Comment on the post by 10 PM Central Time, Sunday, July 19. Of the comments I receive, I will randomly draw a number, and the comment that corresponds to that number will be the winner of the book. I will reach out to you via email to get your mailing address and will drop the book in the mail.
The book is quite the gem, so I’m excited I found an extra copy to give away!
I wish I could tell you that next I will be organizing all my gold jewelry and that I am bound to find a bunch of duplicates to give away.
“…all my gold jewelry” That’s hilarious.
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