When I was contemplating 2017 as a year of "finding joy in the ordinary" one of the plans on my list was to donate as many of my books and magazines as I could, and keep just those I truly want to use, read, or keep for reference.
Well, that was quite an adventure!
Over two days Mr E watched as I went through the contents of every book case and every individual magazine (there were a lot of those) until the car boot was overflowing and I was ready to empty it at one of our local charity stores.
Actually, he was so inspired by my decision that he spent the following day in his study purging his own collection of reading matter.
The upside of this adventure is only having now what we truly want, as well as some empty space in the bookcases!
But you know how you start one task and it runs into another? That's what happened to me. My sorting and cleansing of literature triggered a re-arranging of things in the dining and entrance areas, which I'm happy to report looks better than I'd hoped.
Naturally we're always limited in a rental home as to what we can do, but I'm enjoying thinking about how to make what we have 'work' within the area and colour scheme of this house.
Now that the books and magazines are sorted and what remains are what I want, I was thinking it would be a fun idea to re-acquaint myself with them over the course of this year.
For example, I have a small white bookcase which holds my recipe books so each week I plan to make a new recipe from one of those cookbooks. There's 49 weeks left in 2017, so I think trying 49 new recipes from the 30 or so cookbooks I own is quite doable, don't you?
Another thing that I'm going to try, though not weekly, is to make one project a month from my craft books, of which I have enough to see me through about 38 months. Rosie Heather mentioned she was doing something similar with her craft books when we caught up last week so that's who triggered this idea.
I also have a number of small stacks of homemaking books which I'll be revisiting on a weekly basis, looking for fun ideas to share with you and to follow through with in my own home.
I'll show you my magazines another day, and explain why I kept the ones I did.
Now, I'm not saying I won't purchase more books or magazines in the future, because I will, but I've returned to being a regular visitor of my local library and will source as much as I can from there before making those purchases.
This is my Library Chair, our official 'holding station' for all library borrowings. As I've returned to reading fiction this year after a very long sabbatical the library as a resource definitely saves the pennies.
I still have rooms to re-organise, my office being next on the hit list.
Mr E bought me a new corner desk and assembled it yesterday so this afternoon I'll change all of this...
...into the best office I've ever had.
Is your home in need of refreshing?
Perhaps there's something, just one task, you can begin today?
Blossom has been doing this, one room at a time, and it's given her so much pleasure!
Maybe she takes after her mum...LOL!
Our Gentle Domesticity Facebook group now has over 1200 members and this year we'll be having a weekly chat question where everyone is invited to share their ideas and experiences.
This week's chat topic is...
Want to join in? You'll find our group HERE.
You're also welcome to chat via the comments on this blog post because I'll be sharing each week's question here too.
until next time,
may you find joy in the ordinary.