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Thursday, January 5, 2012

My Decluttering Project

This is my car trunk today, but we made 5 other trips to various donation places. Today it was mostly books. Some were my husband's grandparents' and they were in German. I kept most of the antique books, though.

This is where we started several months ago. We called it "the library". You can only see one bookcase here but every wall, except the windows were completely covered with bookcases. It doesn't look too bad  here, but most of the time it was a mess of piled up papers on every surface.

We call this the computer room. This is where we put everything from the library. There is another wall of bookcases that you can't see in this picture.  We had to remove a desk, and many pieces of junk and clutter before we could move the library in here. My husband still has about 5 boxes of papers to go through. Some of them are 44 years old. He was surprised to look at some of his papers from seminary and find them graded down because they were turned in late. Yes, he has all his papers and notes from seminary.  If he writes on a piece of paper, he keeps it. He writes a lot. I do not believe he will ever look at them.

This is the library now.You can't see it, but it still has one wall of bookcases. I have 2 empty bookcases now, an empty iris cart and only one set of sheets and blankets for every bed. I was able to get all my Christmas decorations in the guest room closet and still have empty shelves in there. The closet in the library is storage for my husbands camera and photography equipment.

Then we took our piano to Lubbock to our  #2 daughter.

Here it is at home in Lubbock. We had a tire blowout on the trailer on the trip, but we got it changed with no problems and an electric company employee even stopped and helped.

We moved this bookcase from the library into the piano spot. I was very happy that my husband went through all his books and categorized them and donated of a lot of them. We had 3 copies of one book and 2 copies of several others. None of these books are mine except one shelf of children's books. The cost of this project was less than $150. We had to hire someone to help us move furniture after my husband hurt his back ( the first day) and we bought new linens and frame for the bed in the library.

I made a new tablescape in the foyer. This is a picture of my husband, his teddy bear and another one of his  toy he calls a noise maker on some of our German antique books. His grandparents were born in Germany but I don't know if they brought them on the boat. They emigrated in about 1902. I want another table or shelves for the foyer. I am watching one at Hobby Lobby.

I was concerned about where I was going to put my daughter's wedding pictures. They were on the piano and  are my favorite things in my house. Here is where I have them for now. I'm not really happy with the balance of these items. I will probably be tweaking them. Any advice welcome.


Susan Sanders said...

Good for you. I have so much work to do. It is inspiring when I see what others can accomplish.

Wendy said...

Looking good! The living room book case doesn't looked too packed with books. Don't let dad try to fill it up. Would look good if you stack some of the books verically, too - like lay them down. I still want to help you make a headboard. Have you looked on Pinterest for ideas? (I have). You need to group items closer together on your table. Move the frames closer to each other to the left and that plant closer to the lamp on the right. You asked.

Pam said...

I love what you have accomplished! Good for you! I'm wondering if your husband and I are related, because I have issues with paper as well. :-/ I'm hoping to have whittled my paper collection down quite a bit by the end of the month. (Crossing fingers).