This is a picture of the bookshelves that cover one wall of my office – which was the old washing porch of this house.
From these shelves 192 books have been taken away. So I put my CD’s and holders on one shelf.
192 books went to a local churches used book sale to help them cover the costs of assisting 3 homeless families live in housing they provide; help them get back to work and more stability in their living.
I had something to give to help others and to be of use. That felt good.
The books on these shelves are not lonely! No Way! I have 6 more bookshelves and my photograph leaves out the 2 more levels of shelves behind my reading chairs!
And least I forget, oldest child has a set of bookshelves fairly full in her room. Middle child has an over full bookshelf in her room and 17 boxes of books in storage in our attic (Librarian girl). Youngest child has a small shelf of books, and several shelves of tennis trophies. 3 of us own KINDLEs and love them.
I must say too, that I am an avid reader at the Library too.
I always feel great when I have something to give away and it is useful.
I am not just decluttering. I am letting go – I am releasing all of me that was invested in those books.
I still have a nearly complete set of YES! Magazines to give away; they need to be shared and to have more readers.
I like the open spaces on the shelves and in my life. I am still open to new ideas and things to read.
These books and the collection of them is no longer a part of my definition. Once I started it was easy to let go, place them in the boxes and take them to the sale. It was surprisingly freeing.
Is there something that is defining you that you need to let go of? What makes it hard? Do you find it freeing?