A task for the kid-less weekend…

Yep. What do I do when the girls are at their grandparents and my wonderful spouse is at work?Organize our book shelf by color! Yes, I’m weird. (And just in case you think I’m nuts too, I also took walks and had lots of time to write.)

I’d seen this long ago on some blog and thought, “Now that would really improve our bookshelf.” I’m always searching for ways to simplify things in our home since clutter and mess really drain my energy. I think I was expecting a little more results from the endeavor.

It was entertaining sifting through our many old books. A walk down memory lane.

And then of course, organizing them by color was super-fun (already said–I’m weird).

And, in the process of browsing books, another huge stack made its way out the door. At long last, we are whittling down our college books to the bare necessities. It feels kind of like we’re slowly dropping pieces of an old identity, people we used to be. Purging books that at one time were such a part of our lives, our loves and our learning. Indeed, so many of these same books have made us who we are today…and yet, holding onto them isn’t necessary anymore. We have that many more dimensions to our identities now. It feels good to pare down and simplify.

2010-06-06 - Simple Sunday - Pre-organization


Some of the books were delivered to the local thrift store. Some were dropped off to our local used bookstore. And handful more were traded for new-to-us CD’s on Swaptree. A million times lighter. And we’ve got this lovely colorful view now.

2010-06-06 - Simple Sunday - Post-organization


Tell me, how do you organize your books? Or do you bother to organize them?

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