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Sunday, April 03, 2016

I love books - I have always loved books. When I was young I wanted to have a house big enough for me to have a library; floor to ceiling books. And over the last 50 + years I have collected a lot of books.

But I no longer a library. In fact, I am now at that place where I want less and less around me. So yesterday I decided to listen to the advice of a dear Spark friend who said "why not start today?" And I did. I went through all the bookcases I have upstairs - those are mostly my books. And what I found were a lot of "self-help" books, you know the kind that try to tell you how you can loose weight, be happier, find the perfect job, perfect partner, and have the perfect life. Well, I'm not sure if it helped at the time but I know that I no longer need to worry about any of those things.

I have finally figured out that I have all the tools inside of me to be the person I was meant to be. I no longer have to feel guilty about saying no to things I simply don't want to do, and I can now look forward to saying yes to the things that make me happy. So I filled up two large shopping bags with all kinds of books, including several cookbooks that I've either been given or purchased because I thought maybe someday I'd like to cook. I actually do enjoy cooking more now because I am creating healthier meals using a variety of ingredients - and I can find all the recipes I need on SparkRecipes.

So today I think I'll tackle the VHS tapes - yes, I still have 2 moving boxes full of tapes. We started with over 5 boxes; several months ago I went through them all and took it down to 2. There were those "oh, that was such a cute movie" tapes that I thought maybe I'd watch one more time; the "this was one of the children's favorites" tapes - when I KNOW that my children have tossed every single one of their own VHS tapes; and last those "we taped them off public broadcasting grilling shows, woodworking shows, and home repair shows" tapes but I doubt we will ever watch them again! So off they go - today is the day!

Happy Sunday!
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    One of the few things I like about moving is that I always get to give a way a lot of stuff. Seems like there is always someone who needs just what we are giving away, too! Our place is getting too crammed again. The next move will probably be to an even smaller place, so we'll have to get rid of stuff again! It may even be to a place that offers meals, so I could get rid of a lot of kitchen stuff.

    We're getting old!

    1577 days ago
    I have packrat tendencies, but whenever I do get rid of a bunch of stuff, it feels great! We do get to a point in life when we just have to start letting go of a lot of stuff.
    1581 days ago
    the only real books I have in my house are knitting related and all those are in alphabetical order and also put on a file on my computer
    1582 days ago
    This is exactly what I have been doing. I put my paperbacks in alphabetical order (I still have a lot of them), then just put the hardbacks in order. I culled a LOT of books and the local thrift store was delighted to get 6 boxes of books. It always feels good to take that trip through the drop off lane, and have that much less stuff in the house!

    Spark on.
    1582 days ago
    Way to go !
    1582 days ago
    It can be so hard to let some items go, but once it is done, boy it feels great!
    1583 days ago
    Always feels good to be neat and organized.
    1583 days ago
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