Lately, I have been totally overwhelmed by the amount of STUFF filling my house. Useless, decorative, or sentimental, it all seems so unnecessary. I'm a traditionalist when it comes to decorating- Victorian, dark wood and antiques, that sort of thing. But today, the stark white modernist approach is almost enticing.
I am certainly no hoarder, but I have been known to
keep cheap trinkets simply because of their nostalgia potential. (On
a side note, 'knickknack' is the best thesaurus word: dingbat,
fandangle, festoon, parquetry, gewgaws, flummery! Sorry, I am a bit
of a word dork...) The trouble comes a few years later, when that
super cute doohickey (!) you bought for just a nickel at that yard
sale ten years ago is collecting dust on the bookcase. Or that wine
cork you saved from New Year's Eve gets jammed in the back of your junk
drawer. This is where I am, and something needs to change.
|My writing desk. Yes, this is post-organizing. You should've seen it before!|
The first order of business was to go through our (many) books and pare it down a bit. My tastes in high school were far different than what they are now (think Hunter S. Thompson vs. Margaret Mitchell), so we have a lot of obsolete titles filling the shelves. On the first pass, I removed all the obvious ones, immediately placing them in a box. I then asked Patrick to help. Together we took a second look, really evaluating whether the book a) would ever be read again or b) fits in with our moral values. Having a child in the house really makes me think twice about everything. Sure, the little one isn't even close to reading yet. But if I wouldn't want my child to read something, I should really think about why. Is it bad language, adult issues, or a bigger reason? For example, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is a great book, but it's pretty heavy, and certainly not meant for a young child. So we will remove that one until she is ready, then add it back to the shelves. But Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk is vulgar and relies on shock value instead of literary merit, so that will be donated/sold. The nudity in a classic painting is far different than the nudity in 'Sex and the City.'
|Main bookcase, post-op|
|Newly organized bookcase in living room|