However, a viral croup has also arrived for my little one, so I had to cancel appointments yesterday & today (renal for her, orthodontics for her sister) and spend lots of time inside, giving nebulizing treatments, watching shows, and generally laying low with Little Miss Wheezy.
Lots of time inside means that there was bound to be a Declutter waiting for me....
Oh, it's hard to declutter books, isn't it? But when books are starting to get stacked in front of books then either you get another bookshelf (no thanks - there's really not much room for another piece of furniture!) or downsize.
I realized that just because I LIKED that book, and enjoyed reading it in the past, it didn't mean I had to hang on to it. I came at it with the attitude that there were plenty of other great books out there waiting to be discovered! And I really like to utilize the local library - they've got the storage space for waaaay more books than I do!
Sometimes decluttering can get pretty messy...
Especially cluttered was the top of the bookshelf - all the cards from my kids and husband were jammed into a couple boxes and were starting to pile up on top.
I found a sturdy, cardboard box that fit these papers and cards nicely, but it wasn't that pretty.
I had some pretty paper left over from Bulliten Board Makeover so I decided to give the box a quick makeover.
Keepin' it real....I didn't have enough paper to cover the whole box. Ah, well - no one will see the backside!
I managed to clear an entire shelf of books, so I was able to move the bins of cards onto their very own spot, and placed my sewing kit on the top shelf, away from little hands that tend to get into it!
P.S. The little Raggedy Anne is a piggy bank I received from my grandparents when I was 3 years old, and the "well loved" Hollie Hobby Doll was my first dolly from my mom. They are very sweet up there!