Over the past 17 months I have become rather adept at auditing and reorganizing the closet of one impossibly fast growing babe. It seems no sooner have I cycled out the too snug pajamas and pinchy shoes, she has moved up sizes again. The exercise has caused me to cast a more discriminating eye toward my own closet, kitchen drawers, and possessions in general. Living in a small space, I have been intentional about not accumulating too much, but inevitably, shelves fill, and it is again time to declutter and create space.
Last week I attacked the bookshelves. While I appreciate the convenience of e-readers, I much prefer to read real, tangible texts. Whether hardcover or paperback, I like to turn pages, feel the weight of the spine, and mark passages or phrases that stand out. Over the years we have amassed quite a collection - some riveting and influential, some unremarkable - and all retained for some combination of sentimentality and a long-held vision of a future dreamhome with a personally curated library.
While I have not lost all hope of a future in-home library, the reality of urban living and an ever expanding collection of books for the babe provided the impetus to sift through the shelves and determine what books were worth saving and which were ready for a new home. After two grueling hours, I identified FIVE giant shopping bags worth of the latter, and loaded them into the car for delivery.
The process required time and energy, but it was incredibly rewarding. As I considered each book, I recalled when and where I read it - or perhaps who had recommended it - or with what friends I discussed it. And with each book I decided not to keep, I was able to create space for future explorations and the memories they will bring.
Is there an area of your home (or life) you can declutter? Can you let go of something you no longer need to create space for future memories?