Clutter-oholics Anonymous – Week 2 (10)

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Week Two of the 52 Weeks Challenge (Week 10 if you actually started at the beginning of the year!) was a bit of a challenge for me.  I was on a roll last week, checking off three items from my 52 Weeks List, and I thought that I would do at least two or three things this week.  Nope.  Reality check…life, kids, dinner, laundry, and maintaining last week’s items took up an awful lot of time!  Even though I only completed one small area, I really learned a lot. 

I decided to work on the bookshelf area in our living room.  If you look across the living room, it is the first thing that you see when you walk through the front door.  We don’t pay much attention to the bookshelf.  It is used on a weekly, if not daily basis.  It is probably the one area in my house that doesn’t collect a layer of dust on it because books are moved around, taken off the shelf, added to the shelf, etc.  I don’t even notice the bookshelf and what it looks like.

Then, I took a picture of it and looked at on the camera screen.  AAACCKK!!  Is this what people see when they first walk into my house?!?!?!


O. M. G.

Yikes!  The cardboard box was put there to catch books as I went through them, but pretty much everything else is exactly what it typically looks like.  I went through each shelf, took everything off of it and then sorted it into piles (keep, give away, sell, return to rightful owner).  It took days to go through these two bookshelves…ridiculous.  What is even more ridiculous is that now that it is done, I have 1.5 shelves of books I haven’t read yet.  No need for a library trip right now.  I can’t believe all those unread books were hiding on the shelf.  I have three bags of books to return or give to three different people and an entire box to take to a used bookstore.


And I laughed out loud when I found this little buried gem!


Now the bookshelf looks like this:


Now that the whole area is cleaned up, I can see what books I have to read and what little things sit on the shelf.  There are several little trinkets that we have purchased during our travels that were displayed before but you couldn’t see them through the mess.  I am still not sure what I am going to place on the top of the bookshelf, but now I have room to display things that are important to me like this:


This is a copy of the Southern Living blog post when I was named Southern Living Mama Blogger of the Week for my family travel blog.  One of my best friends printed off the post, framed it and gave it to me as a gift the day I found out.  It has not been displayed because there was nowhere to put it but it is very special to me because it was such an honor!

For more organizing madness, stop by Organizing Junkie for the roundup!

Who knows what we will organize next!!!


10 Responses

  1. Sarah
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    Wow! That looks great now! All our books are in boxes in a cupboard that i haven’t gone through yet as part of my challenge. I’m dreading that part!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog too.

    Sarah. x

  2. Jenny
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    I have a book shelf that needs to be gone through. I am sure that I am hording a few friends books still. Your books shelf looks nice, good job.

    I did not start the 52 weeks at the beginning either. Hey, it is never to late to dive in where we are at! It is fun to share the journey.

  3. MonicaB
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    My book shelves are on my list of to do. I’m not looking forward to it but after seeing how wonderful yours looks I know it will be well worth the effort. Great job!

  4. Kathryn
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    Wow! Your bookshelf looks fantastic! Keep it up!

  5. Allysgrandma
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    Sorry I had to chuckle at the before picture. I have come to the conclusion that it is a rare perfectly organized home so I try not to shudder too much when workmen come to my home! My friends and family don’t care, I’m sure yours don’t either.

  6. Shannon
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    I have bookcases that look like your before picture. It’s reassuring to know that when I get to them, they could potentially look awesome! Great job! Good luck with weeks 11-52 (3-42?)

  7. Linda
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    It looks wonderful!

  8. Marissa
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