Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Simplify #4

I am finally feeling a bit better, but this cold just does not want to completely go away.   I spent several days this past week taking my Mom places and dropping off supplies for Sara and family as they had a stomach virus.  A pretty busy week so what else did I get done?
This pile of items was finally taken to the thrift store!  Yay.  
So of course I started another pile!
This weeks goal was to start on these two bookcases
A mish mash of cookbooks, novels and junk! 
I love cookbooks as does my Mom.  When we moved her I took several of her cookbooks to add to my own collection.  This will be the 3rd time I've downsized it.
Some vintage cookbooks and Pillsbury bake off pamphlets.  I just have so many and I don't look at them and I really don't cook much either.
This is where I keep Charlie's canned food and that won't change, but this red basket is a catchall so I went through it and this is how it looks now
I keep appliance manuals here and cloth napkins.  The cowboy one is Tiger's.  I'm sure things will be dropped in here again, but the plan is to keep it neater.
Down to one shelf of cookbooks.  
There are some I just can't part with. 

The other bookcase holds books on my TBR pile and well, JUNK!
I went through all the books and decided to donate all the one's I probably won't read.  I still have my Nancy Drew books to decide about.
That's better and with an empty shelf I can figure out what to store there.  The top is still a work in progress.  Might be a good spot to do seasonal vignettes. 

 I'm hoping to work on editing more books from my shelves and working on the top shelves of both bookcases this coming week.

I am planning to continue this Simplify post each week to keep myself accountable.  Maybe you will join me?

Wishing you JOY,



Barbara F. said...

It is such a good feeling to organize and downsize. I would definitely keep the Nancy Drew books for Rosemary.

Chatty Crone said...

I try to tell Kelly have the battle is making the pile neat - looks so much better! Gosh you are still sick? Now the kids have the stomach flu! Good job on the organization!


You are doing a great job of "letting go"! I made a drop off trip today and it feels so GOOD! WE will get our homes looking good by the end of the year! You should see all the snow! It's very pretty :)

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Empty bottom shelf (tiny) bit of envy. Good thinning Linda. Hope you feel better every day. Its the lack of energy that drives me nuts with this cold. 3rd week for me (or is it the 4th, hard to remember).

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

I have a container full of books from my childhood under my bed that I do not want to get rid of

Melanie said...

I'm so proud of your decluttering efforts! You are really doing good with this.
Sorry to hear your cold is still lingering though - ugh.
Re. the appliance manuals - you probably don't need those as most of that info can be found online these days. Maybe do a Google search for each appliance and then you could always bookmark the site when you find it. :-)

Jill said...

Good for you!!

I got rid of a bunch of magazines that I had been keeping for SMASHing, the pile was very tall in the closet! I feel good!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm glad you are feeling some better. It's tough when you have others to help too. I hope you'll take it easy. I need to get back to going through stuff to get rid of to. I just hate to get into the mess of it. I have a bag in my car right now to donate. You're doing SO great, Sis! Hugs, Diane

Marigene said...

Happy to hear you are feeling better. You are so ambitious, Linda...still waiting for you to come pare down my treasures!

Mereknits said...

Oh my goodness, I was in Love with Nancy Drew books and The Hardy Boys of course. I have a crush on Frank of course. Good for you getting so much done, it feels good doesn't it?

Hartwood Roses said...

I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better. Your progress on the bookshelves is awesome!

Nellie said...

You've been busy! I would not be able to part with any of my Betty Crocker cookbooks! They are my mainstay, though I don't have the ones you featured in your picture.

Have you been to the doctor for your cold? I certainly hope you will feel completely well very soon!

xo Nellie

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You are really cleaning things out! We are working on our home, too...it always feels good!

Rose L said...

You are getting there! No one says it has to be done right away! I am doing the same and taking my time.

Vicky Hunt said...

I seriously need to go through my cookbooks and get rid of most of them! I have dozens and I NEVER use them! I just like the way they look. Silly I know! I may do that this weekend. You are doing great...keep up the good work!

Hugs, Vicky

Sarah said...

Good for you! I'm slowing working on closets here. Just not motivated, and like you, I have a miserable cold. Not much energy and coughing fits are keeping me down. Did get motivated to create a post and get it up tonight. I need to get back to my weekly routine.
Feel better soon!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Keep up the good work, Linda. An empty shelf is always a good sign, lol.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

You are doing great Linda! I have 2 shelves of cook books I really can get down to one. Library book sales sell them for 50 cents, too hard to resist. I'm trying to copy some fav recipes then redonate the book.

Keep up good work. It all looks so neat. :)

My thrift store addiction said...

Good for you, Linda! It feels so good to simplify doesn't it? I started last year and have really tried to be consistent when I see something that needs decluttering. Next on my list...my china cabinet!

Art and Sand said...

It is difficult to part with things, but at my age, I am deciding what I will never use again and either donating, gifting or tossing things.

I have your pink Bauer pitcher sitting on a shelf in the guest room just waiting for me to get it in the mail. But like you, health has been up and down. Today I felt great for the first time in weeks and we had a lovely walk to the pier, lunch on the pier and a walk home. The 4 mile walk did me in after not getting much walking in due to illness. But, I think I'm back!

Good luck with the rest of your purging.

Deanies Stash said...

You are doing such a great job. If you decide to get rid of the Nancy Drew books I will buy some for my collection. I am hoping my granddaughter will start reading them soon. I need to do some of this sorting, too!

Hugs, Dianne

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

It feels so great to downsize. I can give up the cookbooks, but you would have to fight me for my Nancy Drew book. :)

Oliva Ohlson said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better!

Empty space means you can add new interesting things to your collection! The past month I cleaned out a couple of garage cupboards/shelves; indoors I have cleaned out twp closets. It feels so good to donate stuff that someone else will benefit from it!

Vonlipi said...

Wow what a difference! You must feel so proud. I have a box full of goodies ready for the thrift as well.

Take care


Pondside said...

Well done, Linda. You put me to shame with your sorting and your commitment to de-cluttering. I would see that empty shelf as permission for another shopping trip!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You're doing great, Linda! I spotted those Nancy Drew books right away... getting rid of those would be a tough decision! Hope you're feeling better.... Sounds like your family needs you to stay well so you can take care of them!!!