Day Seven: Tackling the giant bookshelf

It started like this:

For a couple of hours I pulled out this much recyclable paper…  And forty more National Geographic magazines…

(Two boxes of sewing supplies, a half a dozen containers of various machine fluids, some usable office supplies, More Paperclips, picture calendars dating back thirty years…)

I unearthed coloring books, flags, matting boards, a set of Starbucks tea cups, “collectible” Christmas ornaments, a box of raisins, a flower pot, five U.S. and one Israeli classroom decoration flags, three sets of paper place mats… all (except the raisins) for the community rummage sale.

There are a couple dozen thirty year old elementary school texts which will have to be dumped, a dozen do-it-yourself craft books the library will take, and a stack of worn, yet beautiful old English lit books that were my husband’s mother’s.  The Shakespeare anthology feels like a brick of gold; the words waft the fragrance of memory.

I conked out before I cleared to the lowest shelf.

Tomorrow is another day.

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Author: American Declutterer

I've had three careers, moved among thirteen states, and cleared four houses after loved ones moved on. Sometimes you just have to look at all the stuff and laugh. Then get back to discarding.

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