Springtime Bookshelf Reboot

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I used to think winter was my least favorite season but I’ve come to realize that its actually spring that I find the hardest. In winter its cold, we know how to dress, it’s snowy and pretty. It’s the holidays, everything is so festive and we’re spending lots of time with friends and family. But then comes March and you think oh good spring is here, warm weather, time to get back outside. Then the reality of what spring is shows itself. It’s rainy and muddy. Warm one day, freezing the next. It’s light out later and the sun is shining bright so we never quite dress for the chill that’s still in the air. It’s like this long tease before summer actually arrives.

But before you throw yourself out a window, there are a few great things about this time of year. It’s the time to prepare so that when summer comes you’ll have nothing to do but drink sweet tea and enjoy the lovely heat. Spring cleaning is great for this time of year. Go through your closet, put away all of the things you wore this winter, if you didn’t wear them, its time to send them to the donation bin. It always feels so good to get rid of unused stuff, especially going into summer. Light and airy is the goal.

So clean out those closets and take care of those projects around the house that need attention. Maybe you have a tired room that could use a fresh coat of paint or a space that is dying for new artwork. It’s easy to get used to our spaces but try to see the rooms in your house with fresh eyes. Take a look around and see what needs to be done. The sunny days are inspiring and its still cool enough to use a little elbow grease.

Before I begin to tackle my closet again I thought I’d start with a fun reboot on my living room bookshelf.

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As you can see it’s over crowded with books and has become a catch all for things like computer chargers, decks of cards, old magazines, and miscellaneous papers. But overtime I got used to it, I didn’t really LOOK at it and see what other people were probably seeing.

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The first step was just to empty it completely.  I think its always best to start with a blank canvas so that all options are open.

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I threw away the old magazines and found new homes for the other random stuff that had no business being in there in the first place. Then I started organizing all of my books by color.  I’ve seen this done before and always wanted to try it.

The next step was to put everything back and make it look good. It took me a little while to figure out where to start.  I decided on the orange books because those jumped out at me the most.  Once I got those on the shelf the rest just kind of came together.

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Once I had all of my books back on the shelf I stepped back and took a look.  It still wasn’t quite right.  It felt too heavy.  There was no air between the books, no space for everything to breathe.

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I thinned out the books, moving some to another shelf in the room, and added another framed photo to break up the monotony of the books.

 

This was actually a really fun creative project that didn’t cost me any money and I was able to do it in one evening.

Are any of you tackling spring cleaning projects in your homes? I’d love to hear and see photos if you have them.

Happy Spring!!


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