It’s easy to clutter up bookcases. You acquire some books for free (like the old Golden Book Encyclopedia set we’d acquired at our local library), someone gifts you a knick-knack and you feel obligated to find space to display it, and so on. I don’t know about you, but I am also guilty of hanging on to books that are no longer important to me, simply because I paid good money for them!
Ironically, I don’t have this problem with bigger items such as furniture. Maybe it’s because it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that books don’t take up that much space.
Anyway, in this post I showed you how I decluttered and rearranged the two tall bookcases. Now, I want to share with you how I decluttered the two short ones in the hopes it will inspire you to either do some necessary decluttering or to rearrange things in your house in a better way (interpret “better” however you want 😉 ).
Here are the bookcases as they were for almost two years:
Several of those books are books I had bought for B’s education before we decided to homeschool. The white box contains various conventional homeschooling materials, as well.
The “Math Their Way” books on the bottom shelf were sitting there because it took me forever to decide what to do with them – recycle or give away.
Now, the other bookcase. Notice The Golden Book Encyclopedia set on the top shelf.
The bottom shelf used to house the binder with recipes as well as all the DVD’s.
This not only looks messy, but also includes books I’ll never use again. Two are on rainwater harvesting, the other is a nutrition/cookbook that is decidedly not vegan, and full of cooked-food recipes.
A-hem, we are high-raw vegans now.
Notice in the next photo how the Childcraft books (also freebies from the library) are on the top shelf.
Okay, here’s the first bookcase (that had the homeschooling stuff) after I did some decluttering, and before its “final” state.
Notice that most of the homeschooling material is gone. I’m not giving it away quite yet, but I have a feeling B is going to stick to more natural ways of learning than workbooks.
Also notice that I moved my music books from the other bookcase to this one. On the bottom, you’ll see that I found another home for the headphones case, and moved the basket of CDs, which have been in the bathroom, to this shelf.
Here’s the other bookcase in its “in-between” stage:
Gone is “The Golden Book Encyclopedia” set. Gone is the “traditional foods” (i.e., non-vegan) cookbook, as well as the two books on rainwater harvesting. I also moved the binder with recipes to the pantry bookcase in the kitchen.
Note that the Childcraft set is still on top, and the DVDs are still being stored on a bookcase.
All right, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the AFTER photos!
During the transitional stage, I had the music books in the empty space where the homeschooling box had been. But in the final analysis, I decided to store sketch pads and other art-related materials and books there instead, moving the music books to the other bookcase.
The art materials used to be on the shelf of J’s old computer desk which had served as B’s computer desk for about a year. I never did like the look of that big ol’ desk in the living room area, even covered with a tablecloth (which gave me something else to launder!), so we’ve done something else for him (coming up soon!).
Notice that the basket of CDs is gone. After doing some decluttering and rearranging of a couple of other areas in the house, the CDs fit somewhere else. The photo on the bottom shelf came from one of the tall bookcases that I decluttered previously.
This was the bookcase that used to house the DVDs and encyclopedia set. Notice that the Childcraft books are now on the bottom. I did this because the bottom shelf is shorter than the top one, and so my music books wouldn’t fit on the bottom but they fit just fine on the top.
The DVDs are in the same place the CDs are.
Summing up my declutter
I had to quit dreaming. B isn’t going to go back to regular homeschooling, no matter how much I wish he would let me use my teacher training! A lot of the excess stuff in people’s homes tend to be items that they might use “someday”…but in reality, chances of that happening are slim to none.
I got rid of the books we just weren’t going to use anymore.
I decluttered and reorganized other areas of the house to make room for certain items, such as the CDs and DVDs.
I arranged the shelves in an order that made sense, as attractively as I could including adding a couple of accessories where there was room.
Need to downsize? Sick of looking at stuff that you no longer use? Your home organization not making a whole lot of sense? Want to give your bookshelves room to breathe? I hope this post inspires you to move to make some positive changes in your home!