Cowart's Common Room
Clearing clutter & Fennie's book

Today I feel pleased with myself because I have taken down all the books on the 18 shelves in the sitting room and cleaned the shelves and dusted the books. A while back I asked hubby to clear up the 50 odd books next to his side of the bed. His method of doing this was to dump them haphazard on the sitting room shelves, blocking off the view of other books. At the time I bit my lip (aren't I good?). Today I sorted out the shelves, and managed to dispose of 81 books (mostly mine, though a few his that I don't think he will miss).

Hubby doesnt seem to think that ANY books EVER should be passed on. However, we live in a small cottage not a mansion with a library. I see no reason to keep Asian Cookery when we never cook Asian food and I can't imagine where the book came from. I also stacked up for the jumble sale such treasures as Women's Health and The Reverse Dictionary - I don't suppose I have opened either for 15 years! So much of that sort of info can be found on the internet anyway.

As I put a cookery book I first got in 1976 on the to go pile I looked regretfully at the pretty pictures of some of the desserts - one, Peach Conde, in particular. It looks delicious..... but if I have not found the time to make it in 43 years then I am unlikely to now.

I wondered if you have read your book on tidying Fennie, and if it has helped? I am now writing a list of all glory holes and drawers and intend to get round to them all - unless my clearing up spirit fails me.Laughing

Posted at 12th Jan 2019 - 04:08PM   Posted by Faith   Clearing clutter & Fennie's book Comments: 7

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar Good grief! I though our one tall and one short bookcase full of books was bad enough, mind you neither of us reads much fiction.

I do of course have four 12ft long shelves full of bears on one wall of the bedroom instead - not counting the ones that sit on their own chairs, stools, the floor, on top of the dresser, the back of the settee and among the ornaments!Blink

...that all are well overdue a hoovering.Embarassed

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 12th Jan 2019 at 05:35PM

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Withy Brook's Avatar If you are anything like me, Faith, you will soon run out of steam! You will get a jolly good feeling from what you have done though!
I have sort of started but slowly. Maybe this may mean that I will get more done in the long run. I actually organised myself this morning. I did about an hour in my office, shredding and sorting. Then about half an hour, pruning a step-over apple and started on a single stemmed upright as well as 3 roses which had some very bedraggled, almost opened flowers on them but also some still looking good. I always have a few roses at Christmas but nothing like this year. I got cold, so ended up taking the local old, walk-loving sheepdog for a short walk up the lonnen. I think she hated the near gale as much as I did!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 12th Jan 2019 at 06:14PM

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Fennie's Avatar Faith I have started the book and read half of it in which I learned: 1. Only live with what you love; 2. Start decluttering by finding every 'top' that you possess and heaping them together on the bedroom floor. Then pick up each in turn asking the question 'Do I love this?' 3. But yourself a large pack of rubbish bags.

This took 100 pages. I am not sure I still have the will to live,Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 12th Jan 2019 at 08:01PM

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Faith's Avatar I could easily have as many bears FN - love them!

Withy, you are right, I probably will run out of steam very quickly!

Fennie, how can anyone who lives with a partner/friend only live with what they love? Bill has heaps of books on war and politics - I don't love any of them! And that's just his books..... there's his pictures, his desk full of clutter, his old clothes (like 80s!) that don't fit but that he won't throw out!Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Faith on 12th Jan 2019 at 08:06PM

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Fennie's Avatar Faith I am only saying what the book says. It's a problem I know well. The answer is not to declutter but to build an extension. But we are only talking about your tops here. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 12th Jan 2019 at 08:46PM

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Faith's Avatar Mmm these books are all very well, but what's to do if one clears ones clutter but the partner doesnt?

Last night I cleared my products drawer - probably got rid of half. At least I can see what I HAVE got now!

Posted by: Faith on 13th Jan 2019 at 09:15AM

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Camilla's Avatar When we lived in our previous house before we moved two years ago I could hardly believe how much clutter we had but it was mainly in the garage and HL put there as usual. I did give a lot of books to the charity shop mainly Readers Digest and lots of clothes too. Now just have one tall bookcase in sitting room, and two tall bookcases in the Study upstairs. A few Cookbooks I have in the kitchen, one of them is from when I first got married and some of the pages are covered in old flour, I was always baking when I got married.

Faith, my HL is potty about the subject of War and any type of cars too mechanics, he does not ever read a book so these subjects are usally on DVD or TV programmes, I do not share his love of these at all.

Posted by: Camilla on 13th Jan 2019 at 11:14AM

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