Clutter | But What About Books?
When it comes to keeping household clutter at bay, books feel like the exception. Have you used it in the last year? Is it either beautiful or functional? We don't ask ourselves these questions when it comes to books, and I'm right there too. My love of books runs deep. I get an emotional feeling anytime I walk into a bookstore and at home, I've tried to create a little bit of that sensation with my own collection of reading material. And who doesn't love the look of a full bookshelf? And yet... still... my bookshelf has recently been overflowing. The result is stacks of books - on my side table, on my nightstand, on the ground. It's not a good look. Then, I heard a phrase from Feng Shui expert Amanda Gibby Peters that struck a chord. She explained, "You can't hear a voice in a crowded room." She went on to explain that books represent someone's voice on your shelf. All the voices can get muddled together and lose their individual power when there are too many competing messages. For this reason, and the fact that my shelves had runneth over, I took time this weekend to get brutally honest about my bookshelf. I donated about 10. The remaining books now have some breathing room and a place to be heard.
Would love to hear from any readers - What are your thoughts on storing books? Do you 'spring clean' your bookshelf?