There are exciting things I am doing in my life today that I would not be doing if I had not started this blog. They are the 'big' things, then there are the 'small' things or changes ie. being influenced by another blogger, being introduced to new things that change your everyday life or routine for the better.
One of my favourite sewing blogs is What Katie Sews and whilst reading it the other day I found a post on the book 'The life changing magic of tidying' by Marie Kondo. Katie had decided to tidy her wardrobe using the guidance in the book. Intrigued I bought the book....I love books, old and new.
I sat down to read it whilst sitting in front of this mess of a book shelf (see below) everything without a home had been stuffed onto its heaving shelves. It looked sad and uninspiring. These vintage shelves were rescued from a warehouse, they were being thrown out. They are old office pigeon-holes. A couple of years ago the talented other half restored sanded and painted them.
I read that Marie recommends starting with tidying your books first. Well...That is all it took folks... I was off on a "Kondo"
In a matter of minutes (well acually about 1/2 an hour) the book shelf was empty. I did as it says in the book, you have to pile everything on the floor.
Then you pick up each book and decide if it makes you happy or 'brings you joy' Easy? No not at all....because you must not start reading them! Eventually the book shelves looked like this....
I then cleaned them and toh mended and gave them a paint 'touch-up' The mose difficult part was putting it all back in. This took all day and I did not even stop for lunch. Gradually the shelves began to come alive with colour..
I wanted to display my favourite objects too, nestled amongst the books...
We are a family who love the vintage ladybird books, so we had a bit of fun choosing a six word sentence to fit in the six newly restored label frames.
"Peter and Jane like the dog"
Everything appeared calmer, brighter and fresh.
I could breath and felt inspired to sew, but thought it best to finish the job in hand first!
Are you waiting for the before and after shots?
...and a close up...
Even the room the shelves are in (our smaller sitting room) appears brighter....
what are you going to "kondo"?