So Ward’s home from Okinawa now, and almost all rested from his jetlag.
Which means it’s time to start:
1. Packing the things we’ll be moving with us.
2. Listing things on Craigslist and Kijiji.
3. Giving things away.
4. Getting things ready for storage.
And it also means …
tackling the difficult part. Meaning, this:
These are the bookshelves in our living room. They are packed to the brim with mostly non-fiction books (the bookcase on the far right holds fiction).
Some of these books have been with me for nearly twenty years. There are plays, art books, essay collections, biographies and memoirs, garden writing books, food writing books, new age books, quantum physics and math books … and many, many more.
I’m not sure how I’ll hold up, sorting through the titles and deciding what to take with us, what to give away, what to store.
It will be hard.
My husband has his own dilemma:
These are his cookbook shelves. He ran out of room earlier this year, so he’s also started another collection in a smaller bookcase to the right of this one.
And then there are these – my To-Be-Read bookcases. Yes, I have two of them.
These two bookcases are also problematic because, well, obviously I haven’t read the books they hold yet – and I still want to!
I also have another three full bookcases in my office, filled with writing and reference books (I’m not showing you a picture because that part of the office is unbelievably messy and I don’t think you’d be able to see the books through the stacks of paper piled in front of the bookcases).
All of this – after I’d already sorted through several bookshelves full of books earlier this year. At the end of that first round, I ended up giving away about 20 boxes of books, packed nine for storage and four to take with us.
I thought that was painful. It did take care of all the bookcases upstairs.
This is the downstairs. And just like before, it’s going to be really, really difficult.
My only consolation is – ebooks! I did find it easier to give away my books earlier this year, knowing that eventually, if I want them back, I can order them in ebook format. Much easier to store, ebooks.
But still …