Saturday, November 03, 2007

Seiri and Seiton applied to books

Inspired by Kathleen's How to organize books, I signed up for LibaryThing. I started with the books in the sewing and craft room. I also cataloged just one bookshelf in the family room/library/upstairs hallway. Amazingly, that's already 274 books. See my current catalog. There is also a fun thing in the right sidebar that shows a random selection of covers from my library.

Now, on with the books in the home office and the cookbooks in the dining room before I tackle the main household library. There are 3 full height IKEA Billy bookshelves in the library, one more in Iris' room, and 2 full-height bookshelves in my office.

We really have to be more selective about the stuff we keep. I have no interest in the books about window treatments; Iris and I are allergic to dust. Iris also said she is bored with most of her books; they are for babies. Maybe we can purge books together as a mommy and me activity.

Today, she is a 7 year old. She acts like she is 14. I can't wait for adolescence. ;-P

Tomorrow, Iris and Mark (and 3 of her friends and her Aunt and cousin) are going to Disneyland. I developed a secondary infection following a cold. I will be staying home with hot fluids, antibiotics and rest tomorrow. Maybe I will post about some of the books I have read while on home confinement.


  1. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. I purged all of my unwanted books a few months ago by donating them to the library. It was nice to clear bookshelf space for books I really wanted.

  2. Anonymous09:46

    Manhattan Village is holding the Camel Book Mobile Book Drive. The books are going to Africa so they do request books that are as cross-cultural as possible. You should check it out on their website.

  3. We are in the process of getting rid of all our books. Yes, it seems horrifying, but I am finding it liberating. My daughter's roommate is the offspring of 2 librarians. She's the one who turned me on to this idea. She simply said, "I don't own any books. I visit the library." The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea.


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