Rhythms are a funny thing. For me, January is the re-organizing month. Things that didn’t bother me at all in December become unbearable in January… the year’s worth of clutter that has accumulated on the living room sideboard, the jumble of clothes in my cupboard, the scattering of books ALL OVER THE HOUSE… I didn’t see them in November… they looked fine like that in October, but now, NOW, I cannot tolerate the mess a second longer!

It feels so good to pull things out, re-evaluate their importance in our lives and decide if they still deserve a front row seat to the beauty that is my family. Some things clearly don’t and they get offered to friends, recycled or thrown away. Forgotten treasures get found and lovingly put back in the place that was always intended for them. OUT with the junk. Repair, revival and reintegration for the things we still love.

The bookcase was my most recent project. It had become mess of epic proportions. Books crammed in this way and that. Spines showing and spines not showing. Books squashed in vertically and, when there was no longer space, books forced in horizontally. Books covering books covering books. And, the funny thing is… the children complained that there was ‘nothing to read’! The truth was that there was LOTS to read, they just couldn’t find the books they wanted.

Look at it now… doesn’t it look wonderful? Neat and tidy and organized. Kitty has a shelf, Teddy has a shelf, my Good Man has a shelf. And, the best thing, having such an organized bookshelf has sparked such a reading frenzy. They all read constantly… in the morning lying on the couch in front of the fire, at night waiting for the bath to run, even out on a walk.

“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.” – Victoria Moran

Here’s to a neat and tidy bookcase and the love of reading.

Blessings and magic,



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