The Great Book Purge of 2015 (And of Ever)

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The before (the hole in the middle of the shelves was actually where we used to keep our T.V.)

I am what you might call a book hoarder.

I love books. I have a thing for books. I smell the insides of books. They are my children. We do not ever talk about getting rid of my babies.

Until now. Well, until the other day when I read a book that told me to get rid of books.

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In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing the author, Marie Kondo, says that we should get rid of everything that does not “spark joy in our hearts.”

What a lovely way of encouraging you to THROW AWAY BOOKS. And everything else. But seriously, it was so helpful for me because my bookshelves really did need cleaned out (as well as everything in the rest of my house).

I took the author’s advice and took every single book off the shelf and then went through each deciding what to keep and what to get rid of. In addition to asking myself if it sparked joy in my heart, I also asked if it was educational for my children or would spark joy or relief in their hearts one day. If it didn’t, or I felt like it already served purpose in my life, GONE.

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The fam even got in on the action…

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We purged and we purged and we got rid of over TWELVE bags of books! CRAZY.

Oh my goodness, I had no idea how good it felt to PURGE! I feel lighter already. I can’t wait to tackle the rest of my house! PURGE BABY PURGE! Anyway, I’m telling you this because I recommend the book and the purging. It was so helpful for me. If you can’t get the book, it can be summed up in this: “Get rid of everything by going through it systematically by category instead of room (clothes, books, papers, etc.) and ONLY keep what sparks joy in your heart.” 

I am telling you, there is such freedom in getting rid of things and just keeping the things you really enjoy.

One quick caveat with the book before I show you the after pics: Marie tells you to hold your book and thank it and a few other things that I’m not into. As with any book, just pick the bones and keep the meat! :)

Okay, want to see the reveal? YEA YOU DO!

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AFTER!!!!

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Doesn’t it look SO refreshing?!!! I know!

Best. Decision. Ever. I love it SO much, and I actually want to be in this room now! Yay! Thank you Marie!

Oh, and for those who are concerned about my babies, they are being given to friend.

Ahhhh, here’s to a CLEAN SPACE!

Love, SM

P.S. My husband built those beautiful shelves. :)

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Day 26 – The Laundry Room! #31DaysToClean

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SO MUCH LAUNDRY!

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Today is laundry room day! We are going to clean our laundry rooms and get some of those piles of clothes on the floor WASHED and PUT AWAY!

Here we go…

  • Sort the laundry and begin washing a load
  • Clean off and wash the surfaces of the washer and dryer
  • Take out any trash
  • Vacuum or sweep the laundry room
  • Tidy up any other areas you need to make the room clean!
  • Go nuts! Sort, wash and most importantly, PUT IT ALL AWAY! No living out of laundry baskets!

After Pics!

Coming later!

The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

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Want to join in the 31 Days to Clean challenge?

Just follow along and get your copy of 31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version on Kindle or as a PDF!

The book includes daily readings to motivate and inspire you, Mary challenges to engage your heart, and Martha challenge to get you cleaning!

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Day 25 – Your Desk (or paperwork area)! #31DaysToClean

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Why yes that is a coffee maker on my desk. Brilliant, no?

Today we are cleaning your desk or paperwork area.

Get all the papers out of your desk and begin to sort! Throw things away, and make piles for what needs to go where. This is a good time to re-evaluate your paperwork system. Do you need bins or folders or other kinds of storage?

If you find that you have drawings and notes from your kids or friends and family, consider using a plastic bin with a lid or a separate folder in your filing cabinet to keep those special things safe (memories)!

After Pics!

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The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

Click HERE to see all the posts in this series!

Want to join in the 31 Days to Clean challenge?

Just follow along and get your copy of 31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version on Kindle or as a PDF!

The book includes daily readings to motivate and inspire you, Mary challenges to engage your heart, and Martha challenge to get you cleaning!

31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version is available now for only .99 cents!

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Day 24 – The Entry Way! #31DaysToClean

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This is our entry way and it’s ALWAYS  a mess. With three kids and playing in the snow, it gets crazy every day. Usually there are snow pants, hats and gloves all over the floor as well!

Today we are cleaning the entryway into our homes. Here’s the plan:

  • Get all the shoes, trash, junk and whatever else you have scattered in your entry way and put it away. Set aside one pair of shoes per person to put back after you’ve cleaned.
  • Now sweep up the area and wash or vacuum it. Put the shoes back nicely lined up.
  • If you have a coat rack, tidy that up as well, only keeping what you need.
  • Mail and keys area? Yep, take care of that to!

After Pics!

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The Online Friends Who Clean Together, Stay Together

Or something like that.

If you want to join the challenge using your social media channels, use the hashtag #31DaysToClean. I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook page, Instagram account, and Twitter account! Also, if you are blogging through the challenge, feel free to leave the direct link to your blog post in the comments!

Love, SM

Click HERE to see all the posts in this series!

Want to join in the 31 Days to Clean challenge?

Just follow along and get your copy of 31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version on Kindle or as a PDF!

The book includes daily readings to motivate and inspire you, Mary challenges to engage your heart, and Martha challenge to get you cleaning!

31 Days to Clean, the REVISED version is available now for only .99 cents!

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