This week I have had some news which has put rather a rocket under the clearing out project. We are having some home improvements done, did I mention this in any posts yet? I can't remember. Anyway, it's been a bit of a trial but I finally found someone who can do the work and he can start rather sooner than I anticipated. I need to completely clear the garage and basement by December 3rd. Gulp.
On Wednesday I cleared out and bagged up 169 books. I have found this a bit hard because I do like books, but if I'm being really objective there are a lot of them in the house that will never, ever be read again. For instance, textbooks from my first degree, I graduated in 1995 and haven't opened them since so I think it's probably safe to let them go.
I've also had the kids go through some of theirs. Jacob has been very good and decided to donate almost everything he owns, all he seems to have left is 'The Game Maker's Apprentice', which is so old and dog-eared he can barely read it and 'Calculus for Dummies'. How did I create such a nerd?
Tom has also done his bit and thinks he can live without such riveting reads as 'Exploring Corporate Strategy' and 'Affiliate Program Management - an hour a day'. I fear he went though hell to get his MBA.
Rose is going through a big reading phase at the moment and finds parting with her possessions difficult so we put the stuff she doesn't read in a box and I'll take it away when she's forgotten about it.
We still have quite a few books but I feel that a house isn't a home without at least a few. I went through the house and estimate around 250 remain. Some more can go if I can figure out e-readers and how to own or borrow e-books. If anybody reads this and has any observations on that I would be very interested to hear from you.