Elves on our Shelves

There’s something about knowing school is right around the corner that makes me go into hyper mode when it comes to getting our house in tip-top shape.  This school year will be especially time consuming.  Why?  I’m going back to school to earn my reading specialist certificate and I will have 23 kids this year.

Twenty.  Three.


So, I’m looking around the house looking for things that could possibly distract me.  Our bookshelves in our family room were driving me nuts.  Not literally, but every time I would walk by I really didn’t like the way they looked.  Using inspiration from Younghouse Love, I decided to take an hour or so and spiff ’em up a bit.  (You can find their first book here!)

DSC_0868First step I took was to clear the shelves and dust.  The shelves hadn’t been dusted since the basement remodel was finished.  That meant we had drywall dust and other kinds of dust that was produced.  It was gross.

DSC_0866DSC_0867The main reason I didn’t like the shelves is because of how cluttered they looked.  Plus, there were books sitting on the shelves that we didn’t really need anymore.  TIME TO PURGE!!

Once the books were cleared off and sorted into a keep or get rid of pile I began to follow the suggestion of Younghouse Love by starting with a vertical layering of books.  It was after that I added some personal mementos to add interest.  Yes, we’ll be watching tv down here and not staring at our bookshelves, but no one wants to look at boring bookshelves.  🙂  And I mean no one.

DSC_0874DSC_0875At this stage I was kind of liking where it was going.  But I definitely had to tweak things to make sure we still had access to books we needed.  #firstworldprobs

I don’t have much education when it comes to decorating, so I’m sure I’m breaking all kinds of rules, but I’ve learned if I like it, I like it.

DSC_0878Last winter when we made the trip to IKEA we bought the magazine holders and media boxes you see on some of the shelves.

DSC_0879I am getting a little better about updating pictures around the house.  This picture above is pretty special to me.  Almost all of my mom’s siblings are in it just months before one her older brothers passed away.  Plus the smile my grandma has on her face is pretty awesome.

DSC_0881I can’t wait until we can hang our larger tv on the wall.  But it won’t be until a new roof is put on and an antennae installed that we can finally make that switch.  Otherwise we would have a large black rectangle hanging on our wall showing an occasional picture.  Thrilling!

Overall, I’m happy with the final product and am no longer antsy over the shelves.  So, I have to ask, is there anything around your house that you have to put in order before you can do anything else?

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