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.
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!)
First 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.
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.
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.
I 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.
I 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?