It started when

28 Jul

I put away the recipe for Impossible Vegetable Pie.  Pause.  Ah ha.  Half of my modest cookbook collection is just taking up counter space.  Now those unused cookbooks are headed to a public library book sale.  But not before…I’m on a roll…before scrutinizing the nine shelves behind the couch.  In 2010, the nine shelf solution was progress.  Some of the books I have had 50 years.  The thermodynamics text book…40 years.  Blah, blah, blah.  Since then, I have read dozens of ibooks.



The first sort of about 300 books is complete with everything left in place and hot pink stickers on spines of books to donate.  The subjects range from travel, gardening, fiction, non-fiction, business…even organizing…I stopped to scan that one.  The goal of the 2010 effort was to fill the shelves to keep “Office Assistant” Eve from napping between books.  There is no Dewey decimal system in place.

Sort with Hot pink tags

Sort with Hot pink tags

Donation_first 50, followed by 27

Donation_first 50, followed by 27




A week has come and gone since I started this project.  Results:

  1. Extra foot of countertop space in kitchen
  2. Empty file drawer
  3. Extra shelf available on desk
  4. Bottom three shelves have new purpose
    1. Memorabilia storage
    2. Stationery, cards, Christmas cards
    3. Board games
  5. Book groupings arranged for next phase…

Eve still naps under the potted plant 🙂



I choose to keep the six shelves filled:  (2) for favorites, (1) for travel, (1) for business/government, (1) for youth and finally…..miscellaneous!

What is your story?

2 Responses to “It started when”

  1. pimla15 July 28, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    I have two problems with your book shelf. One, what’s more natural than having a cat nap between the books? Maybe Eve is looking for inspiration. Two, no Dewey Decimal system??? EEEE GADS!!!! The horror! 😉

    • elfcroft July 28, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

      Alas, Eve if/when she is startled…launches…leaving a permanent record (scratch). Do you make house calls for Dewey Decimal system instruction? 😉

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