Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Books and Boxes

Packing started tonight. Up until now it had been cleaning and sorting. I only have two more cabinets to clean out and I am all done. Then I go through clothes. Kids grow so fast. What fit yesterday doesn't fit today. But that's still cleaning. I actually put things in a box tonight. A box that will make the move with us. I started with the book case.

I don't dust. Let's just get that out there right now. I despised that chore as a kid. My mom had this bookcase with these spindly things that had to cleaned and the books had to be moved. I told hubby upfront not to expect me to grab the duster. One day he said the fans were dusty. I said he should hop right up and take care of that. You wanna talk about dust? Try a bookshelf that hasn't been dusted in I don't know how long. My head is trying to pound. I neti potted. Advil Cold and Sinus is a magnificent thing.

I did have to sort through a ton of books. Books are so important. Reading is important. I have started scheduling reading time in the afternoons. The big girl and the baby like it. The boy, not so much. We have so many favorites. Every book by Roald Dahl we have ever read has made us laugh out loud. By chance we found a movie from his book The BFG. Loved the Harry Potter books. We did all those as books on tape. There was no way I had time to read those books as busy as we were. I had to be honest about which books to take and which ones needed to find a loving home. Broke my heart with some of them. I still wasn't able to get rid of some. We have read The Napping House since before we moved here and that was almost 6 years ago. We still read it and we still laugh.

We were gifted recently with a huge box of books. So many treasures and gems in there. I even have book studies for many of them that we are going to use next year. I know, big surprise. The big girl has read almost all of the Guardian of Ga'hoole books. Most of the books were in the box and the rest we got from the library. I put aside some books that we've read. I have a huge pile to take to the park.

I had to be honest about curriculum as well. How much do I really want to cart with me and how much am I really going to use? I have quite a bit I can recycle when the baby gets a little older. I already have all of her second grade year. I am loving that. I did pull some things that I don't think we'll use anymore and some things that just aren't right for the next kid in line. That was hard, too. I adore curriculum. But if I'm not going to use it, I need to get rid of it.

I still have an over flowing bookshelf, but hubby is bringing more boxes home when he gets a chance. Then they get taped up and stored in the shed until we get the letter. Next project is toys. Ugh!

Have a great day.

1 comment:

Big Sis said...

Can't wait for you to come over and help me clean out the clutter, too. Love you!!!