Monday, January 10, 2011

January Reflections: Stuff

A few weeks ago, while searching for a lost item, I realised I was sorting through endless piles of Stuff to find what I was looking for.  

I am surrounded; I'm living in the middle of Stuff, most of which I do not use on a daily basis.  What is it?  How did it get here? How can I get rid of it?

Stuff.  I dislike it immensely, yet love it tremendously.

My Stuff mostly consists of well-used things that I am attached to, and don't want to part with.  Books that have been read again and again, letters, drawings from my kids, unread books, coffee mugs, photos, recently purchased half-read books, empty honey jars, useful scraps of paper and fabric, children's books, educational books, cookbooks, stacks of books with nowhere to live, bookshelves crammed to full capacity, books lying on the floor, borrowed books, library books...

I think I might have a book collecting problem.  Just confessing that now, getting it out in the open.  I never get rid of books.  Almost every day, I think of yet another book I need or want.

Often, though, because I am so busy with cooking, cleaning, writing, learning with my kids, maintaining community life and relationships, creating... I don't have time to read.  And those books just become Stuff.

I need to sort through them.  Once upon a time I worked at a library, so I can't use the excuse that I don't know how to organise books.  It's just the time and discipline required to do so.  Managing my time and maintaining a stable schedule are two of my weakest points.

If anyone wants to offer any advice to a book addict, or if you are a recovering one yourself, please comment.  I need help!

Please don't advise me to get a Kindle reader.  I just can't do it.  I have to be able to hold a book, smell it, turn the pages.  You are probably laughing at me now, and I may be eating those words in twelve months' time, but... 



  1. I was hoping to one day pass on some of our many books to you!!! (: I couldn't resist this comment. We have 10 bookshelves of various sizes in our home and I have even given away books in the past. How dull life would be without books...

  2. books.
    it's the stuff I miss when I'm away from my stuff.
    no help, but at least, I empathize.

  3. Give them to me :)
    That wouold solve your problem, but enhance mine some what :p

  4. Maybe I should have a book sale. Like a library would. :)

  5. my mom got a kindle for christmas and while i'm a lot like you in wanting to hold a book and feel it and smell it...that kindle is pretty nice. i'm starting to really like it and steal hers every chance i get :)

  6. I don't think I'll ever get a Kindle or a Nook or any of those digital reading advices...though it would be really cool to instantly download those research books and get to keep them instead of having to wait for them to come on interlibrary loan...

    My books aren't really organized all that well. My history books are organized according to time period, but that's about it.

  7. Wanted to let you know that the 4th set of prompts for January Reflections is ready. If you'd like to get these via email every Mon. and Wed. visit the and scroll to the bottom of the page. Under "Subscribe" click on "Subscribe by email." You'll then get an email every time I post to my blog. Blessings, Corrin

  8. Corrin... I just started following your blog instead! :)


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