Other Memories

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Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away. That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home. Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.

Paulo Coelho

My Friggin’ “Finally” Bookshelves

We have lived in our house for eight years and had fifty unopened, unpacked boxes of books sitting under the basement stairwell of our house. Why? My hard working husband and I couldn’t come to an agreement about the design of the wood bookshelves for the library we wanted to build in our basement. I would send him Pinterest photos with ideas and occasionally he would say, “Nice shelves.” Many times each year month I would ask him, “When are you going to build our shelves?” He didn’t want to deal.

On Friday I went to a store in Madison and saw many sturdy, large steel bookshelves. Ok, not wood, but $30 each! Such a deal!

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The next day I told my husband about them and he said, “Did you take pictures of them?” No! So on Saturday I took photos of them and showed them to my husband. He said it was “a go,” and we went there and bought six of them!

Finally! I was going to be able to open my boxes of beloved books and “set them free” (a quote from my sister).

Here they are after delivery to our house:

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Here they are lined up against the wall:

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I cleaned them with warm water and Murphy Oil Soap. And dried them. The dust on them was at least 40 years old! It took me two and a half days to do this project. It was great exercise. It was fantastic seeing our books again! In the fifty boxes were also hundreds of CDs, framed photos and pottery. I did donate a lot of books and CDs to a thrift store.

The cabinets are almost filled. This is how they look right now:

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When the library is more fixed up I’ll post a photo.

I’m so friggin’ happy that my husband and I came to an agreement about the bookshelves! It was such a fun project. And now onward to the next project!

p.s. I saved all the boxes that the books were in. The boxes are back under the stairwell.