Welcome to my new clutter-free life. At least, I'm getting rid of my clutter to make way for kid clutter.
This week I'm cleaning out the bookshelves. So far I've filled three boxes and recycled a lot of paper (uni essays and notes, training package flotsam, information and handouts painstakingly collected over years of enthusiastic participation in adult education courses). It's painful - the breakup of dozens of tiny relationships.
I am a person who loves my clutter. Well (as I explain to Lovergirl), it's not clutter. It's my history. It's all filed, or in alphabetical order on bookshelves, or arranged artfully catching dust in various crannies about the house. Bags of clothes I love are stowed away for when I fit into them again, and reminding me that once, I was a size ten. The shed is piled with small bits that will definitely come in useful. But like some house of horror, many things come into the house, but nothing ever leaves. Lovergirl travels much lighter. She accumulates and sheds in roughly equal proportions.
So I'm starting at the bookshelves. In principle, I should get rid of anything I haven't read yet. Sounds simple... but I might read them.
I can't decide whether to add these to the throw out box. I haven't read any of them. What do you think? Am I missing anything? Should any of these stay?
- Gaita: The Philospher's Dog
- Contemporary Cultural Theory
- Reader's Digest Book of Sewing and Knitting
- Patrick White: The Vivsector
- Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow (really had better read that!)
- The Woman's Comfort Book
- AntiGay (arguing against the construction of gay identity, as I recall)
- Leatherwomen (from my twenties!)
- Kipling: How the Leopard Got His Spots
- Kipling: Puck of Pooks Hill
- Louis de Berneires: Red Dog
- Charmaine Solomons' South East Asian Cookbook
- Bronte: Jane Eyre
- Paul Gallico: Thomasina
- Annapolis Book of Seamanship
- Natural Vision Improvement
- Chloe plus Olivia (lesbian couples in history)
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes: Women Who Run With the Wolves (remember that?)
- Tim Winton: Dirt Music
- Drusilla Modjeska: Poppy
- Philip Larkin: Collected Poems
- Henry Lawson: While the Billy Boils
- Easy Home Projects with Wood