Tidying, Decluttering

Saturday, 29 December 2012

books packed in box

Here’s a photo of some of my books which I have kept for years and years. There’s even an Oxford Dictionary of Music which Han said I should hold on to—in case the children need to use it if they take music lessons. :p

I don’t know if anyone feels the same way about books as I do, but these bound sheets of paper give me a sense of being anchored, secure. Reading an e-book just doesn’t work for me, I don’t enjoy it.

Holding a solid, physical  book in my hand however, makes me feel inspired to continue reading it. To absorb what the author is trying to convey through those pages. It’s like my hands are in some way helping me remember what I’m reading.

Anyway.

There’s a space in the house which has been designated as the holding room for all of our yet-to-be-sorted things. Han has done a splendid job at helping us stay organised, and to encourage ourselves to keep working at finding a proper home for all our belongings—as well as to decide which ones to donate or throw away. We’ve spent quite a few afternoons braving dust bunnies and tickly noses to clear that room, bit by bit.

And it’s always a relief to let go of things which we really don’t need anymore.

We’re also having a bit of fun rearranging things to give the spaces around the house a new lease of life. For instance, there was a round table upstairs that served as a hardworking space for Su An, mom and myself. This is what it looked like previously:

Cluttered round work table

It was sufficient, but there was obviously very little arm room or even surface area to work on! So I thought it would be good to bring out our Billy bookshelves from the holding room so we could clear away some of the things from the table. Now this is what the space looks like after Han rearranged the furniture:

Andrea and Reuben drawing at the upstairs work table

The space is much more accessible now, even for the kiddies! :) All that we needed to do was to move the table away from the wall to make space for the shelves, to allow the entire table’s edge to be used as workspace, and also make way for light foot traffic between itself and the shelves. I’ve made the children’s stationery and drawing books easy for them to bring out on their own as well.

Feeling extremely grateful for this beautiful house. :)

2 Comments

#1Gravatar imageYoke Fui says:

Glad you ‘ve rearranged the space to suit a growing family’s needs.

#2Gravatar imageMichelle says:

We had a fantastic canvas to start with. :) Thanks mom.

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