books: create home thru konmari

For our first-ever Enjoy Life Project, we are working on Creating Home. The first step is to purge my home of the unnecessary, anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or loved. I am using the KonMari method, developed by Marie Kondo, a Japanese decluttering guru and author of two book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up {LM} and Spark Joy {SJ}.  So far, I’ve introduced the project, discussed my criteria and completed my clothes (part I and part II).


When tidying Marie’s second category, books, Marie invites us to ask this question: What kind of books will reflect the kind of person I want to be?

If you read this blog with any regularity you will know that I love books and I love reading.  Books have always sparked joy for me.  They have such a special place in my heart that I devoted the entire month of October last year to discussing their importance to me. I went into the books category fairly confident that the books that I had sparked joy. Even more confident than I was with my clothes.  I had purged a few books from my shelves last year because I had a suspicion then that seeing some of those books was making me feel guilty about past decisions. So, a lot of them went. I didn’t think that I would need to get rid of very many.

And I was right.  I own 193 books. I gave away six of them.  Marie includes magazines in the books category and I had 29 magazines.  I kept 13; three of which were of historical nature and featured Michelle Obama on the cover, eight were for reference as I work on various writing projects, and two were current issues that I am in the process of looking through.

It took me one and a half hours to go through all my books. Seeing them all on the floor was a little unnerving but it didn’t make me shudder. The sheer volume of them sparked joy. I was happy to have so many of them in my life.

Surprising Discoveries

Books that reflected my current life were on the bottom shelves. My books about writing, research, etc. were on my bottom shelves and all the books about my past and former careers: event planning, grant writing, administrative support, were front and center. That struck me as to the value that I was placing on my current situation and how I was hanging onto the dreams of yesteryear. I changed that immediately. And now my goals are at eye-level.  It’s been a very interesting shift.

Unread books can be taboo in both the reading community and Marie Kondo and I was afraid that I would have a lot of unread books.  Shockingly, I only had 15, three of which I let go. And here, as a bookman (a person who loves books and reading), I must disagree with the venerable Marie. “The moment you first encounter a particular book is the right time to read it.”  I have a number of books on my shelves that I initially didn’t read or started reading and didn’t finish. But I came back to them later to discover that the time was right for me to read them. Women Food and God by Geneen Roth and The Sacred Romance by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge fall into this category for me.

Still To Do

85b7544a-7f1e-42bd-be72-14e94a7cd15dI am getting new bookshelves so that I can see all my books. Right now, most them are stored behind each other because while my bookshelf is very wide, it is not very tall. After I get the bookshelves and as I place the books on the shelf, that I will probably purge some more. My bookshelves will be constantly evolving: highlighting the girl I was and showcasing the woman I am now while pointing the way to who I hope to become.

By tidying, Marie says that I am honing my intuition and ability to take action. I love that. I’m going to need it because paper (and all that THAT entails) is next. OH BOY!

enjoy life…

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quick lit – next page, please {february 2019}

Per usual, I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to discuss what we have been reading last month.

Currently Reading

  • This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide by Geneen Roth. Yep! Still going. It seems like I get more and more from it. Amazing, isn’t it?
  • The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. I’m rereading these because I am working on my intention to “create home” in our first ever Enjoy Life Project. I have finished clothes (which I invite you to check out) and books (post coming soon).
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I love books about books and that’s what this is with a lot of mystery thriller thrown in, which is not my typical genre. It was recommended in Anne’s post, 20 Books About Books and Bookstores. I thought I had read a good number of them; turns out, I have only read three or four. The mystery part has got me a bit and even though the writing is excellent, this one is feeling like a bit of a slog.
  • Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee. I was on the fence about whether I would finish this one. It looks like I haven’t yet.


  • Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson. So, last month I stated that this one didn’t grip me like her most recent novel, Almost Sisters. I spoke too soon. It was excellent. I did NOT see the twist coming. I have been thinking about it a lot recently. Liked it very much.
  • The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe by Anuschka Rees. I have been working my way through this book for over a year. Meaning that I have been completing her recommended exercises, compiling a style mood board on Pinterest, and determining Looks I Love.  After cleaning out my closet using the KonMari Method, again, (shameful promotion coming up, LOL) you can read about that over here, I was able to breeze through the rest of the book. I will be referring to this one often.  I like that it is different from most style books by not placing the reader in a box, like Bohemian, Chic, etc.  You determine what you like and experiment to find what works for you.

On Hold/Abandoned Reading

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process will probably be down here next month.

What have you been reading?

enjoy life…


quick lit – next page, please {january 2019}

Quick Lit {January 2019}I’m happy to say that I am getting back into the grove of my reading life after the Holidays. Here’s an update, which includes the return of an old favorite – did the pic give it away?

Currently Reading

  • This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide by Geneen Roth. The astute readers of the blog will note that I read this one last month, and the month before that. Yes, I’m still reading it-savoring it slowly. Not wanting to miss anything this go-around. Have you ever read a book like that?
  • Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson. Her most recent novel Almost Sisters was tied for my best book of 2018, so naturally I was curious enough to read her backlist. I’ve got to tell you, this one isn’t gripping me like Almost Sisters did but I am just over halfway through so there is still time.  The setting of Alabama remains the same, and there is an interracial couple as well. And, of course, there’s been a death.  I’ll have to see how I feel at the end.
  • Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee. Have you ever read a book that seems to go over your head? Well, this is that one for me. His writing style is so (what’s the word I’m looking for) elevated? Most of it is slipping past me.  But I wanted to read some more books on the writing craft and maybe, I am not to his level of writing expertise which is why I am struggling through these essays.  We will see if I am able to finish this one.
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I love books about books and that’s what this is, with a lot of mystery thriller thrown in which is not my typical genre. This book was translated from the original Spanish and I don’t know if that is what is making the book feel older than it actually is.  Published in 2001, the story is set in the late 1940s but with the sentence construction, I feel like it’s actually taking place pre-1800s.  I am scared of this one (the mystery thriller bit) but the writing is excellent and the storyline is fascinating.
  • The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. I’m rereading these because I am working on my intention to “create home” in our first ever Enjoy Life Project. I’d love for you to pop over and read about it if you haven’t already done so.


  • I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller. I got hooked on the TV show Friends while in college. I love this show. My hubby bought me the complete collection while we were dating.  And I love behind the scenes insights of just about anythings so picking this up was a no brainer.  It was also fascinating to discover that the writers and producers think that if there had not been a 9-11, the show would not have lasted as long as it did.  For you other Friends fans out there, do you have any thoughts on this?
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. A reread of the first book that I read about books. I HEART this book.

On Hold/Abandoned Reading

  • Becoming Michelle by Michelle Obama. I own this one so when my library holds come in I must reprioritize, am I right? I have no doubt that I will get back to it soon.

So, what do you think of my list? And how about you? What have you been reading? Head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s to see what the MMD community has been up to.

enjoy life…