Things at our house are in a bit of an uproar.
After twenty-five years in Ohio, twenty-four years in the same house, my husband and I have decided that after Christmas we will be heading down the road home. We are moving back to Missouri.
Whew! Talk about a mix of emotions. Our kids were born and raised in Ohio, we’ve had more than two decades of fabulous times with friends here, and we have a true church family here, people it’s hard to imagine life without.
And yet we have dear family—my husband’s sister—in our hometown. My husband and I met there, had our first date there, and were married there. We have wonderful friends there who’ve known us since my husband was the king of tetherball and I was the nerdy girl in glasses. (Hmmm. At least I’m consistent.)
Needless to say, these next seven months will be a roller coaster ride for my heart.
But, on a more practical level, there’s that little bit about how we’ve lived in the same house for twenty-four years. The amount of clothing, linens, kitchenware, and just plain junk I need to sort through is formidable.
I’ve made some progress. For instance, I already got rid of a lot of pants, pants that haven’t fit in years and certainly aren’t going to fit any time soon. (Thank you very much, COVID-19.)
But then there are the books. Most of the time these days, I read on my Kindle. But I also have shelves bursting with contemporary Christian romance, mainstream contemporary romance, cozy mystery, Bible study and devotional, and books on the craft of fiction writing, as well as history, biography, and poetry.
So I’ve been reading the current wisdom about how to sort and tidy books. “You’ll never read it again…Books are just information…Your home will be more pleasant without all that clutter…”
Excuse me? Get rid of my Becky Wade and Susan May Warren and Katie Ganshert? Get rid of my Bible studies?
I’ll allow that there are a few books I can part with. But in general: Yes, I’ll read it again. I’ve already read it twice. Or maybe three times. Books are NOT just information. And how could my home feel like my home without my books?
Maybe I’ll just keep all my books and give away stuff I really don’t need.
That sounds a lot better. And, under this plan, the number one item to get rid of is…
The ironing board.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on whether or not books can ever really be clutter and your advice on preparing for a move.
In honor of the upcoming changes to my life, I’m giving away a free copy of Love and Roses, which begins with the hero moving to a new town. If you’d like to be included in the drawing, please comment by Sunday evening, June 7, 2020. One commenter on this post will be chosen at random, notified by email, and announced in a Sunday edition. If the winner lives in the US, he or she can pick from a Kindle copy or a paperback. A winner outside the US will win a Kindle copy.
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