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A few great ideas for those who are crafty and don’t want their books anymore. 😀

House of 34

Old books can be found everywhere.  From Goodwill and Habitat Restore to used Book Stores and garage sales.  Libraries even sell out of date books for very little money.

I have been wanting to make my last name initial from a book to put in my bookcase.  I had seen it on Pinterest, where they used a jigsaw and a template made from a large cutout printed font.  While looking for that particular project, I came across oodles of  ideas for projects using old books.  They are so clever!  Who knew??  Many of these would make great gift ideas.  The holidays are just around the corner, ya know.   Take a look…

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Small Space Organizing by Kathryn Bechen

This book approaches small space organization from the perspective of comfort/coziness and practicality. It’s a great book with great ideas for big and small, small-space problems.

It all starts with downsizing, and the author understands the emotional aspect of parting with things. Downsizing does not mean throwing everything out, just keeping the stuff that you truly love and putting it somewhere where you can enjoy it often.

She suggests  thinking about questions such as: how do you want to use the space? How do you want to live? What kind of  a climate do you live in? Then, writing down all  you want to do and get rid of before doing anything. Then, she gives tips on how to do it, room by room.

There is a chapter for one-room apartments and chapters on spaces with enough room to create all kinds of rooms, including a nursery or kids room, should you need one. Even libraries, patios, beverage bars and laundry rooms are considered.

The reader is asked questions based on what they need and value. Every bit of space is used up to beautify and store. It seems that the author could make a shoebox cozy and functional.

The book is intertwined with real life stories that prove various points and liven up the narrative.

The focus is on helping you decide what works best for you and providing tips and ideas on how to achieve that given the space you have. Organization is no.1 and the final word is on how to store the stuff that you absolutely can’t live without.


P.S. don’t forget to enter the draw for the 3-book package. Contest closes this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.. See post from May 15 for details.


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