How do your bookshelves look?

Getting Organized:

In your home and homeschool

Dear Friends,

Yesterday I talked about your paper clutter. Today I am going to talk about a more sensitive subject to you. I am going to talk to you about your book collection. Do your books fit on the bookshelves? Are you living with piles of books in your home?

As homeschoolers, we like books. This is a good thing unless they are taking over our homes. Some of you also like to check out a lot of library books. I have talked to a couple of you who could build a library based on your late fees and lost book fees. (smile)

When we check books out of the library, I have a plastic crate that we keep them in throughout the week. I have taught my children to put the library books back in the crate after they read them. This has helped a lot. I also use the online library book list to make sure I have all of the books before we go back to the library to return them.

Over the past few years, I have significantly reduced the amount of books I have in my home. I take them to homeschool mom’s meetings and give them away. I have donated them to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club for the tutors. I have mailed some to family members with younger children. I have only kept the children’s picture books that are special to us.

As my youngest child progresses, I pass his books along to others. This blesses others, and it frees up space on my bookshelves.

Today, I want you to take a look at your bookshelves. Can you purge any? Do some dusting while you are checking them out. Don’t spend hours doing this. Set your timer for 15 minutes. Let me know if you donate any of your books.

Today’s Zone Mission is to detail dust your bookshelves.

Your Home Blessing for today is to declutter paper and magazines.

My menu plan for Thursday is spaghetti and a salad.

Have a great day!

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at

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