Day 276: Putting Old Bookshelves to Good Use

It has rained all day today (all to do with Storm Alex apparently) and I had to do two trips to the school and back – the second one was because my daughter couldn’t find her bus pass. Anyway, I had a good chat to my mum on the phone on this afternoon’s drive to the school, and caught up with the girls in the car on the way home. They seemed happy that it was finally the weekend, and so was I.

So, you may be wondering what I did with the white bookshelf that I moved out of the spare room yesterday. If you missed the post, check out What’s behind the door? I can be quite resourceful when I put my mind to it, and tend to use things until they can be used no more. Instead of shoving the bookshelf in the garage with its identical twin and all of the other junk, I had an idea to put it in the conservatory.

It lacks shelving in the conservatory and I have been using the window ledge for part of my self-improvement books collection. You know how much I love my new little cosy sanctuary come office that I’ve made myself in the conservatory? Well, I equally love my books and like to have them to hand in case I want to refer to something, work on self-improvement or just read up on interesting topics.

Today on a zoom call, I was asked to go through ‘time management’ with someone that I’m mentoring, and I really needed the book ‘Eat that Frog‘ by Brian Tracy or ‘Time Management for Manic Mums‘ by Allison Mitchell, or ‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allen. Don’t get me wrong, I can talk about Time management all day, but it’s nice to have the exact diagrams and methods to hand in the books instead of having to remember the small details.

So, back to the bookshelves. I found a way of putting the bookshelf next to my desk serving as additional space when I’m working. I also placed one of my home grown geraniums on the top shelf.

Bookshelf put to good use

It was then that I remembered that there was another matching bookshelf in the garage that I could put the other side of the room next to the exercise machine. I knew that it wasn’t doing to be easily accessible in the garage because of the boxes that had been placed on, in and around it. After moving heavy boxes around, I literally had to lift the bookshelf out of the tight space (I’ve left a bit of a mess but it’s also made me want to go back in there over the weekend and sort things out, which is a good thing).

Back to the conservatory… I gave the bookshelf a good clean and put it next to the exercise machine with another geranium on top and a few books.

Second bookshelf put to use

Although they are both in compact spaces, I think that both of them match nicely and look good with books, plants, ornaments and candles. I still need to move the stack of books from the cupboard in my bedroom into this bookshelf but I ran out of time today because I had work to get on with. I can move them tomorrow.

I think that the previous owners left the bookshelves here when they moved out. Funnily enough I’m putting them back in the exact same place that they left them.

This weekend

We had a decorator come round earlier to go through what we need painting after the lights and plastering have been done. Lots more going on this weekend in terms of talking to a wardrobe designer and a plasterer, as well as another visit to the carpet shop to make our decision.

I also have lots of clearing and decluttering to do in the spare room and bedroom. If time permits I will spend a couple of hours in the garage making space.

So, time for some me-time now.

Until tomorrow…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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2 Responses to Day 276: Putting Old Bookshelves to Good Use

  1. Sheree says:

    Congrats but I couldn’t repurpose a book shelf as I don’t have enough of them.

  2. It was good that you had a use for them. I end up keeping things just in case I might need it later(not furniture though) and it has gotten me into trouble. Nature hates a vacuum. I found myself using these things because they were there even though something else would have done the job. I think your bookcases in the conservatory as a repository for a book collection that you access frequently is great and it will free up that space in your bedroom cupboard.

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