Wednesday:  Book shelves/bookcase
I have a bookcase which is what – many much better men have not

There are no books inside, for books, I am afraid spoils its looks… Bunner

The lower two shelves of this book case is designated as "command central."  This is where bills, correspondence, magazines, cataglogues, etc are housed.  there are, also, baskets for our personal items-glasses, keys, papers/receipts that we might use in the near future.  This has eliminated the oft heard phrase "Have you seen my.....?"  Just fill in the blanks-if I see something on the ikitchen sland that might be important to the Mr., I put it in his basket.  He does the same for me.  This little area has eliminated what Flylady called "hot spots"-places near the family entrance to the home that gather clutter no matter how hard we try to eliminate it.  The top shelve houses National Geographic publications that isissy3 gave me when she downsized-they are so beautifully housed in those brown leather with gold embossed letters.  The other shelve is a display shelf for some items we brought home from Europe as mementos of our trip.  The basket in the middle is for receipts/invoices for any work/service done on our home/yard/cars-I gather them up and file them every few weeks.

The lower two shelves of this book case are designated “command central.” This is where bills, correspondence, magazines, catalogs, etc are housed.  There are also baskets for our personal items-glasses, keys, papers/receipts that we might use in the near future. This has eliminated the oft heard phrase “Have you seen my…..?” Just fill in the blanks-if I see something on the kitchen island that might be important to the Mr., I put it in his basket. He does the same for me. This little area has eliminated what Flylady called “hot spots”-places near the family entrance to the home that gather clutter no matter how hard we try to eliminate it. The top shelve houses National Geographic publications that isissy3 gave me when she downsized-they are so beautifully housed in those brown leather with gold embossed letters. The other shelves are a display shelf for some items we brought home from Europe as mementos of our trip. The basket in the middle is for receipts/invoices for any work/service done on our home/yard/cars-I gather them up and file them every few weeks.

The shelves on the right of the tv have more National Geographic magazines-the little figures on the top shelf are gifts from isissy 2 and isissy 3 from their time/travels in Africa.  The next shelf has a little sewing box I made from a cheesecake box-I painted it flat black and hot glued little buttons I had in a jar around the lid-and, of course, I had to put a little label on that said "sewing."  I really have to rein myself in with the whole labeling trend.  I get carried away and realize I have labeled everything but the Mr. and the dog!  The little basket next to the sewing box is filled with wooden blocks with the alphabet and a little guide to make different greetings- a sissy-in-law made them for every family for Christmas one year.  The rust colored basket holds my note cards and stationery-I am old school and still like to write a note here and there-having it out in front of me makes it easy to do it when I have the thought!  The clock is on one of the pretty "book boxes" from Michaels and holds all my manicure things-again, having it nearby and all together encourages me to take care of cranky cuticles instead of just chewing it off-don't judge!  Bottom shelf-devoted to the pup-he is a hairy little canine and needs combing/grooming often.  With the basket right there, I am more apt to grab it and comb his ears regularly.

The shelves on the right have more National Geographic magazines.  The little figures on the top shelf are gifts from isissy 2 and isissy 3 from their time/travels in Africa. The next shelf has a little sewing box I made from a cheesecake box-I painted it flat black and hot glued little buttons I had in a jar around the lid-and, of course, I had to put a little label on that said “sewing.” I really have to rein myself in with the whole labeling trend. I get carried away and realize I have labeled everything but the Mr. and the pup! The little basket next to the sewing box is filled with wooden blocks with the alphabet and a little guide to make different greetings- a sissy-in-law made them for every family for Christmas one year. The rust colored basket holds my note cards and stationery-I am old school and still like to write a note here and there-having it out in front of me makes it easy to do it when I have the thought! The clock is on one of the pretty “book boxes” from Michael’s and holds all my manicure things-again, having it nearby and all together encourages me to take care of cranky cuticles, instead of just chewing it off-don’t judge! Bottom shelf-devoted to the pup-he is a hairy little canine and needs combing/grooming often. With the basket right there, I am more apt to grab it and comb his ears regularly.Oh, the corner on the right side holds my current stack of reading material-books!  I wanted you to know that I really have used some of the space on my bookcase for a few books-go figure!

YOUR TURN
Do you have a bookcase or bookshelf in your house that  actually contains – uh, books???