Spring Cleaning is both a dreaded and anticipated ritual. A necessary evil in times past, more of a seasonal resetting for we modern folk. I may not scrubbing kerosene and soot from my rooms but there may be a layers of dust and a few cobwebs.
Today I share how this Booksipper spring cleans Bookshelves.
I have broken down this big task into four easy steps. We will rinse and repeat for each bookshelf. Here we go!
Step 1: Good Music and Supply Gathering
Upbeat music can turn any task into an enjoyable one. Well, maybe not enjoyable but at least bearable. I love Disney soundtracks; they are cheerful, upbeat, and have catchy lyrics. What more could you ask for? But any type of music that you enjoy is good for this step.
The music is playing, now gather up some cleaning supplies.
You will need something to brush away the dust, paper towels/rags and a cleaner to wipe the shelves with. Choose the best cleanser for your type of bookshelf. A wooden bookshelf will need a different cleanser than a plastic/veneer one.
I like to make my own ahead of time with vinegar and essential oils or I use: Seventh Generation Free and Clear All Purpose Cleaner when I am short on time.
Step 2: Just Start
Pull everything off of the book shelf and stack it all on the floor or a table, whatever is nearby. Using your choice of cleanser, wipe off all that dusty grime.
While the shelves dry from that good scrubbing, dust off the books, picture frames, knick-knacks that are in your piles.
Do Not Put Anything Back on the Shelf yet!
Step 3: The Sort
Before any item goes back on the shelf it is time to make it pass these questions.
~Do I Love/Really Like this book/item?
~Will I ever re-read this book?
If the answers are Yes, it is going back on the shelf.
If the answers are hesitant or a kinda, put it in its own separate pile that is walking distance from the work in progress.
If your answer is not really or No, it goes into a sell or donate pile. ( We will talk about these options later )
Proceed with all the items that you have for your shelf.
Good job! This is the most difficult step of Spring Cleaning a Bookshelf!
Step 4: Reshelving & Decorating
Probably the most fun of all the steps!
Arrange and rearrange until your hearts content on your squeaky clean shelves that are cobweb free.
Stack some books vertically, held up by knick-knacks or book ends. Lay books horizontal with a photo frame on top or nearby. Arrange by color or author. Any way you please.
Need inspiration ~ Check out my Bookcases and Reading Spaces Pinterest Board.
You've worked hard. Pour yourself a favorite beverage to sip, put up your feet and enjoy your beautiful shelves!