Over on www.less-stuff.co.uk today the focus is on how to declutter all those books and magazines you may have been collecting for that ‘interesting’ piece you want to keep, or in case you get the chance to read that story again. I came to a decision a few years ago that there are so many amazing new books in the world, and don’t have oodles of time to read that I was highly unlikely to read most of my paperbacks again. I had a vigorous cull and freed up a lot of room, donating the books for other people to enjoy as I had.
We also opened our own Community Library in the garden – it’s been a fun project that hasn’t cost anything and I feel a separate post about it coming on! It’s an old fridge freezer and it’s proved quite popular on our street.
For the Countdown to Cosy I’ve been thinking about how reading can be a lovely cosy activity for a wet and cold afternoon, I personally find reading a wonderful escape into history or fantasy. Some ideas might include:
- Finding a box or bag and adding a few things you have been meaning to read – so you know where they are when you get some time to yourself.
- Give yourself a goal to read one item a week and have them ready to go by the bed or kettle or wherever will help remind you to read them.
- Re-organise a book shelf with your ‘To Be Read’ items all together.
- Print a colouring in sheet with your reading goal for Winter and fill it in as you go (two below to try…)
- If you feel you have a book in you to write, consider taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). An annual November challenge to write 50,000 words!
- Re-read a treasured wintery book from childhood.
- Read books set in Winter there’s a great list of ideas on page 23 of Winning At Winter 🙂