My Shelf Care

Every weekend I take care of my bookshelves and dust them. For some this might be a short quick little dusting that’s done in a few minutes. For me, it takes anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours. This is because I take everything out dust all the inside of the shelf and then clean every single book/ item on my shelves before putting them back in their place.

Today I took about an hour and fifty minutes to complete my dusting routine. Why it almost takes longer then me cleaning the entire store at my work.. I don’t know. I almost dread the day when I have my own library, because that is my dream. To have my own private library in my home full of books that I’ve read and loved.

Today I took this weekly routine as an opportunity to count the books I own and what I have and haven’t read, because I haven’t done that in a long time and I thought it would be cool to see how much my shelves have grown.

Currently I personally own 160 physical books.

In addition to that my family own 44 that also sit on my bookshelves.

Of the 160 I own I have read 92 of them. Which is kinda sad, but also I blame Netgalley for it. I’ll be working on raising that number much higher ASAP.

Currently I am reading 3 books from my shelves. I’m back to reading multiple books at once and I have no regrets.

I have not read or started 65 books on my shelves.. which I can usually get to reading that amount in a year so.. I’m not feeling too badly about it. If I’m feeling like I’m slacking I can always do some reading marathons. That could be fun.

For a long time, taking the time to clean my shelves every week felt annoying and kinda frustrating, but now I understand it. I need to upkeep my shelves as much as I need to upkeep myself. I care about the books I own. If I want to have a big collection I need to care for it. To keep it clean and my books free from damage. It’s like any other part of your home. Keeping your room clean or your kitchen or living room. Sometimes self care is putting on some music and cleaning your environment. Taking time every week to keeping things clean is important. Even when it’s frustrating or tiring. Taking things one thing at a time eventually it’s all done and it feels good. It feels good to live in a clean environment. It’s necessary to put in the work to keep things clean.

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-Till next time!

Shake

Let me take all of your inhibitions and shake them around till they chip into fine dust and blend with your fears, your happiness, your memories, and get lost till you can’t find them anymore. Let me absolve you of the pain, the guilt, the tension, the worry. The stuff I want to reach inside and and tear away. The stuff that makes you think your undeserving of love. Let me shake you up and when you don’t know what’s up or down I’d stop and I’d turn you and you’d see the man that I’d see because finally the puzzle would fit and you’d be whole.. not because of me, but because of you. The chains you’d tied into every bit of proof that you were worth nothing.. chained into rocks on the floor.. chained to the walls of your house, chained to the center of the earth.. I will cut away.. cut and cut and heat and pry away until you were free. I wouldn’t let you sleep afraid.. I wouldn’t let you sleep angry, upset, or lonely. Should your eyes close and the guilt eat up and try to hold you in your nightmares I’d wake you gently. A gentle shake for you to remember where you were. Let me jump and dance my feet over the things that fill you with fear till there is nothing left because the gravity and the vibration and the weight of me destroying the weight of your searching thoughts. Let me shake you. Let me shake you.

Thanks for reading! It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a piece of poetry with all of you. All this time I’ve been writing it everyday and yet it took me till now to share one. I used to try and share one once a week. I missed it. I hope you all enjoyed this and I would love to hear your thoughts!

-Till next time!