Book Swap Planning

I am on a rampage to get rid of stuff.

I'll be keeping my collection of etiquette books.
I’ll be keeping my collection of etiquette books.

One thing that I have recently signed up for is Ruth Soukup’s Unstuffed 10-Day Challenge.

On the shelves in the Treetops Room I found a pretty blank journal and a family recipe book.
On the shelves in the Treetops Room I found a pretty blank journal and a family recipe book.

Among my belongings I found an unused journal that I’ll be gifting to my dear friend. She is a beautiful writer but has never tried keeping a journal.  I think she’ll be surprised just how inspiring her writing is.

Book Swaps are not difficult to organize.
Book Swaps are not difficult to organize.

Finally, Charlie and I have set the date, May 7th, for a Book Swap.  The inside of the invitation reads like this:

Hey Bookworms,
              Is anyone else out there struggling with clutter including perfectly good BOOKS?  Everyone has books at his/her home that he/she would hate to throw away but really doesn’t want anymore. In honor of the culmination of “Teacher Appreciation Week”, May 7, 2016, Charlie and Jo invite you to a book swap where you can bring your old books and walk away with some new reads. The books should be in good condition but can be of any genre including children’s books.
The Rules
1.  Each person should bring no more than 10  books that you didn’t want to throw away but are ready to part with.
2.  On the day of the swap bring your books and pile them in front of the sign that closest fits the category of your book.
3.  When everyone has deposited his/her books on the surface provided you can check out the selection.
4.  You will be given a signal to grab as many books as you brought to a maximum of 10.
5.  Unclaimed books are fair game for anyone who would like them.
6.  All leftover books will be donated to The Book Thing of Baltimore where anyone can go and help himself to free books (description follows).
We all seem to have lots of attractive books.
We all seem to have lots of attractive books.

Refreshments will be served!

Are you ready to get rid of some books?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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