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Get Rid of Your Books
February 27, 2014

Nonplussed, the speaker expounded the virtues of creating clean, organized space.  But her advice to rid my home of books had me thinking.  That there are some books I will never, ever part with is a given.  But I thought about it some more; I did have my share of read once, or even half-way, books that are just taking up space and collecting dust.  Books that I could just never get into, no matter how many times I tried.

So I went home, and filled two shopping bags of books I won’t miss.  And donated them to my building’s common room (its bookshelves had been sitting pathetically empty since a renovation the year before.  It always made me a little sad to see those empty shelves.)

The Mini PD

Two weeks ago, TESL London held a mini Professional Development  workshop on the topic of self-care.  Margarita Ibbott (the speaker urging a group of educators to get rid of their books) and Tammie Ross delivered some sound advice to the packed room.  Tammie Ross, a Wellness Coach, challenged the group to develop SMART goals.  Margarita, the Professional Organizer, motivated the group – or at least got us to consider how our creativity and productivity could be enhanced by working in an organized space.

The Mini PD was a fantastic opportunity to meet these two inspiring women, and also to keep in touch with my fellow TESL Londoners.  Also, I don’t miss the books I cleared off my shelves.  When I stuck my head in the common room today, I noted with some satisfaction that almost an entire shelf of my donations were gone.  And, miraculously, some new books had appeared.  I only snagged two.  That’s progress.

Now to work on my closet…


On Thursday, February 27, 2014, Valeeta Bennett said
It was an informative PD session that left us all with a lot to consider! Thank you to Margarita and Tammie for their contributions!



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