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Before and After: Bookshelves

I spent the last holidays cleaning and de-cluttering the house. I cleaned up the most stress-inducing areas of the house and I am very happy with the results. Today, I would like to share my successful mini-makeover of this corner.

I bought these shelves from Shopwise last year for only 600 bucks, buy one take one. Not bad, right? But when I brought out most of our books, I realized that we need more storage spaces. It was only last December when I actually bought the needed shelves. There is also Franco’s punching bag. I can’t hide it because of its size. It is also so heavy that it is impractical to move it all the time.

Wanna see my new shelves? Drum rolls please…



Yes, the punching bag is still there. I still don’t know where to put it. At least now, you would need to walk past the sofa before you see it. Before, you will see it as soon as you come in.

Look closely and you will see that it is actually 5 shelves on top of each other. I bought the top and bottom shelves also from Shopwise. They don’t have shelves in wenge so I had to settle with these. The middle shelf was a gift from my sister-in-law last last Christmas.

Have you noticed that I did some color coding? Books with white spines and my Yummy and Test Kitchen magazines are at the bottom shelf. On the second shelves are the blues and the yellow & greens. I could not find a spot for the lone pink and purple so I placed them beside the vase. On the middle layer are the browns and oranges. This shelf also has some of Aki’s top 100 children’s books, our Bible and our wedding photos.

I read somewhere to avoid crowding. I did that by putting some personal touches.

Like our wedding rosary from Puka Beach and Franco’s Volkwagen Hot Wheels toy. These past couple of months, he has been dreaming of owning a kotseng kuba. Maybe when we’re really rich and have so much money to spare on maintenance and repairs.

There is also our wedding cake topper. I added a small house made from Aki’s wooden blocks. Lastly, there is Furikazan something. It means Wind, Forest, Fire and Mountain and it is hubby’s handle name in messenger. Franco is a fan of anything Japanese so it was no surprise when he was so delighted to receive this tablet last Christmas. To Aki, this tablet represents that power symbols of the Power Ranger Samurai. Teeheee.


So what do you think of this mini makeover?

I would like to say thank you to everyone who still visited our online diary despite the lack of posts lately. And special shout outs to those who stop by and take time to leave comments. Thank you! I am weeks behind approving your comments. I am so sorry but please know that I really really appreciate it.

DDC, Aki went to school when he was 2.5 years old. I wanted to enroll him when he turned two but there weren’t any slots.

10 thoughts on “Before and After: Bookshelves

  1. We have the same bookshelves from Shopwise! 🙂 However, like you, at the start of the year, I realized that we needed more shelves for the kids’ books alone! So I bought a bigger shelf from Isetann (at a steal, in my opinion!) 😀 I have a pic of how it looks (partially, coz’ the whole thing wouldn’t fit into the camera lens frame) here: (Warning: long post, haha!). 🙂 Don’t you just love feeling organized? Hehe!

    1. true! Decluterring makes me feel so accomplished. By throwing out the things i dont need, i get a bigger appreciation for the items that i value

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