Q: We have full bookshelves in our office, living room, TV room and bedroom. Our two kids also have full shelves in their rooms. I gave my wife a Kindle a few years ago, and she now has an iPad, but the library remains, and she still keeps any new hard-copy book she reads. We could sure use the space for the rest of our clutter.
A: Organizer Nicole Anzia of Washington answers: This is a common problem. If space is truly becoming a problem, I suggest that the two of you take everything off the bookshelves in one room at a time and try to set aside at least a third of the books for donation. Taking everything out of the bookcases makes it easier to see just how many books you have and it also forces her to make a decision before putting a book back. As for your kids, you don’t want to discourage their interest, but you could nudge them to give up a few to make room for some new books.
Indoor farmers market
If you love the farmers market, you don’t have to wait for summer to get a taste. An indoor farmers market on Jan. 25 at the Extension Center, 21st and Ridge Road, will feature produce, honey, meat and crafted items. There will be about 26 vendors, said Chris Radtke of Muddy Boots Farm near Kingman. Her farm will be selling spinach, lettuce and probably some garlic, along with a gluten-free bar. The market will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. And put two more winter markets on the calendar: Feb. 15 and March 15.
Bird walk at Botanica
The monthly walk through Botanica to look for birds will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, 701 N. Amidon. Bring your binoculars if you have them. The one-hour walk is included in Botanica admission, which is $7 for adults.