This took a while, but our living room is now, exactly like Ontario, open for business. We had put a lot of thought into what stays and goes. We loved our wall of books, still do, but our home is chaotic and the bookshelves would become overwhelmingly messy in no time. We moved the books to the games room in the basement. Maybe one day when life is slower the shelves can come up again.
But you love books! Yes we do. We always have several on the go. They are on the stereo shelf now.
The rule is, once the tissues and/or phone fall off the ends, it is time to rearrange the books.
The living room is now a calm place to knit or read, listen to the radio, have the morning coffee and do pilates and yoga. Owen has taken over the arm chair for the online school.
One day, we are looking forward to having friends over!