We’re going to focus on the Book Lovers here. If you’re not a book lover, you can do a simple purge of books that you don’t want or read anymore and donate them to your favorite charity. Easy Peasy!
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Let me clarify, if you’re the type of Book Lover who wants to keep your own printed books in your home and not only read library books or use e-Readers like Kindle (we love electronic books too!)–this article is for you. First, advice from MaLee:
If you have the space for lots of books and they all give you joy, MaLee’s philosophy could be a great match for you. 🙂
If you want to downsize your book collection–
Mariah and Tara have great Book Sorting tips that are simple to apply:
Get rid of the obvious– books you don’t read and duplicates. Throw away or recycle worn and torn. -Mariah
For my kids, I donate ones that they don’t ever read or books that are below their level (do this for the youngest). For me, I️ donate ones that we never ever read, or that I read and didn’t like. -Tara
So what do you do when you’ve already donated the low-hanging fruit…
And you still have too many books for your space and can’t add any more bookshelves! (I’m literally going to put together another bookshelf after this post!)
Please don’t give up or cheat yourself out of going through your books thoroughly!
My family is currently living in a small house. We are homeschoolers, I’m a consultant for Usborne Books & More, and my husband is an author as well! That’s a lot of book love! I just don’t have space though for keeping all the books. This is how I’ve curated our extensive library.
Yes, I’m going to talk about it again. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was the push I needed to let go of books that didn’t fit the Konmari principle of “spark joy”. I donated several boxes of books and only regret letting go of one of the books!
(Note: I do regret getting rid of two book series prior to doing Konmari when I was trying a basic minimalism purge. Animorphs and the Jedi Apprentice Series. My children would have loved it if I had kept these! That’s why I love the Konmari Spark Joy concept more than classic essentialism. Were those books essential to keep? No. Did they spark joy? YES!! At least they went to a school teacher and are hopefully well loved.)
After trying out several purging methods, this is now my streamlined process of going through books:
Let us know how your book simplifying goes! We’re cheering you on!
Check out the main Refresh Your Fall Challenge post!