How to Pare Down Your Books
Books are seriously one of the hardest things to part with! Even if you’ve only ever read it once, having your books within reach keeps you tied to the thoughts and feelings they evoked, to the far-off, magical adventures they took you on, to the breathtaking or heart-wrenching stories they told. We hold onto books that were passed down from a loved one, or purchased at a tiny bookshop in Cairo, or read during a particularly good or bad time of our lives. We also hold onto books that were gifts, or from your college days, or have been on your “to read” list for a long time. The reality is that books also create clutter, take up a lot of space, are hard to move, and collect an amazing amount of dust. Paring down your books doesn’t mean getting rid of all of them—it just means you’ll keep some of them. Our guide will help you get going!
Where are all your books?
- Are they all on a couple of bookshelves in the family room?
- Or do you have books in many places—your nightstand, your home office, the guest room?
- Do you have books in boxes that are stored in the garage, the basement, or a storage unit?
- Write down all the places where your books are kept, so you can go down the list and check each area off as you declutter it.