Birthdays are a good time to purge things from the past. My youngest just turned nine, but she still had beginning reader books on her bookshelf. My decluttering project this week is… my daughter’s bookshelf.
1. Target a bookshelf
Pick a bookshelf. This bookshelf suffers from messiness and too many books.
2. Take everything off the bookshelf
<imagine empty bookshelf>
3. Clean the bookshelf
<imagine clean empty bookshelf>
4. Purge books
- Remove things that belong elsewhere
- Give-away pile: Make a pile of books that haven’t been read in years. Be honest. There’s no need to hold on to things that aren’t being used.
- Keep pile: Make a pile of books that may be read in the next six months.
In the end, I decided to let go of the books.
I don’t need to own these books in order to recall fond memories of reading them to my children. Classic children’s books will continue to exist in bookstores and libraries. Now that my children are older, I don’t need to fill my home with books for younger children.
5. Group alike items
Before putting books back on the shelf, group them by size and type (paperback and hardback).
6. Put books on the bookshelf
After purging 35 or so books:
Ah, much better.
Will the mess return? Maybe, but on a much smaller scale.
Because I removed 35 books, it’s not possible for the same mess to be recreated. There are less books, so there will be less mess. If the bookshelf gets messy, I can remove more books until the number of books is manageable. The fewer things my daughter has in her room, the more likely she’ll keep it tidy.
“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
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