Many hours later, I have finished decluttering my bookshelves. It took me an entire day to go through all the books I have in our Library/Office/Schoolroom to see what I wanted to sell or give to the thrift store.
I’m 150 books less!
Yes, I was able to purge 150 books. It felt so freeing to let books that I was no longer interested in using, reading or having around find a new home!
I believe in having a good library especially if you are a homeschooling family. I’m very picky about what my kids read when they are younger. There is too much twaddle available and I prefer them to read books that will challenge them as well as promote worthy values and virtues. Sometimes these are very hard to find and so I prefer to own them. When they are worthy books that are well written, children will read them multiple times. They are timeless.
But if you are hanging on to books just because you are a bibliophile and not because you actually read them, reference them or refer to them now and again, it’s probably time to consider letting go.
We can only put in our homes so many possessions and that’s it. At some point it starts to become clutter and not objects of usefulness or beauty.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” –William Morris
And that is something that is becoming so important to me because the problem is not needing a bigger house, it’s letting go of things. And with that mindset that’s how I tackled our library bookshelves.
Here were the steps I took to organize the bookshelves.
First, I went through the bookshelf and removed the ones I wanted to send to a new home. There were stacks and stacks!
Then I removed the books from several of the shelves and placed them on the floor. Before I began I had an idea of the books I wanted to shift to another shelf, so that is where I started.
I then did some much needed dusting of the shelves!
And then I would work on a few more shelves until it was conquered!
I’m telling the truth when I say it took me all day. If you’re not the type to love decluttering and organizing I would suggest you only spend an allotted portion of time before you call it quits. You don’t want to get burned out too early in the game!
Don’t be hard on yourself if it’s not all finished in a day or week. Work at a pace that you can sustain and you will finish and each time you go to town, I would recommend taking the books you want to gift to someone else to the thrift store. Don’t tempt yourself too much. 🙂
I look at my shelves now and the counter and the cleared spaces just make me feel lighter. Literally, 150 books lighter.
For all of you who love before and after photos here they are!