Today I’m going to share with you how one book helped me declutter my entire book collection. Sounds strange? Bear with me! As you know, last month I received ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo and in it, she discusses how to declutter every aspect of your home including a whole section dedicated to books. I have been doing really well with my minimalistic journey so far but downsizing my book collection was always going to be my most difficult challenge.
Those that know me, know that I am an avid reader and writer. I love collecting books, storing them on my bookcase…and never looking at them again! On Sunday the 12th June, I went back home with Marie Kondo’s book in hand and faced my large bookcase filled with novels eager but anxious to let go…
The first thing I took from her guide was that ‘sometimes’ more often than not means ‘never.’ We keep books intending to use them or read them again but that time never seems to come. It is very rare that we have books we keep coming back to. A lot of the time, they just sit on our bookcases gathering dust and a lot remain unread.
SO HOW DO WE BEGIN TO LET GO?
Well firstly, Marie advises to take every single book you own whether it’s on a shelf, next to your bed or on tables and lie them all on the floor. You cannot begin the discarding process until everything is laid out before you. You are then instructed to handle your books one by one and ask yourself the golden question: ‘does this spark joy?’ You need to dig deep, be brutally honest and ask yourself if this book makes you truly happy and would it actually hurt to part with it. If the answer is no, donate it to a happy home where it will be loved and cherished.
Mum & I laid all of my books out on the floor and for the first time I really acknowledged the works of literature before me. It was amazing how quickly I felt that connection of joy between certain books and how I felt nothing when looking over others. I was truly impressed and happy with the amount of books I let go of and I can honestly affirm the ones that remained truly do spark joy!
Marie Kondo discusses building your own personal ‘Book Hall of Fame’ which is filled with books that bring you the utmost joy, contentment and inspiration. When I looked at my bookcase post the decluttering process, I saw all of the best novels I couldn’t bear to part with and suddenly…I appreciated everything so so much more. This is the beauty of minimising your life…
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