About 6 months ago I began to purge some of my books. It was honestly a bit painful but I did it and thought I could move on. But then, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up*and my perspective changed. After seeing the success that I had with decluttering my clothing and finally once again having a clean bedroom (going on 3 weeks now and still no lapse in the tidiness) I was convinced to go through the same process with my books. I started with my massive cookbook collection. I piled all of the books from my kitchen (hidden in cabinets, on shelves and in drawers) and put them all in a pile on the kitchen floor. I not only looked at each book but I held each book. If it did not spark joy, I placed it in to a box to donate to my local thrift store. Once I finished going through my cookbooks I headed to my family room/craft room. That is where the majority of my books are most held on a simple bookshelf my father built for me when I first bought my house and then in two tower bookshelves that hold my craft books and school books for my boys.
I once again went through the process of gathering them all together. Not simply looking at and pulling books off the shelf that I wanted to get rid of but actually holding each and every book and then deciding which to get rid of. I realized how many of the books I bought I had never read. If I had not read them, they were probably in all likelihood never going to be read and so I wanted to donate those so they could perhaps provide the knowledge another was looking for. Many of the books I still loved but knew I would never read again so why let them clutter my home and my life.
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