Books enrich our lives. We acquire them at different points of our lives for different purpose. After many years, you realise your book shelf is loaded with lots books and you didn’t know what to do with it. Recipes, self help, fiction, or even your school text books. You know its time to declutter when it gets out of hand.
“Imagine what it would be like to have a bookshelf filled only with books that you really love. Isn’t that image spellbinding? For someone who loves books, what greater happiness could there be?” Marie Kondo
- The first step you take is to first sort items by category not rooms.
“It’s going to be labour-intensive and time-consuming, but you need to take all the books down and put them on the floor. Take them down and spread them in one area. Physically pick each book up, one by one. If the book inspires you, keep it. If not, it goes out. That’s the standard by which you decide.” Marie Kondo
You can sort them into categories like this :
- General – books you read for pleasure
- Practical – references, cookbooks, etc.
- Visual – photograph collections, etc.
- Build a Book Hall of Fame.
The Rule of the thumb is to make sure you follow “Tough don’t read rule”
Although it’s a book, you do not flip the books. All you need to do is to pick them one by one and see if you still remember the contents and figuring out which one sparked joy and what didn’t
By building a “Book Hall of Fame”— you keep only the books that spark joy.
- Sorting Papers
Papers has to be sorted in categories as well.
These are some categories to sort into.
- Currently in use
- Going to need it for a limited period of time (like warranties)
- Must be kept indefinitely
For inboxes, she says that there are only two categories that you should follow:
- Papers to be saved
- Papers that need to be dealt with (should always be empty by the end of the day!)
After an entire session of decluttering, what if everything still sparks joy?
Than you need an additional store room elsewhere. 😊
Remember this, the more you declutter, the more living space you own and the happier you are!
“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” Marie Kondo
There is minimum commitment period, typically can be as low as one month. This means you can end your lease any time and change your decision to deal with it again next time.
Moreover, you only pay your rental fee and no security deposit is needed to tie you down.
Next step, are you ready to kick start your books and papers decluttering journey?