So it took me a long time to do, but I finally did it- I decluttered ALL my books. Following the KonMari method I gathered all my books together and put them all on one giant pile. And let me tell you that- That was a workout! I had books scattered all over my room and had to check everywhere for them. But I was able to get them all together in this giant pile. And as you can tell, I had a lot of books!
The First Pulls
I tried my hardest to follow the KonMari method of choosing books that only spark joy in me. Going with that method, I was able to make my first pile of keep books and to me, these were hands down the easiest books to decide to keep- My collection of Harry Potter books. These books will NEVER be leaving my collection because I love Harry Potter to this day and I always will. So keep be prepared for upcoming reviews of each book and also for my Harry Potter World posts after my birthday in August!
The Decluttered Pile
Overall this process took me about 2-2.5 hours to do and i found it super difficult to do near the end. With books I haven’t read before, I read the back of the book to see if I would find them interesting or not. With books I have read, I choose those based off the last time I read them. Using those two methods, I was able to declutter 81 books! And for any books I was unsure about or still wanted to read, I put them in a to-read pile (which Marie Kondo doesn’t recommend, but I don’t have as much time to read as I used to). my to-read pile (not pictured) has 56 books to it and most of them are series. So if I read the first book in the series and decide I don’t want to continue on, then I know I can get rid of the whole series.
What I’ve Kept
Sorry for the terrible quality of the picture, but I couldn’t get it right no matter how many times I took it. These are the books I’ve chosen to kept! It’s a mixture of old favorites and newer books that I’m still into. And for anyone notices and before you can ask- Yes, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy is missing from my shelf. I still love the books, I just need to repurchase them because the books didn’t all match and that bugs me. I will be doing the same thing with my Black Dagger Brotherhood books (shelf 3), replacing the softcover versions with hardcovers and the same thing Divergent and Insurgent because they’re softcover where the other two are hardcover. My goal once I move and have my own library office space is to make my bookshelves uniform and visually interesting. So this is what I’m working with for now, but it’s not permanent.
So there you have it, my book declutter! I’m incredibly proud of myself for getting it done and doing a good job on it. I’m sure as I go through my to-read pile the amount of books decluttered will go up. That’s actually my new goal to replace the writing group one- Work my way through my to-read list until it’s done. So stay posted for that update! Have a good weekend everyone!
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That’s exactly how I felt afterwards!
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