When I think of my family home I can vividly remember that the first thing every one noticed were the books, loads of them. Never ending shelves with books wall to wall covered the whole living room and my bedroom. I loved that we had over a thousand books and our home library was still growing!
However, as a young adult and teenager I was moving from place to place, had less time to read, and often had to pack in two suitcases to start a life elsewhere. Unfortunately I had to leave many of my books behind. Although when I settled down for longer periods of time my collection started to grow again, yet I felt that the precious space in a studio flat is being cluttered by books that I do not want to return to. If someone would look at my bookshelves at the time and try to figure out who actually lives here it would be a challenge. I had all kind of books that I loved and even more of them that I bought because they were on sale.
How did I declutter my bookshelves?
I removed all of the books and placed them in the middle of a room to discover how dusty they had become! Have a cloth ready to finally and properly dust all of the shelves if you have not done it for a while.
This step is easy. Put aside all books you do not ever wish to read or already have read, and do not want to return to them back to the pile. This is also the time to remove old books that were useful at school but after many years are no longer up to date. Say goodbye to your old notes too if you have not use them in past months.
On this stage you should have in front of you books that you read, want to keep just because maybe one day you will read it, or is a book you have a sentimental attachment for you. As for the first one category keep them, but the next time you want to buy a book check to see if your library already has a copy. Books that 'maybe will be one lucky day read' will probably not be if they are on your bookshelf for over a year. I suggest saying goodbye to them. If you really want to keep a book from your childhood I suggest selecting one or a maximum of three of your favourite ones. Do you really feel sentimentally about the first Harlequin that you have stolen from your mum and read at night under a duvet?
It is optional and for a long time I really disliked the idea of it. However, now I love it. Go digital and invest in an ebook reader. The truth is that not every novel you read is worth the personal space that it consumes. Be aware of electronic clutter!
If you love books collect the one you really love, the one that touched you the most. Remove those who were bought simply because at the time they were a bestseller and deep down you know that they are not your cup of tea.
What would your bookshelf tell about you as a person?