Books are my biggest weakness when it comes to living minimally. I love books, and I love holding onto and re-reading books. Certain books I have I've read 5 times cover to cover. Others I reference constantly. Still others I've been carrying around for years waiting for the perfect time to read (or re-read them). Over the past couple years I've made real progress limiting the amount of books in the house, mostly by cutting back on how many I buy, and making better use of the library. 2018 is also the year to begin purging!
De-Clutter your home and mind challenge Day 2-Day 9:
Find a book on your bookshelf that meets any one of these criteria:
Donate your book to a local library, give it as a gift to a friend you think would like it, bring it to a second hand book store. Don't worry! If you need that book at a later date it will come to you!
Day 2: Duplicate copy of a book I love
I love this book. It is a wonderful, heartfelt story. Easy to read and you love the characters. On top of that I have such warm memories of reading this to my oldest in the time leading up to him starting kindergarten (he was so nervous). I also read to each of my other kids when they were starting school. I plan on saving it and reading it to my grandchildren (I told you books were my weakness).
Lucky for me, turns out I had 2 copies of this book. So one has to GO! I will donate it to the local library. Added bonus: The library holds an annual book sale with all donated books to raise funds for programming. Also, another family will get to experience and love this book.
Day 2 - Day 8: Books we haven't read in years
Each child got to pick one book from their room they no longer wanted. Plus a bonus one no one would admit to knowing. Here's where you get to learn the kid's nick-names (as per me).
The Lawyer (aka our oldest): Cottage Games Book. I have to admit there is some neat stuff in there, I was sad to see it go.
Mr. Money (aka #2): Let's Go. Full disclosure, this one was actually sneaked out of his room. Unless
he is getting paid somehow, getting rid of anything is hard for this one. He will
never notice it is gone however :)
The Nurse (aka middle child): My Splendidly Silver. I remember she bought this book at a book fair
when she was 3 years old, not even in school. She is now 7. Hasn't looked
at this that I've seen in years.
Ms. Sensitive (aka #4): Baby Animals. This one was hard for me as well. I loved this book. My
oldest and I used to look at it almost daily back when it was just the two of us.
But... can't keep them all.
Handsome (aka the baby): Glasses for DW. Cute book for kids in the sight reading stage. No real
sentimental attachment though - so that one was easier.
Day 9: A book I've never got around to reading
One question... How can a book about simplifying your life be 858 pages long?!?
This book has been sitting on my shelf for at least 10 years. The problem with people who need to simplify their life is that they don't have time to read a long book about how to do so. The book could have just said "Breathe Deeply" and that may have been more effective.
I'm not trying to knock this book. I actually flipped through it quickly before putting it in the "to go" box, and it seems like there is a lot of wise and helpful tips in there. It would be a great book to have around and just flip to a random page every now and again to find some inspiration.
We have literally over 200 books in this house for sure, perhaps even 300. So expecting all the bookshelves to be clean and tidy after getting rid of 8 books is a bit much to ask. Keeping with the de-cluttering them, I did organize one while at it today.
Cindy Stewart is a mom of 5, wife, daughter and owner of Sunbeam Yoga. She is an RYT and has a passion for sharing yoga with children.