If you are like most people, you probably have a lot of books. Whether you’ve been through college, just love to read, or are obsessed with buying new cookbooks, books are great things to own (and they’re really hard to get rid of!). We understand not wanting to throw books away (after all, you can always re-read a book that you’ve already read, right?), but if books are starting to take over any room in your home, it might be a good idea to start working on some organization options for those paperbacks and hard copies.
Take a look at our book storage tips!
Everyone has a few books that they have never read, aren’t going to read, and probably don’t have much use for. This could be a few books that you had to purchase in school, but don’t really want hanging around, or it could be a book or two that you picked up at an airport but would never actually read. Either way, you can whittle away at that pile of books that you mean to read but never will. It will be hard to do, so start by looking at one title at a time. There’s a good chance that if you’ve never read that book, you probably won’t read it now.
If you’ve just lost track of a book that you meant to read (but have now found it), consider putting that book (and others you will want to read eventually) on a separate shelf. This way, when you’re looking for a new book to read you can simply head to that shelf to look for a book. If you see the same book a few times but have no real desire to read it, it’s probably safe to donate the book or give it to a friend.
Sometimes we want to keep all the books that we have, but we just don’t have the space for those books. If this is the case, the solution is simple enough. Go through your stack of books and figure out which ones you need to have readily available (cookbooks are a good example), and which ones can be packed away until a later time. You may eventually buy another bookshelf that can accommodate all of those other books, but you don’t need to keep them with you all the time right now.
Get some boxes and store those books in your home in the attic or basement, or rent a storage space to keep your books until you can place them on display once again. This way, you aren’t really getting rid of those beloved books, but you are putting them aside to make things look neater and cleaner until you can find a better storage solution.
Donate Some Books
If you have a friend that shares your read taste, why not send a few books to her? Or, you can bring your books to a local library. It might be hard to find a used bookstore that will take books, but you can always find somewhere to donate the books that you no longer read (homes for the elderly or for other people are also a good place to donate books). When you donate, you aren’t throwing your books away, and you’ll probably make someone else happy with a new book – what’s not to love about that?
The trick to decluttering that bookshelf is to pick the books that you do love and want to keep, get rid of the ones that you will never read or use, and put some books away until you can come up with a better storage solution. Try not to tackle a massive bookshelf project all at once, but pick through your books gradually in order to go through that stack with a level head. Even if it doesn’t happen all at once, you will eventually get to a place where you can showcase a few books but not let them fall out of that bookshelf!