Four Steps Towards Downsizing and Keeping Only The Books That Speak To Your Soul

On those dark and dreary rainy or snowy days, there’s nothing better than curling up on the couch with a great book that transports us away to exciting and magical places. Isn’t it ironic that over time these same novels turn against us and become daunting towers of clutter from which we wish we could escape? boccaccioravello

New York Times bestselling author and professional organizer Julie Morgenstern summed it up best with this quote: “Save space on your shelves for the books that speak to your soul.” The following four steps will help you to pare down and discover which books speak to your soul and have earned a spot on that special shelf.

1. Begin by gathering all your books into one place. You never know how many books you truly have until you actually are faced with this pile. Books are so easily misplaced, you’ll spend days stumbling upon novels you thought forever lost. coloradoskihome

2. Quickly bring your pile down by eliminating these no-brainer books: outdated travel books, computer program manuals, school text books, “how-to” books for completed projects, books that no longer pertain to your career or job and, finally, untouched cookbooks (if you only need a few recipes from each cookbook, photocopy or tear out the recipe and place it in a binder). Beginning by clusters and categorizing them instantly will dwindle down this massive pile.

3. Now, it’s time to sort through the more difficult titles. Pick up one book at a time and ask yourself the following important questions:


  • Is this book still worthy of taking up space in my home?
  • What is the worst that can happen if I eliminated this book from my home?
  • Can I find this book in the library?
  • Does this book compliment the life I live today?
  • Is there a friend or family member who could benefit from this book?
  • Will I ever read this book again? Be honest.
  • Do you honor and give the book the respect it deserves, or has it been placed away in a musty basement or sweltering attic? Do these books a great honor by donating them to someone who will appreciate and care for them.


4. I know, once I have completed reading the latest novel by one of my favorite authors, James Rollins, which I probably won’t read it again anytime soon. I love to donate them to someone else who will appreciate his work as much as I do. Donate your unwanted books to your local library, schools, hospitals, organizations or senior centers or sell them for credit at a used bookstore. For more info please visit these sites :-


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