Mar 6, 2019

Bye Bye Books

The decluttering has continued here with the next category. For now we are following the Konmari method categories. After finishing with all clothing in January, it was time to move on to the next category: books.


I knew this catergory was going to be a chore. I also knew that this category was going to cause some disagreements between Rob and myself. Although I am the big reader in the house, he kept all his college textbooks and even though he has never referenced them, he has kept them all and wanted to keep them all. I, however, found that pointless and a waste of space and wanted them gone. Clearly we didn't see eye-to-eye.

Rob's textbooks took up two moving boxes downstairs. In addition to those two textbook boxes, I had four boxes worth downstairs. We also have two bookcases in our bedroom and each of the kids have their own bookcases in their rooms.

I technically started with the kids' books but that was pretty easy. For the most part we kept everything since they are all at different ages and we are reading all variety of books. I threw away a few that had been a bit more destroyed, and I got rid of a couple duplicates we had plus just a very small handful of others that I either didn't like or we have never read with any of them.

I decided the next place to go was to the boxes downstairs. At first I decided that I would just go through the boxes downstairs but this has been a cold winter and it was just plain cold down there, so ultimately I carried the six boxes upstairs so I could go through them in the comfort of the main floor.


The point of Konmari is to get things out of the house, but we knew we had a lot of books that were going to be leaving the house so we decided that instead of just getting rid of them right off the bat we were going to actually try selling them online first. We decided to give the regular books six months and the textbooks one year. Whatever didn't sell in that time we would either take to Half Price Books to see about selling them there, take them to a library or just to Goodwill where we normally donate everything. For the things we decided to keep from those boxes, we would either find room on the bookcases in our bedroom or have a small one downstairs in the basement to actually put them out. It was pointless to keep books that were just kept in boxes.

Rob went through his two boxes first and after me pushing for them to all go, he was able to agree to get rid of about half of what he had packed up. I would take the compromise at this point. The four boxes that were left were all my boxes and it wasn't so hard for me to part ways with those. The books I had packed were books that I had either had listed online to sell at one point or was good with parting with because I knew I wouldn't be reading them again.

So I started going through the books left. I listed them online, wrote down the title in my notebook with what box they were in and neatly packed them away. I found a couple I wasn't sure I was ready to part with just yet so I put them downstairs but in the end I packed away four boxes to go back to the basement.




The process of just going through those boxes took me about a week, but that's life with having an infant. Nothing is easy or quick. But I got through them and they were ready to live out their next six months in the basement before they left forever.

After finishing with those boxes, we finished going through the books on our bookcases in our room. Both Rob and I were able to clean off about one shelf worth on each bookcase which gave us the room to put the few addition books we were keeping back out again.

The nice part was that almost immediately we had a couple books sell which gave us some hope that we would be able to get sell some of our books after all. But I wasn't completely done with the books section yet.

We had no phone books so that was easy. The next was going through magazines. I had an end table in the living room with a pile of magazines. I quickly sorted through those and recycled more than half easily. As for cookbooks, I didn't get rid of any. I'm in a meal planning crisis so I didn't want to get rid of any of them until that was settled. I haven't been using any of them in awhile but that doesn't mean it's not going to change once I get past the meal planning crisis.

And with that I finished. The books weren't exactly out of the house but we had a planned and we were good with that. It felt good to have all the books cleaned and organized and sorted. It will definitely feel even better in six months when the books are all gone and that's four less books we have around the house.

So there you have it. It's now time to move on to the next category which is paper. I'm really excited about going through all the paper and getting it all organized actually. So be on the lookout for that in another month or so!

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