Because I like decluttering my house and I live with people who like to keep me busy by cluttering up the previously decluttered, I spend a lot of time reading about organizing. Lately a lot of people online have been talking about "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up". I was tempted to buy it but there is so much online about it, I don't feel like I really need to.
I followed along as people on You Tube purged their clothes. Easy - I do this on a regular basis anyway. I even went through my daughter's clothes (with her help, I didn't just get rid of her clothes on my own!). She was able to get rid of 75% of her pants! We condensed all her stuff from 2 closets down to one and emptied 2 dresser drawers.
Then everyone online started doing their make up and jewelry collections. I only have a couple pairs of earrings, 2 necklaces and one bracelet so that was unnecessary. I also have only one basket that holds all my make up but, for a laugh, I went through it and actually found some things to get rid of.
|Not sure why I was digging around these items everyday to get to the things I actually use.|
A couple weekends ago, I grabbed a bag and quickly looked through my books. I was shocked that I was able to relatively quickly and painlessly come up with 4 bags of books that I didn't think I'd ever look at again. Then I had my daughter go through her one bookcase and she came up with 4 more bags. Hers was a little easier because she is 18 but still had books in there for 3rd graders.
My husband is not a reader but when he saw what I was doing, he immediately protested. Turns out he likes having the books around, just to look at apparently! I promised him that the bookshelves would still look quite full and that I wasn't touching any of the old, hardback books in the family room.
Then the question was what to do with the books. We found a group called Better World Books. They resell what books they can and donate others to libraries, schools and hospitals. A portion of the money they raise goes to help various literacy programs. I did some research and felt pretty good about them so that is where our 8 bags of once loved but no longer needed books went.
So far it seems that I have survived although I do have an urge to buy more books!