My plan is to use each Wednesday to share my thoughts on decluttering using the Marie Kondo method. I’m following a free printable checklist found here. Decided to give myself one week per category. One week per subcategory when I get to the miscellaneous section.
First, I want to make sure I point out that I’m only focusing on my items. This isn’t a whole house, family all together project (yet).
Clothing was easy. Books not so much. And I broke the rules a bit. I have more books in the basement but I only focused on the books upstairs. While it would have been a great workout, I didn’t have the energy for a billion trips up and down the stairs.
Not very many books from upstairs. Might be a reason why I left downstairs alone though most of the downstairs books are kids and young adult books the boys and I read at the same time.
There’s a subcategory order to follow with the books: Cookbooks, general, kids, magazines, reference and textbooks, and phone books.
Confession #1: I kept every single one of my cookbooks during this stage! However, I did get rid of several loose magazine page recipes. I started to wonder if I’d keep all my books.
An entire box to donate!
Confession #2: Shortly after taking this picture, I went to library and borrowed more books!
Final Thoughts on Clearing Out My Books with the KonMari Method:
- Her main book question outside of the spark joy one is will you re-read it? I found it easy to focus on which books I might pick up and re-read (not many) versus which I loved whether I planned to re-read them or not.
- It’s hard to stick to the category. I took the cookbooks out of a super cluttered cabinet. I’m trying to “follow the rules” at least a little so I left it and only focused on the books.
- It helped me to think of donating away the books as making room for new knowledge.
- Letting go of books I thought I should keep to “look smart” (we’ve all done that haven’t we?) also helped.
- The books left (upstairs) are ones that truly make me smile when I see them.
- I’ve read about her arbitrary number of 30 books and do think that’s silly. Books are too personal for that.
Confession #3: I completely forgot to sort my magazines. Luckily, I keep up with my magazines so this wasn’t a huge thing. However, I did go ahead and go through the bin, removing several old and outdated travel guides I’d hoarded.
Have you ever cleared out books? Did you find it difficult?
The next item on the checklist is papers. Everywhere I glance I see paper. This one’s scary to me!