You don’t have to get rid of all your books

After decluttering your clothing category, the KonMari Method of tidying suggests that you focus on all of the books in your home

From our experience, books can be a sensitive topic to discuss. The attachment that we each have to our books is strong and it can be challenging to let them go.

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We have found the following KonMari Method tips helpful to remember when you are ready to tackle your book collection.

If your books aren’t going anywhere, consider referring back to this article at another time. For this category you need to feel ready.

  1. Gather all of your books together in one place. Yes, that means bringing them down from bookshelves and out of boxes. Bringing them out into your home will help them “wake up”.
  2. Depending on the size of your personal collection, you may decide to divide your books into categories. This will allow you to do a joy check for each category. You might find that your books fall into the following categories: fiction, non-fiction, practical, technical, and magazines.
  3. Take each book in your hands and ask yourself if it sparks joy. “Does it give you a thrill of pleasure when you touch it?” (Marie Kondo) During this step it’s important NOT to begin to read each book as you hold it. Reading might interrupt the joy check and cause you to focus on if you may need the book in the future rather then how it makes you feel as an item in your house.
  4. Don’t fall into the trap of telling yourself that you might read a book or study a topic some day. Books come into our lives at a particular time for a particular reason and if you missed that opportunity now is the time to say good-bye.
  5. Living a joyful life will be easier if you surround yourself with books that have titles and words that empower you. Having these types of books around may even make it possible for you to create positive life changes.
  6. Your books want to be touched, read and showcased. Your collection should reflect who you are today and your hopes for the future. Imagine looking at your collection of books all together and knowing that you love them all.

So how many books should you have? You can have as many as you like.

Let us know what your favourite book is and how it has affected your life.

“The moment you first encounter a particular book is the right time to read it.” (Marie Kondo)

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