The Japanese method of de-cluttering suggests you start with books. I didn’t do that because I have so many books and such a strong attachment to them, that it would have been too difficult. Add to this, that my wife used to read two or three books a week. Thank goodness I bought her a Kindle a few years ago. It saved us from having to have an extension on the end of the house 😀
Still we do have a lot of books scattered all around the house. The study was filled up years ago with all my books :-
- Gardening Books for every season and every plant. Books by famous gardeners and about famous gardens. Horticultural books which offer a wealth of advice, but no way of controlling the weather. I have tried to learn from all of these in my small cottage garden. Now I can de-clutter at least half of these books by passing them on to the village gardening association.
- Then we have a host of art books that I have purchased at galleries and exhibitions I have visited in the UK and around the world. Lots of happy memories there. I could send some of them to my artist son in the hope that they might lead him to greater things.
- Next, we have travel guides and maps from everywhere we have visited. I love maps I can sit and study an OS map for ages. I doubt we will go to all those places again, there are still too many places we haven’t seen. So it is time to pass them on too.
- Oh and how can I forget my architecture books. I still have a great many, even after I let go of my books on really interesting subjects like drainage and manholes a few years ago, when the bookshelf fell down 😢
- Then my next career led me to buy a lot of management books.
There must be a better idea for what to do with all my spare books :-). Any inspiring ideas ?
There will be a copy of Walt Hopkins and George Simons’ book — “Seven Ways to Lighten Your Life Before You Kick the Bucket” — for the best ideas on de-cluttering.