30 Day Clutter Challenge- Day 3 Books/Magazines

How did the closet mission go for you? I’m pleased to say that I only had to get rid of a few t-shirts this time and one pair of pants that I hung onto in the last purge but realized I really do not wear. I feel like I might finally be getting into a groove with keeping my closet under control. We still have one more step to go in the closet, but I will save it for later in the challenge.

Today’s mission is very simple and fast (unless you have to dig under beds and through closets to find them). We are going through old books and magazines. These items can take up a lot of valuable space in your home. I realize that these items have a sentimental attachment for some people, but they take up a lot of space, and most people do not actually go back and read them again.

I don’t have any pictures to show you from my house on this one, because I got rid of my books and magazines the last time I did a purge. I realized at that time that I had saved stacks and stacks of magazines thinking that I would use one project or another. Do you know where I looked each time I wanted to come up with an idea for a project, though? Not my stack of magazine. Nope, I looked on Pinterest. So….. I saved the one magazine that had a collection of food gifts and their wrapping ideas and got rid of all the rest. All of them.

I also took a long, hard look at my books. This part was a little tougher because I really loved each of the books I had read and hung onto. I had to admit to myself, though, that I really was not going to go back and read any of the novels again. Some of you do that, and that is fine. Keep your books if you will truly go back and read them again. I am just not one of those people. Because of that, I donated my novels. I took several of them to the school, and I donated the others to the local library. They were thrilled to get them. There are a few that contain advice about saving money or decluttering, and since I refer back to them and do read sections over in them, I hung onto those. I placed them all in one location so that I could easily access them and I hung onto a couple of novels that I thought my girls would enjoy when they get older.

I have never had a large bookshelf that was full of books, so I was shocked at just how many books I had accumulated. It was nice to recover that space and know that the books would be enjoyed by others. It’s kind of like giving your beloved books a new life. They exist to be read and enjoyed, and giving them the opportunity to continue that “life” just seems like the right thing to do.

Happy decluttering!

   

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3 thoughts on “30 Day Clutter Challenge- Day 3 Books/Magazines

  1. I used to be addicted to magazines, especially gaming ones. Thankfully I managed to snap out of it. I realised that none of these magazines brought any value into my life. Now I buy one weekly magazine on a subject I love (politics) that I get immense joy from, and when I’m done reading it, I recycle it. Better then having them strode around the floor. great post btw. 🙂

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  2. I love decluttering but when it comes to books it’s so hard. How do you declutter in the area that is your passion, is my question? When more of it is the thing that adds so much joy simply because you have them. Definitely working through this and learning from the journey.

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    1. I completely agree that some areas are definitely harder than others. Look back at my earlier post The Life Changing Magic…of a Book for some tips! Since this one is a hard area for you, take baby steps for now and follow along with the rest of the missions in this series. You can come back to books a little later. Sometimes it just takes getting rid of a few things to get really excited and want to continue. It worked that way for me…the more I was able to let go, the more I wanted to let go. 🙂 Good luck to you, and thanks for following my blog!

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