Bag 1: Books

How would you like to have 52 grocery bags worth of clutter gone from your house? You can do it.

Here's the first one. Set up a double-bagged grocery bag (it'll be heavy…) and head for the bookshelves. Fill the bag if you can with the following:

– reference, technical and travel guide books which are now out-of-date (Tip: if no
computer in your house is running that version of that software, you do
not need a book about it)

– books you haven't opened in 5 years and which you don't feel like reading within the next month

– books which you bought intending to read, but still haven't gotten to several years later and don't want to start this month

– books you didn't like

– books someone gave you that you don't want to read

– books for a hobby you no longer have

– cookbooks for foods you don't eat anymore

As you take books off the shelf make sure they don't have anything important tucked inside them and that if they're inscribed to you, the inscription and source don't have the emotional pull to make this worth keeping.

Remember: putting the books in the bag does not remove them from the universe. If you later decide you want to read one of them, odds are very good that the local library or used bookstore will have a copy. Maybe even this copy.

Now, what do you do with this bag once you fill it up? You can take it to a used bookstore that buys or trades books and possibly turn it into cash or books you actually want. If you're having a yard sale soon you could sell the books. Or you can just drop them (or at least the ones that didn't sell) off as a donation to the library or charity. Just get that bag out of your house. Bag number one, done.

Author: dinahsanders

Author. Discardian. Defender of life, liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. she/her

One thought on “Bag 1: Books”

  1. I’ve discovered this site some years ago and bookmarked it for possible later use. Now, yes, years later, I found myself with enough time to go through it and enjoy (hey, uncluttering your time can be tricky, using it comfortably even more so).
    Since it’s unusual for a good personal site to still be online a decade later, I’d like to take a couple of minutes and congratulate/thank you!
    The daily tips are a treasure~ Some of them sound straightforward (speaking for myself), some I realize I’d have struggled with in the past but now they sound straightforward, and several like this one are a-ha moments of tidying up.

    Like

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