It’s Time for Spring Cleaning – That Means Your Bookshelf Too! by Carlene Moore
Spring is upon us! The flowers are blooming, the winds are hinting at warmer days and the house is looking dirty. Yep, every year around this time we start noticing the untamed drawers, the dust layered shelves and the junk filled closets; hence the spring-cleaning phenomena. Often when we spring clean, we’re tempted to ignore seemingly organized areas, such as our bookshelves, but really, when’s the last time that you went through your collection? If you’re like me and it’s been a while, be sure to follow this guide to cleaning out your books…
- Old friends that you’ll re-read again and again, whose pages are so worn that your fingerprints are almost visible.
- Sentimental childhood/young adult favorites that you want to pass down to your children.
- Signed books, whether it’s by the author or your grandfather, which mean something to you.
- Books that you or your housemates haven’t read yet and intend to.
- Classics and/or collector’s items.
- Reference books – at this point, I would guess that you’re looking up correct grammar online versus paging through a book. It’s time to donate books that supply answers that the Internet can provide 10 times faster.
- Books that you want to pass on to a specific friend or family member. Group these in one area and set a goal to pass them all on by end of month; with USPS flat rate shipping, it’s really not that expensive anymore.
- Books that you keep meaning to read but that you know you never will; a lot of gifts may fall into this pile.
- Guide books to wedding planning (when you got married three years ago), test taking (when you’ve already completed business school), travel destinations (that you went to last spring break), etc.
- Books that you’ve already read that just weren’t great. If it didn’t wow you, it doesn’t deserve space on your shelf.
- Remember reading the Odyssey in high school and scribbling all sorts of profound thoughts into the columns? Yea, even if you want to reread that book, you’d probably want to do it without the notations and “I love [insert high school boyfriend’s name]” doodles.
- Books that have seen better days. Maybe your dog chewed the cover, and half of a corner, off of it or maybe your kids colored all over pages 321-399; whatever it is, if it’s desecrated, it’s time to let it go.
- Outdated books. Believe it or not, most people won’t want to read your Guide to Australia book from 1992. I’m guessing that a bit has changed since then. So feel free to recycle that guilt-free.
- Anything that the donation site that you went to rejected.
Share your spring cleaning tips for bookworms in the comments!
Wantrepreneur, wife, adventurer, blogger, wine drinker, avid traveler…in no particular order. Carlene Moore is a Midwestern brain with a California soul. Follow her on Twitter @EverMooreMilest and read her blog here.
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