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5 Benefits of Cleaning Out Your Books

5 Benefits of Cleaning Out Your Books

I love a good book. As a kid I read all the books I could get my hands on. Nowadays, I don’t have quite as much time to devote to books as I’d like to.  Over this break I went through and cleared out my shelves of a few books I felt I could part with. Here are 5 benefits I found when clearing out my bookshelves.

  1. Make money: I was able to sell my books at a local second hand bookstore. I just walk in and let them look through all my books and they give me a price. They take all my books and any they don’t think they can sell go to charity. 
  2. Remove space on shelves: I know my shelves can get pretty cluttered with lots of kickbacks and books jammed in at weird angles, but with a few less books, your shelves will look cleaner and give your more treasured books a chance to shine! 
  3. Less cleaning: without the books you really love, it leaves your shelves with only the books you truly love. Those books then, are the only ones you have to move around when dusting off your shelves. Who doesn’t love less time cleaning?! 
  4. Less anxiety: Sometimes it feels like all the to-be-read books are staring us down and make us feel bad for not spending all our time reading. I finally gave up and just got rid of books I thought I might read someday or I should get around to eventually. Without that stack of okayish books that I was going to get around to in my life, I don’t feel guilty walking into my room and sitting next to my bookshelves.
  5. More time for the GOOD books: without all the maybe-I-should-read books in my life, I have more time to devote to the definitely-read pile.  I had free books and gift books others had given me, but now I don’t have to worry about those books, and can focus more on the books I actually want to read. 

Some people LOVE having lots of books, and it brings them joy. I’m not saying everyone has to throw out all their books, but going through and picking out some old ones might help. I was able to sell books I either read and don’t want to read again, or just books I never really want to read anyways. 

Minimalizing to only the things I love brings me joy- what brings you joy? 



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