Questions to ask yourself before putting them back on your shelf.
De-cluttering is so very important for creating a home that makes you feel good. Being surrounded by clutter brings you down. But being surrounded only by things that you actually use and love, feels truly amazing.
My recent de-cluttering task was going through my books. Books can be a tough one. They are, for some odd reason, something that is often considered completely normal to keep but not use. But the reality is that this makes them very likely to be a clutter problem.
Take a look at each one of your books. Ask yourself, and answer honestly, do you find this book to be a valuable tool that you reference regularly? With the endless amount of exciting new things you could choose to experience in your lifetime, are you actually going to dedicate hours of your precious time to reading it again? Does it have an extremely special meaning to you and make you light up whenever you see it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is clearly valuable to you, and by all means keep it and enjoy it. But if the answer is no, then it's not important enough to you to have a space in your home dedicated to keeping it. End the cycle of stashing it away to be ignored, & instead donate it to a library or thrift store, and give someone else who might thoroughly enjoy it a chance to read it.
The goal is to be able to step back & view the books you are keeping & be excited about every single one of them. After all, if they aren't making your life better, why would you want them in your home?
So tell me,...what specific thoughts and feelings come up for you when you go through your books? How many of them are you tempted to put back on the shelf because you are nervous to part with them, even through you know you'll probably never read them again? How many did you let go of, because you're ready to make your home a more stress free, happy place? Share your experience in the comments below.
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