Last year, Erin wrote about using a cardboard box as a holding place for things you’re debating whether to part with or keep. Twice a year, you can go through the box and get rid of all of the things you never accessed. The box is great for keeping things out of sight, but not out of reach if you end up needing something inside the box.
Recently, Trent at The Simple Dollar blog took this idea a step further and suggested creating a “books to read” box. The idea is the same as mentioned above, but just for books. I really liked this idea and decided to implement it myself.
In preparing for my upcoming move to a smaller apartment, I evaluated all of the books on my shelves. I first divided them into piles based on the type of book, then went through each pile to determine which were trusted favorites, books I haven’t yet read, and which could be sold. Among the keepers were books I frequently reference and books I really enjoyed and would like to read again, and these will go directly onto the bookshelf when we get to the new place. But, there were still a bunch of books I haven’t read yet that I really want to tackle.
This is where Trent’s “books to read” box comes into the picture. When I move to the new place, I can put these books in a box in the closet until a future, specified date. When the date arrives, I can rotate the items in the box with a few of my favorites sitting on the bookshelf or get rid of books I have come to realize I won’t ever read. Having the newer books will be like a little present to myself!