The biggest part of my recent uncluttering project was gaining control of, and undoing the damage from, my impulsive book buying habit. Over the years, I had acquired somewhere near 850 books, mostly stored away in boxes and bins throughout my apartment.
Much of the book clutter I’d accumulated consisted of outdated technical references and one-reads that I’d likely never pick up again. As such, these books were doing nothing more than taking up space, and adding unnecessary clutter to my life.
This post over at Zen Habits offers a set of tips and tools for getting rid of old books, and cutting back on the expense of buying new ones. I used several of these tools to eliminate nearly three quarters of my book clutter!
The most important tool mentioned, of course, is a library card. Once you get over the compulsive need to own every book you’ve read, it’s quite liberating to have only those books that you’re currently reading. You’ll suddenly find yourself with more money in your pocket, less clutter in your life, and you may even notice that you read more frequently, because the books you’ve borrowed must soon be returned.