For me the biggest challenge when it comes to Minimalism was always going to be Books. I am a Book lover to the core! I read around 2-3 books a month on an average, so you can imagine the amount of books I must have accumulated. Some books, I’d get on read & return basis. But if I did enjoy the book a lot, I’d end up buying it & adding it to my collection.
I am somebody who prefers tackling the hardest tasks before the easy ones. So when it came to Minimalism, I started with Books! Marie Kondo in her Book, ‘Life Changing Magic of tidying Up” suggested that we should handle it all at once. But come on. It hard enough to give up things you really love. So I am going to say, don’t do anything drastic.
I have around 5 bookshelf’s in my house filled with books. In the first round I checked out all 5 bookshelf’s & took those books out that did not give me joy & I knew I was never going to read again & put it away in my give away pile & gave them away.
Another method I used when it came to selecting books to give away was, will I find a kindle version of the Book, should I ever wish to read the book again in the future. ( I have stopped getting Paper copies of Books, since I got myself a Kindle & get my e-books from Amazon now.)
I would repeat the same process once every week. I did not want to be in a hurry to give things away & wanted to take my own time, so that by the end of the process, I do not end up remorseful.
I am happy to report that I am down from 5 book shelf’s to about 2 book shelf’s of books. ( I am a Lawyer, & I do need a lot of reference books so can’t get rid of them, that limits my giving away )
Because I went about this process slowly, giving away a few books at a time, I could actually do it. I might get down to further reducing the Books I own eventually. This is just the start of things.
The reason I went with giving away of books in installments is that, If I were to give away my books all at once, well that would never happen. I’d probably have a breakdown or something & put all the books back. When you love something its going to be hard to part with it. And for me, Books are the only things I have free hand with when it comes to spending my money.
So my suggestion to you is, Take your time.
Somehow its the first give away that’s hard. It gets better the second time onward’s.
Another thing, ‘There is No Minimalism Police‘ which keeps a track of exactly how much is Minimalist enough. We can all have our own version of Minimalism.
Minimalism should basically be about keeping just about enough things. Things that you value. Keeping only the things that give you joy or have a utility value for you. You have a choice.
Do share with me in the comments section, how you guys tackle de-cluttering & Giving away things! Can’t wait to hear from you!