Purging Book Clutter

Last week I moved house. Dur­ing the move I took stock of my belong­ings in my ongo­ing battle with clut­ter and dis­covered that more than half of my boxes con­tained book­s… and that’s after I gave a box or two of books to a good home a month before!

The emo­tion­al attache­ment that is made with a good book is strong, and it is this that is caus­ing me to hoard them. Advice for clear­ing lit­er­ary clut­ter, an Ask Meta­Fil­ter thread, may be the start­ing point of a new purge.

De-clut­ter­ing involves recog­niz­ing that regret is part of life, and being OK with that. Yes, I’ve giv­en away books that I now often wish I still owned. But I’ve also screwed up rela­tion­ships, made iffy career choices, etc. — you suck it up and move on. If you try to cling to every single thing (mater­i­al, spir­itu­al, or emo­tion­al) that you might need one day in the totally hypo­thet­ic­al future, you’re going to end up bogged down in a lot of stuff.

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  1. Stephanie Bennett Vo

    Not to add more lit­er­al, “literary” clut­ter to the moun­tain of books you already have, you may be inter­ested in my book which was pub­lished recently called “Your Spa­cious Self: Clear Your Clut­ter and Dis­cov­er Who You Are”. Ten years in the mak­ing (the amount of time it took for me to pro­cess my own slip­pery rela­tion­ship with clut­ter, and dis­cov­er why most well-inten­tioned clear­ing prac­tices don’t last), this award-win­ning book shows that clear­ing does not have to be one of “suck it up and move on.” It’s not about the stuff (or books in this case), but the “holding on” that needs our love and atten­tion. The unique “go slow to go fast” mod­el of clear­ing teaches that clear­ing one thing mind­fully, or “put­ting away every day” (even just one paper clip), pro­motes well being and last­ing change. You can learn more (read excerpts, testi­mo­ni­als, etc.) by vis­it­ing my Web site: http://www.spaceclear.com/. I hope this helps. Happy clear­ing! Stephanie Ben­nett Vogt

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