My minimalism journey proceeded to books, where I continued following the KonMari method for downsizing. For books, KonMari offers a few words of advice:
- Only keep books that spark joy when you individually hold them your hands.
- Do not keep books just because you think that you’ll read them “one day”.
- Do not keep books if only to refer back to favorite quotes if you do not do so regularly.
I tallied the number of books and magazines that I owned (including my husband’s studying books – he’s still in school, so we need to keep those). I excluded religious books, many of which I inherited from my father. The reason why is because I’d like to figure out a respectful way of downsizing the extras.
I adore reading, and it was somewhat difficult to part with the (few) books that I set aside. Nonetheless, an almost 13% reduction was achieved! Here is the before and after of my small bookshelf, where most of my books are kept:
It was nice going through my books. The titles which sparked happy memories of reading and enjoying them were kept for future rereading.
It was also nice ridding my bookshelf of DIY and how-to books, which I’d been keeping “just in case”. As I realized going through these never-opened books, I refer to the internet first in any case, with it’s enriched images and videos. I got rid of many of these type of books.
I found it hard getting rid of a few old magazines which I had inherited from my father. I kept on telling myself that I would read them. However, seeing as it has been over a year since I’d acquired them, it seems unlikely this ambition would ever come to pass.
In my final week of downsizing, I’ll be tackling the “everything else” category, including linens, electronics and knick-knacks.