Yesterday I mentioned I was going to start a new 21 day declutter challenge, to kick start another declutter year. Guess what.. that makes this day ONE 🙂
And what better to start, but with the most difficult thing in the world to declutter… books!
Hold on.. did you say books?
Yepp.. your heard right.. I’m starting with books.
You have most likely all heard about KonMari and how you should keep only the things that brings you JOY!
Well.. if I’m am going to follow KonMari on this, I will be in big trouble, as ALL my books brings me joy. So I figured I will have to go about it differently.
LET’S BACKTRACK A LITTLE
Back in 2014, I started reading myself through my bookshelves, and called it my “Read a book program“. The idea was to read one of my books, grade it, and depending on the grade it got, either keep it or get rid of it.
When I started my “read a book program” I would sort the books into the following categories:
Books I love
Only books I love are keepers and deserve a place in my bookshelves. These are the ones that I will read over and over again, or they are part of a special collection, they have sentimental value, are an absolute keep for reference/work/hobby reasons or I just absolutely have to keep for one reason or another.
Books I like
Books I like, but which are not quite in the “I love” category, gets donated/tossed or sold. I did/do however check if they can be bought as Kindle e-books first.
Books that didn’t excite me
Out the door – either as donate/toss or sell.
HOW DID THIS GO?
I did really good during 2014 and 2015, getting rid of quite a few books (about 1/3 of my collection). 2016 however, I hardly read a book 😦
So I really think it’s time to start up my “Read a book program” again.
I have an overall goal when comes to my books.
My goal (sometime into the future) is to have most of my books as e-books (kindles)
There are two reasons for this,
1. My books will use less space in the house
2. It will be easy to bring my books with me when I travel the world (which is another dream of mine)
BACK TO DAY ONE AGAIN
To kick start the whole BOOK thing, I figured an initial run through my books might be a good idea. I’ve just taken a serious look at them, and lo and behold.. I DID find a few that I’m quite sure I wont be reading again anytime soon (if ever) 😉 I checked, and they are all on kindle, so here we are..
One run through my bookshelves = 22 books leaving the house
Since I’m picking up on my reading program again, with the intention of “emptying my shelves”, I’m sure you will see a few more books leaving this house in 2017 (at least I hope so).
I will keep some of my absolute LOVES (and some that I like and can’t get as e-books, yep, I have a few of those too), and in general follow my old rules.
What I do for all the books I handle is; I write down the title and author, the grade I have given them, can they be bought as kindle books? I do this regardless of if they are loved, liked or discarded. I’m thinking it will help me get rid of more books, and the grades will tell me if they are worth getting as kindles later.
Also, this time I will try to be a bit more ruthless than I have been in the past. Hopefully this will help me reach my 2017 goal, of 100 books out-the-door!
I know this is not a lot of books, but I told you the books brings me JOY, right? And since I have culled my bookshelves several times before (I mean.. seriously culled them over and over and over again), my bookshelves consists of pretty much only books that I love/like!
For now though – as a start – and on day one – 22 books out-the-door 🙂
Happy new year!
It’s a new year, the partying is over and it’s time to start on the every day stuff again 😉
I’m so impressed with all the bloggers out there who has it all together, pumping out one post after another about their 2015 reviews, lessons learned, experiences they’ve had and goals they passed with flying colours. And not to forget, posts about their 2016 goals and plans. And they did it all in the days just around new years!
Me! Yes, I have plans for reviewing 2015 and setting goals for 2016… but I have not had my
shit, ops, sorry, act together enough to actually get these things down and out on my blog. It will come, I promise, but it will take me a few days before I’m all sorted
I have a few posts, rattling around in my head… Have I started on any of them? Well, no, and therein lies my problem… I need to get myself organized!
Since I’ve been such a slacker, unlike my blogging friends, these posts will be showing up, slowly but surely.
And while you are waiting for me 😉
Why not check out Elvis, as he does Slowly but surely much, much better than me 🙂
In 2009, after having lived in the US for two years, I came home with enough stuff to fill up a entire house (after having furnished an empty condo in Houston), and I already had a house full. Since then I have slowly but surely gotten rid of stuff, and I’ve dwindled it down to one household again. But as good as I had been at it, I felt that there was still more that could go out of the house. Which is why I decided a year ago that I would make 2014 a year to declutter and living with less.
And to be accountable – I started this blog 🙂
I decided my main goal, would be to get rid of an average of at least one item a day, all through 2014 – yepp, 365 items!
I also made a second goal, a promise in my post I want. I want – I want it now!!! – to make an effort to buy only necessities, needs rather than wants.
Have I managed what I set out to do? The short answer – YES!
So here it is – my MAIN goal;
2014 tally of items out-the-door – 634 items, 2200 bookmarks and 14485 emails 🙂
Curious about what items I shed? Check it out;
- January tally – 63 items
- February tally – 45 items, 2200 bookmarks and 2450 emails
- March tally – 12 items and 7535 emails
- April tally – 58 items and about 4500 emails
- May tally – 126 items
- June tally – 22 items
- July tally – 22 items
- August tally – 45 items
- September tally – 103 items
- October tally – 7 items
- November tally – 23 items
- December tally – 108 items
My second goal – only buying necessities;
I did better on this during 2014 than I did in 2013 (which was the first time I tried this). I replaced broken items, only if I had too. I used up before replacing or even did not replaced at all.
I did really good at not buying anything but necessities, until my trip to US in September, when I ended up buying some clothing I didn’t really strictly “need”. I do however have an excuse as my luggage was lost for several days, and I got sick of walking around in oversized men’s clothing that I had borrowed. So I caved and bought some ladies things 😉 And it’s not like the clothing won’t come in handy, when I wear out my older stuff…
Other than that, as far as I know, there are only a few other items I got, that were strictly not a necessity. 1 small box set I thought was really cute, that I really haven’t found a use for, yet! And then I got a a few cheap IKEA wine glasses for my birthday grill party, as I did not have enough glasses for the champagne toast! (thinking about it, I believe this could be considered a necessity 😉 )
I did have some allowances for the year! Things I could do and things I could get that aren’t really necessities;
Books – I could buy up to 10 books/magazines – I bought one physical book, and two or three e-books
Eating out – the goal was to cut down to half the amount of times we (a friend and I) eat out compared to 2013 – we didn’t quite manage, as we only cut 39% on times. But what we did manage was to cut the amount we spent, with more than 50%, which was ultimately the goal.
Flowers and plants – The goal for 2014 was to cut down to procuring less than half of what I normally would – Done 🙂 I did even better than half as I cut my procurement of plants for the garden closer to 70% compared to any other years.
So all in all, I would say that I passed my goals for 2014!
Did I pass with flying colours? Hmmm, probably not, I’m sure I could have done better, but I’m pretty happy 🙂