There are a lot of reasons you may need to declutter your bookcases (or, uh, stacks of books on the floor). Maybe you’re moving, or you’re running out of storage space, or you just want to curate a collection of only books you love. Krysta has written in the past about why she doesn’t own a lot of books. However, even when you have good reasons for wanting to move some books out of your home, doing it can be hard.
Personally, I like to focus on some key questions: Did I even enjoy the book? Will I really read it again (or ever)? Do I have good memories attached to the book? Is there some reason I want to keep the book beyond “wanting to own a lot of books?” I also like to keep in mind that, if I didn’t really love the book or I’m not going to read it, then getting rid of it means I can donate it to someone who might love it or to someone who doesn’t have a lot of books at all.
If you’re looking to clear out some books, check out the flow chart below for some suggestions on deciding whether to keep or give away a specific book. If you are clearing out some books, you can also consider donating to some of these places I suggested previously.
Tell us in the comments: Do you regularly go through your books to unhaul some? Why or why not? How do you decide which books to get rid of? What do you do with them?