Do you love books?
The real kind, the ones made from paper and ink…
The ones that feel good in your hands…
Oooh, me too.
I love to read books.
I used to spend my hard earned money on books of all topics.
And I would hang on to books after I read them…cause I loved them, why wouldn’t I read them again…and again…and again?
I even hung on to books cause they made me look smart…nothing like books on a shelf to make others think you are intelligent.
But come on and be honest…how many times have you read the books you’re hanging on to?
Have you even read the books you’re hanging on to?
Sometimes I would buy a few books and they would sit around collecting dust and I would never read them…but I looked smart with that book in my house…
And I don’t think I have ever read a book more than once…
(Ok, that’s not entirely true…I have read Prodigal Summer and 50 Shades of Grey twice :)…but of all the books I have owned, those have been the only two I read more than once.)
Why do you think books get stored on shelves, night stands, coffee tables, end tables, kitchen tables, in the car, or wherever else they may be?
I find books can cause a stress in my life…a “I need to read this book and this book and this book” but I don’t, cause I really don’t want to, but think I should, because I bought them, or a friend gave them to me, or Oprah said I should read it, or…or…or…
Have you thought about how much space could be freed up without those books?
And what about the amount of dust books collect…less books, less cleaning, ya baby that’s what I’m talking about!
I once had a friend with an entire room…an ENTIRE ROOM people…FULL of books…you couldn’t even walk into the room…imagine what that room could be used for…
So, gradually I have gotten rid most of my books…yep, that’s right, donated them right the heck outta my house.
And I now check out books from the library…uhhh huhhh that’s right, FREE baby! And I love that the library willingly stores and takes care of the books for me.
And I can put holds on books at the library and if they don’t have them, I can even request they purchase it…how cool it that!
I haven’t bought a book in a long time, I can’t even recall the last book I purchased…think of all the money I have saved, yeehaw!
I have been hanging on to a couple books lately: a recipe book, a CO hiking trail book, a personal workbook, a business workbook and two library books I am currently reading…that’s it.
So how about it?
How about taking 15 minutes to look around your house today?
Do you have books lying around you think you should read but don’t really want to?
Do you think there is someone else who would love to read it?
If one day you decide you want to read the book again, could you get it from the library, borrow from a friend, or find on Amazon? Cause really, how many times have you actually wanted to re-read a book?
I think it’s about surrounding yourself with the items that bring value, meaning, happiness, and love to your life.
So by all means, if books do that for you, they aren’t clutter for you.
But if you feel a sense of dread when looking at your books or you feel like they are part of your endless list of to do’s, why not donate them, sell them, or give them away…right….now?
I believe if a book has come into my life, and right now doesn’t feel like the best time to read it, I let it go and if I am meant to read it, it will come back into my life…this has happened more than a few times for me…and when it came back, I was in the right state of mind to read it…then I gave it away:).