|Books in need of organization|
|A little help here?|
The KonMari method has strict stages of organization: clothes, books, paper, "komono" or miscellany, and sentimental items.
When I got around to the book organization stage of the KonMari method, I used my librarian skills to develop a few helpful hints to aide with the process:
- Use your library to download e-books or borrow books. This is an excellent way to live with less. If a book really resonates with you, then consider buying it. When I finally began organizing my books, I realized that I have only re-read three or four books in my collection. There were also quite a few books that I have never finished reading. I imagined that there would be a time when I'd read these books. Some of these books were gifts, some were purchased at retail cost, some were purchased secondhand, but all books had one thing in common: I'd probably never read them.
- Log all of your books on GoodReads and write virtual notes about them for future reference. You can also create a bookshelf of the books you never finished—just in case you want to go back and read them - after you've borrowed them from your local library, of course.
- Donate your used books to your local library or thirft store. And, as the KonMari method suggests for all your possessions, wish your books well for having served their purpose in your life.