30 Days To Organise Your Life! Day 12 - Donate Those Books!

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Love reading?

Me too! Such a great way to relax, escape from the pressures of everyday life and switch off at home, on holiday, on the train on the way to or from work.

Although some may now turn to digital versions on reading apps that we can download onto our devices, many still believe in the fact you can't beat reading from an old fashioned paperback!

However, taking a preference for the paper versions means that some people will become book collectors too! Sometimes when you enjoy a book so much, you feel like it'd be wrong to just get rid of it straight away, just in case you might read it again. We then end up popping it on a shelf and then not looking at it for years to come, if ever!



How can you stop yourself from creating your own extensive unused library (which you also don't have space for!!)?

It's easy to see how as time goes on that some people can become serial book hoarders. Here are a few ideas on how you can ditch the book clutter and stop this from happening again in the future.

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1. Empty every bookshelf/cupboard/bedside table that contains any books.

2. Unless it is a really important book like one that someone has given as a birthday or christening present, and unless it is a set of classic books that you whole-heartedly intend on reading to your children as they get older (I have all books by Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and Beatrix Potter that will never leave my household!), then put it in the box that says 'donate'!

3. Sort your books to donate into groups if you're able to. Books that you can give to charity, books you can pass onto friends and family that you know will read them and books for children that may like them or that can donate them to their school library.

4. Sell any books online that are relatively new or collections that are worth a bit of money.

5. Visit you local library for new books to read! I really feel that our libraries are a majorly under-used facility that most towns and cities have. There is so much choice, they are a lovely place to visit with other like-minded readers and they have many other things you can borrow as well as books, including magazines, DVDs, audio books and some even have facilities such as 3D printers and organise visits from local authors. The best thing is you can take the books back and prevent space being used up in your own home.