Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Organising is NOT a once-off activity

Remember all the books I decluttered during the August Declutter Challenge?

You might think that that would be enough decluttering for a few years.

Sorry, that's not true. Especially if you love reading.

You see, I'm a reader and as such, I gather books all the time from a number of different sources:

  • library
  • bookstores
  • friends (as gifts)

If I didn't do anything with those books (well, except for returning those belonging to the library), I'd soon be inundated.

So I have to go through my bookshelves regularly and decide which books I'm going to "release" into the world again :)

Do you remember my rating system for decluttering my bookshelf?

This was in January....

and this was a few days ago, a mere three months later. 15 out - yay!

If you're not a big reader or gatherer of books, you might only need to do a serious declutter once a year.

For me, it looks like every 3 months is about right.

Consider your lifestyle and then decide on your own decluttering plan of action.

Do this for every area of your life - clothes, kitchen stuff, paper (!), receipts, etc.

If you go to the shops daily, you probably need to clear out your wallet daily. If you're like me and only go to the shops once a week, then weekly is fine.

When was the last time you decluttered your bookshelves?


dragondreams said...

I predict that this will become an annual event once the twins arrive :)

Laura said...

Looks like we have the same taste in fun type books!!

se7en said...

Hi there, this is so true... I keep having these mega clean-ups thinking - well that's it... only to discover by the time I am finished it is time to begin again... Aha! Lightbulb moment, its all about maintenance!!! Pity that.... There is no time to rest on your laurels!!!

Marcia Francois said...

se7enExactly! Mega clean-ups DO work... but it doesn’t mean the maintenance goes, unfortunately.

Oh yes! Life is already hard enough without super-serious books.

I do read a crime novel every 3 – 4 books though – like james patterson, etc.

I like the new pic, by the way!

LOL Exactly why I'm getting rid of way more than I need to right now while I still have the energy!

dragondreams said...

Oh dear, I didn't mean that you would organize less-I meant that you would likely read less for the next few years....

Don't worry, I was able to return to my reading ways when they were over five.

Marcia Francois said...

DragondreamsOh my word, NOW you're scaring me :) The work of the twins, not so much but not reading????