Tips on Controlling Paper Clutter and Purging Books
Over the weekend I shared on my Instagram that hubby and I were tackling a big clean out of our home office.
Before we started I consulted my favorite book on organizing THE MAGIC ART OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo. I know I’ve shared her book and my love for it before. But, I have to tell you her section on sorting through your books was so helpful while we cleaned out the office I had share a cliff note version with you. I highly recommend her method for organizing every space in your home.
We have big plans to update the space and later in the week I’ll share some pictures of the current state our office is in now and our plans on how we will update the office. The office below is gorgeous and is definitely inspiring me to plow through the not so fun parts so we can get to the pretty stage. But first the clutter!
Besides our over abundance of books, we had to get our paper clutter under control. When I posted on Instagram about sorting through our papers and files I had several messages from others about needing to do the same thing! I’m embarrassed to admit we had papers dating back to 1996-eeeekkkkk!
So I did a little research, before purging our files, on what we should keep and what we could shred. So many of you were in the same boat I put together the information all together, so you can Pin it to Pinterest and refer to it when you go through your files and paperwork.
TIPS ON SORTING THROUGH PAPERWORK
TIPS ON SORTING THROUGH BOOKS
The Magic Art of Tidying Up
As described by Marie Kondo in her book, here are some key areas to consider when you’re sorting through your book collection.
There is no meaning in their just being on your shelves. You read books for the experience of reading. Books you have read have already been experienced and their content is inside you, even if you don’t remember. Take each book in your hand and decide whether it moves you or not. Keep only those that will make you happy just to see them on your shelves.
Books you might read “sometime” means “never.” Get rid of them, donate them so someone else can read them.For books timing is everything. The moment you first encounter a particular book is the right time to read it. To avoid missing that moment, She recommends that you keep your collection small.
I could really relate to this! I realized I kept buying books for the future. I’m committed to not buying another book until I’ve finished the current one I’m reading.
Alright friends let’s do this! We spent 8 hours sorting through that room but it feels amazing to have it done and to know we are only hanging on to the things we need to and the really special items.