Decluttering your bookshelf can be a quick way to make a big change in your home or office. If you want to get rid of clutter from your bookshelves or bookcases, you just need a little time and your home will be looking better, more organized, and cleaner in no time.
Start by taking a look at the shelf in question. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What can I get rid of right now, today?
- What can I move to storage and maybe donate or get rid of in a week or two?
- What do I want to keep on the shelf?
Take action on the items that you can get rid of right away - remember, you want to get rid of clutter - so be sure to find items that you can part with. Is there an old paperback book or two that you've read and haven't looked at in years? Donate those to the library today! Are there old magazine, newspapers, or other periodicals gathering dust? Toss them in the recycling bin!
Are there a few items that you can't make your mind up about? Try to keep this group of items small as you will be more likely to hold onto them and have them come back as clutter at a later date. Some of these items might be books that you plan to read again, pictures that you might put in a book or store for later, or some other items that aren't the most important, but still have meaning for you.
Lastly, take the items that you know you want to keep on the shelf and put them in a stack to the side. These are the books you are reading, the pictures you look at every day, and other items that make you happy and fill a purpose of some kind. After you have removed everything from the bookshelf, wipe it down and clean it off. Dust the top and the backs of all the shelves. Make it a clean space for the things that you like!
After you have separated what you can part with, what you will store, and what you are keeping, place the keepers back onto your clean shelf, store your storage items, and get rid of the items that are going to donate or throw out. Remember, don't let those items hang around - the longer they stay in your home, the harder they are to get rid of!