I previously KonMari’d my cookbooks, and my digital files on my Kindle, but I spent part of the afternoon today going through the books. Here’s a close-up of the before:
Aside from the mess Elizabeth made on the floor, since she’s at that lovely pull-all-the-books-off-the-shelf stage, we had too many. I went through the kids’ books first, and split them into categories.
- Curious George
- Miscellaneous Keep
- Board Books
- Immediate Get Rid Of
After I got them sorted out, I added some less loved titles to the get rid of pile as well. I let the big kids look through and pick out two books they wanted to keep. Jonah picked two right away. Matthew picked one. Hannah didn’t care, since she was hoarding her Daniel Tiger books to make sure I didn’t get rid of them.
My criteria for getting rid of a book was pretty easy. Have I read it? If so, would I read it again? If not, do I still want to read it? Anything that I am not going to read again (or at all) got added to the pile. I didn’t get rid of any of Jesse’s books, but most of the ones on this shelf are ones that were mine before we got married. His are mostly Jesus books and sociology books, which are in his church office.
I also pulled out the chapter books that are kiddie lit, which I’m keeping for homeschool read alouds, and later for the kids to read on their own. They’re not mixed in any more. I do have to find a different spot for them though, because my horizontal stack on the middle shelf with the kids’ books already got pulled down once.