Sunday, February 24, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 7 • Books

Welcome to Day 7 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 23 days, the plan is to be finished in time for the first day of spring on March 20th (or the March Equinox if you are located in the Southern Hemisphere). This tidying challenge is based on the KonMari method, and I was hugely inspired by these three resources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

To help with the process, I put together this calendar, which shows all the different categories I'll be tidying during the 30 day challenge. Depending on your situation, you may want to tackle this project over a number of months, and that is totally ok too! You can still use the calendar--just follow the order, but take more time for each set of categories.

Now that we're done with the clothing category, we'll be moving on to books and magazines. This is a difficult category for a lot of people, and I definitely found it challenging to let go of books when I first attempted the KonMari method 4 years ago. I'm finding it easier now that I have a smaller collection, but you may want to adjust the calendar to spend more time on books if necessary.

Some thoughts on Day 7:

1) Be honest with yourself as to whether you will re-read that book. When I was little, I would re-read the same book over and over again. However, in my adult life, I rarely do this. I find it difficult enough to find enough time to read a book once, let alone twice. I still keep some of my favourite books in my collection--not necessarily to read again, but because they spark joy. If you're keeping a book that doesn't spark joy, ask yourself if you truly see yourself reading it again in the future.

2) Be honest with yourself as to whether you will ever read that book. Marie Kondo writes the following in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: 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, I recommend that you keep your collection small." I personally have found this to be the case. In the past, I've purchased a huge number of books thinking I will read them. Time moves on as it does, and I never did. I had to be honest with myself, and eventually, I let all those books go. Believe it or not, I can't even remember which books I had in my collection. Nowadays, I don't typically bring books into my home with the intention of keeping them. I'll borrow them from the library, read them (or not), and then return them.

3) The titles of books matter. Again, I'm going to quote Marie Kondo, because she says it so well in Spark Joy: The energy of book titles and the words inside them are very powerful. In Japan, we say that "words make our reality." The words we see and with which we come into contact tend to bring about events of the same nature. In that sense, you will become the person who matches the books you have kept. What kind of books would you want in your bookcase to reflect the kind of person you aspire to be? If you choose which books to keep on that basis, you may find that the course of events in your life changes dramatically.

Thank you for tuning into Day 7! If you're tidying alongside me, please let me know how you're doing. I would love to hear about your journey and if you have any tips or tricks to share. I'll see you tomorrow for Day 8. :)

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