Hello My Beautiful Book Nerds!
Today, I am going to talk about my latest book unhaul. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s when you get rid of books. It’s the opposite of a book haul, so they added the negative prefix “un” and yeah, you get the point. Anyways, so last year I read Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and no lies were told with that title. I learned so much and have adapted so many new habits for it. I am naturally disorganized, I like to say that I have organized chaos, but let’s be real, it’s just chaos and I am a hot mess, and need help. Lol. Part of the KonMari method is to take everything off the shelf and then go one by one and feel the item, and ask yourself if it brings you joy. While this was effective for me to let go of clothes, I always feel joy when holding a book, so it was ineffective in this realm. I then watched a video by Samantha from ThoughtsOnTomes, and she has a book specific guided lesson on getting rid of books, because, who wants to let go of their children, amIrite? The link to her super helpful video is here. So, I was truly honest with myself and was able to part with the 37 books! You may notice that a lot after cookbooks and Charlaine Harris and there is a reason for that. Both genre/ series of books were part of a phase of my life that I am over and not going to return to. Almost a decade ago, I was set on going to culinary school, and trying to absorb multiple techniques, cuisines, etc. I bought every cookbook I laid eyes on. Eventually, I ended up finding a different major that I love and have since gotten a degree in. While I still love cooking, I don’t need nor will I or have I used the cookbooks that I am giving up. Same goes for Charlaine Harris. Over a decade ago, I was OBSESSED with the show True Blood. I stopped watching after like season 5 (?) whichever was the season where we find out that Sookie was a fairy (What is the spoiler statute of limitation?). Anyways, I was so pissed that I stopped watching, not caring to see what happened after that to what storyline they gave Crystal, who was the first Were-Panther I had ever seen. (Like really, I waited like 5 years to find out that Sookie is freaking Tinker Bell?! WTF?!) I then vowed to read the books to see if they explain this tomfoolery that I was watching. I bought a book and realized it was number 6, then I realized there are like 30 in the series and she’s still writing! I’ve tried to grab some here and there, but honestly, I’m never going to read them all. I’ve had the first book for over 5 years now and have yet to crack it open, so chances are, it’s not gonna happen.
I’d like to say that I was Uber mature and was able to quickly identify and part with these books, with an heir of nonchalance, but y’all know me better than that. It took me like 2 days, cuz I wanted to sleep on some of my decisions and even still, I have some books that I am on the fence about now, that I probably should have gotten rid of, but didn’t. I watched the aforementioned video like 3 times and asked myself all the questions and went through all the processes and it was still so hard. One thing that got me through it was : sleeping on it, taking my time and the idea that I would be making room for new books. Also, after I got rid of them, I felt a little bit freer as I didn’t have that guilt of seeing that unread book everyday, and having it mentally slide further and further down my TBR list as new books come out. I’m not the only one who feels their books are silently judging them, am I?
Have you done a book unhaul or unload or whatever you want to call it? How did you do it? What was your motivation? How many books did you get rid of? Let me know! I want someone to share in the struggle, trauma, and cleansing of this experience with me. Haha.
Dorkily Yours and 37 Books Lighter,