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Curate Your Life: Bookcase

My bookcase had been a constant source of stress for me, because it had been crammed from top to bottom with books and file folders. I had run out of space and had begun to accumulate piles of papers and books around my room, and I finally decided that it was high time for a purge. The bookcase had 8 cubes, so I decided to tackle the top four. I was fairly attached with a lot of my books and didn’t want to end up emotionally and physically exhausted on the floor with all of my books and papers strewn about. So I limited myself to the top 4 shelves.

As I took out the books from the bookcase, I started piling them up on top of the desk and on the floor. I hadn’t started purging at this point. I had simply taken them out without worrying about whether I was going to keep them or not. Once the top four shelves were empty, I went through the books one by one and decided whether I wanted to keep it on my shelf or let it go.

Once I started putting in the books and saw how clean and organized it looked, I was really happy that I had started this project! There were some books I wasn’t 100% sure that I was going to keep, but I decided that I needed some more time to think about whether or not I really wanted them in my life.

I still ended up getting rid of quite a number of books and old magazines. It was easier to let go of all the magazines because I had gone through them and torn out the spreads that I had liked. I realized that I had been holding on to all that bulk for the sake of a few pages in each magazine. I got rid of some old textbooks that I hadn’t looked through in years, and books that I had told myself I would read but never really felt the urge to. It was such a relief just letting go. I don’t have to look at these books everyday and feel guilty about not finding the time to read them. I had gone through a phase where I wandered aimlessly about the bookstore looking for that special book that would fill the emptiness inside me. I’m sure I’ll still buy a lot of books in the future, but it’ll no longer be for the sake of fulfillment.

Your Turn ♥ Have you hoarded anything before? Books? Shoes? Lipstick?

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  • I always hoard on shoes and clothes. And lately, make up :(

    • Kim

      One of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Gilbert, said that sometimes you have to go to the excess to find where the boundaries are. That’s what happened to me with make up. I went out and explored it all, and now I know what works for me and don’t hoard it anymore :P

  • Same with my shelves! I tried decluttering once, and only the top two shelves out of four are (somewhat) decently organized and aesthetically pleasing. Ugh, I’m also the same way with my mags – one day I’ll sit down to cut up the things I like as inspo, and I’ll trash the rest.

    I think I hoard lipsticks, lol – a lot of them are sent to me from doing lip art on instagram, so it’s nice that I don’t hold a monetary value to them. There are a handful I really like though, and I’m trying to give a lot of the other nude or similar ones away. At the same time, I’m always like, “What if I’ll need this later” – which I probably don’t, since a lot of them look the same worn on anyway!

    becky @ star violet

    • Kim

      I feel like it’s the “What if I need this later?” question that really makes it hard to let things go! One trick I learned was to put it in a box somewhere, and if I still don’t need it months or sometimes even over a year later it makes it much more easier to let it go :P

  • You go, girl! For me what makes cleaning out stuff hardest is that I totally get emotionally attached to things – books, for example LOL. This is good inspiration for me.

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

    • Kim

      I hear you with the books lol! Once I started watching room tours on Youtube I realized just how much of a book hoarder I was :P Not as bad as book reviewers, but still quite a bit!