The second step in the KonMari method is to declutter your books. Marie states that this is the category that a lot of people struggle with. Books are the one of the things that people find hardest to throw out. Here’s how she recommends dealing with them. You can find previous posts in the KonMari series here.
The processThe process of decluttering your books with the KonMari method is pretty much the same as the process for clothes. Take all your books off the shelves and pile them on the floor. I recommend taking this opportunity to wipe down your shelves. This saves having to take the books off again to clean them later. Hold each book in turn and decide whether or not it sparks joy. Those that do can be put back on the shelf, and you should discard the ones that don’t.
Declutter your booksMarie firmly believes that the perfect time to read a book is the moment you get it. You should let go of any books that have been sitting on your shelves just waiting for you to read them. She also states that there are very few books that people read more than once; after you’ve read them, you should let them go. Depending on how many books you have in your collection, you can either tackle them as one category or split them up as such:
- General – books you read for pleasure
- Practical – reference, cookbooks, etc.
- Visual – photograph collections etc.