I’ve never read Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising. It’s safe to say I never will. Cleaning up just isn’t a topic I want to learn more about. But the gist of the book, from what I’ve heard, is pretty good. It goes something like this: put your hands on everything you own, ask yourself if it sparks joy, and if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and get rid of it.
I don’t own a lot. I’m not interested in “stuff” just for the sake of it; not even clothes or shoes beyond what’s necessary. I’m not a cluttery person and in fact, I probably should be a little more cluttery to make my house a more homely (I’m quite happy with it though – so I probably won’t). But what I do own a lot of, is books. And a significant proportion of them are unread books. Books I bought with the best intentions, but quickly decided there was another, better book out there I wanted to read first.
Sigh. Poor books.
The so called “clutter” doesn’t bother me; a full bookcase looks colourful, warm and delightful! But I’m thinking that there’s no point keeping a stack of books just for the sake of a nice-looking bookcase. There’s probably someone else who will find joy from a poor, ignored book rather than leaving it in my house as a mere decoration. That’s not what a book is for!
The challenge I’ve set out for myself is this: I give every book on my bookcase a chance. A minimum of 100 pages. If it doesn’t draw me in by that point, it will get donated to the little “library” down the street. (I live in a small village where “the library” is an unmanned bookcase out the front of the corner shop, where people can take a book if they leave a book… no need to return anything.)
So I’ll finish the two books I’m on (currently reading an oldie, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, and re-reading Big Magic), then I’ll make my way through the bookcase, in its sorta-kinda alphabetical order by author. I’ll refrain from purchasing more Gregory Orr* or Rumi (both are next on my list), or anything else for that matter (sad face), until I get through it all. Or at least, that’s the plan.
Maybe there are some hidden gems I’ve been ignoring? Or equally as good, maybe I’ve been hanging onto someone else’s “hidden gem”, and it’s time I got it out of my bookcase and into their hot little hands?
Will write about the ones I enjoy along the way, so be prepared for discussions on a mixed bag of of older books for the next… I dunno, forever.
*If you are a human who loves me and it’s a significant gift-worthy event please consider Gregory Orr. Not the person, a book. I’m not buying anything else until I get through this existing lot, but I can’t help what other people buy me. Hahahahahah! *coughs*.
That is all.