This weekend we challenge our readers to declutter your bookshelves and stacks of magazines at home. For each title ask yourself: Do I love it? Do I need it? Do I use it?
Some books might be ones that you read over and over, some might just be visually interesting for your decor, and others are excellent references that you turn to when needed. If the titles do not fit into one of these categories, it’s time to let it go.
Start by sorting your purged books into four stacks: share with a friend sell, donate, and recycle.
Share: Posting a photo of your available books on social media is an easy way to find new homes for books, and it gives you a great excuse to go meet that friend for coffee once they select a title or two. #WinWin
Donate: Books can be donated to a variety of charities. Look around your local community for schools, shelters, churches, and non-profit operated thrift shops. In the Martinsville-Henry County area, suggested charities include: The Community Recovery Program, Fido’s Finds & Kittie’s Kollectibles, and the Salvation Army. You can also drop off books at Little Free Library boxes throughout your community.
Recycle: Tattered books and excess magazines can be recycled. Earth911 recommends the following guidelines:
- For magazines, you don’t need to remove anything from inside the magazine, such as staples, the cardstock ads or even perfume samples. You can also leave the cover and binding.
- If the magazine came in a plastic bag, you’d want to remove and recycle this separately.
- For paperback books, you can recycle the book whole, including the binding. For hardcover books, you’ll need to remove the cover because it has non-paper components.
- If either your books or magazines have gotten wet or the paper has turned tan or brown, they should be thrown away with your household trash, as there is no recycling market for this material.
You can also upcycle older books if you are a crafty person. Check out this Pinterest Board for inspiration.
Now that you have thinned out your collection of books and magazines, you can arrange the shelves to reflect your personal style. Visit us on Facebook to post a photo of your decluttered bookshelf and/or upcycled book craft. We’d love to see your ideas and creativity!
Need help getting started? Contact us for a free consultation to help cut through the clutter.