You should use those questions again today when dealing with shelves and bookcases.
Depending on the number of bookcases you've got (I know in our house we've got a lot of them!) this task will take you more than 15 minutes. That's OK!
Instead, do this task one shelf at a time, 15 minutes at a time, and keep going, stopping when necessary and restarting when you can, until you go through all your shelves.
The key is to focus on only one shelf at a time. If necessary, you can also do one pass through your bookcases and then after removing some of the books, if you still need to
get rid of more, you can do another decluttering pass through them.
Keep only the amount of books that will fit comfortably on your shelves, with a little bit of room to add or remove books easily. Don't leave stacks of books without a home, that won't fit on the shelves. Either you'll need to find a different place to store those books, or have less books total.
In addition, I'm assuming that most of the items on your bookshelves or bookcases are, in fact, books. However, I do realize that you may have decorative items, or other items you want to display.
If that's the case, make sure to spend time focusing on these items as well, deciding what you'll keep versus get rid of. Remember, these are the types of items you have to dust, a lot, so if you don't want to dust it, perhaps it's not worth you keeping!
Also, as you clear off your bookshelves, at least temporarily while working on this mission, it's a good opportunity to dust the shelves well, and perhaps the outsides of the books themselves, to keep everything in good condition.
Scroll below for some photos from readers who've already done this mission to give you some inspiration, and get you motivated to tackle this task for yourself.
Top photo in mission collage courtesy of Nina Hale, and the bottom photo courtesy of a reader, Wanda
Are You Ready To Get Rid Of Your Bookcase Clutter?
This mission can make a real difference in your home. Here's a couple more photos sent in by readers, to show you what they accomplished.
The photo above is from a reader, Kathryn. She said, "Bookshelf in our family room, but our family room doubles as our home office. Not terribly beautiful and definitely not magazine material but it works for us."
This photo was sent in by Aileen. She said, "I have been putting off this job for months! It seemed like the shelves were overflowing (they are always overflowing) and I needed to create an office study space for my husband who had been using the guest room, so he gave me a nudge with great finality, and I did it! I gave my husband a cubicle for his stationery and moved a study table in for him to use. Books are neatened up, had to double up some rows of books to make room, but they are pretty organized by category and theme, so I feel I did a pretty good job, even if I say so myself. And it took only about an hour to do it all.
Great job Aileen! You did a wonderful job!
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Once you declutter one type of item in your home I bet you'll want to declutter some more. After all, decluttering gives you a great reward for even a small investment of time and energy.
The Declutter 365 system is designed to help you declutter, over the course of a year, your entire house, with just 15 minutes of decluttering each day!
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Declutter 365 works to guide you to clear the clutter without overwhelm, focusing on just one small area at a time, and without making a huge mess in the process, so you see consistent forward progress without all that "messy middle" that makes it even harder to function in your home than before you started.
In addition to building a daily decluttering habit, the Declutter 365 program, along with the accompanying 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, teaches you the skills, habits, routines, and mindsets necessary to maintain the clutter free and organized state of your home from now on, so it'll never be as messy and cluttered as it is right now, ever again.
If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!