E-Readers and tablets were hot gifts over the holidays, and while they might reduce the need for paper versions of books, magazines and newspapers, they certainty won't replace the bookshelf. Of all the places in our home, the bookshelf will remain as a place to keep our books and various objects, but it's also one of the most easily cluttered things in the house. Erin Doland, author of Unclutter Your Life in One Week, has offered some really simple tips on keeping your book collection and bookshelves under control:
We like these tips below because they're not an all-or-nothing approach, but rather a very straight forward justification of which books are worth keeping, and which either aren't, or which can be accessed in alternative way. Here are Simply Stated contributor, Erin Doland's, tips to unclutter your bookshelves:
1 Give away any books that you don't plan on reading or referencing again, are in the public domain, and can be found in their entirety online.
2 Keep the leather-bound copy of The Scarlet Letter that your grandmother gave you on her deathbed.
3 Give away or recycle out-of-date reference books. They're full of inaccurate data.
4 Keep books that you love and books that provide you with significant utility.
5 Give away books that you've been storing for the sole purpose of impressing your houseguests. If you've never read the complete works of Shakespeare, and you never plant to read the complete works of Shakespeare, get rid of the complete works of Shakespeare.
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