Living Zone Mission #4: Book Review!

Filed under: Living Areas,Monthly Missions — Colleen at 12:52 pm on Monday, February 23, 2009

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It’s time to assess your library. Are your bookcases overflowing? Or worse, do you have piles of books in the corners of your home? What about those unpacked boxes of books from your move 5 years ago?

Have you been wanting to free up some shelf space for your collectibles or photo albums? Thinning out your book collection may help.

Take a look at your home’s library. How many of these books do you actually read or refer to? How many of your books do you expect to read again? Are you still holding on to your dusty overpriced college textbooks?

Step 1: Sort your books into 3 categories. “Books I frequently read or refer to” , “Books I plan to read” and “Books I don’t plan to read again or ever and outdated text books”

Now take a look at your pile of books you plan to read. If it is overambitious, thin it out again.

Step 2: Donate or sell your third category of books. Libraries usually accept donated books and will issue a receipt for tax purposes. Or you can sell books online on sites such as Half.com or Ebay. I sold some of my books online and made a few hundred dollars in just a few months!

Step 3: Rearrange and reorganize your remaining books. Try to keep “like” books together into categories. Keep books you plan to read accessible so you don’t forget about them!

Step 4: Take a field trip! Check out just how much your local library has to offer. I introduced my husband to our library and he’s now addicted. He does book searches and makes book requests online then simply goes to the front library desk to pick them up! This is better service than bookstores and FREE! We save a ton of money this way and he reads so much more.

Overwhelmed by this project? Set Me Free! offers hands-on help. Are you motivated by this mission or have a great organizing idea that works for you? Leave a comment to inspire others!

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Comment by Aileen

August 23, 2006 @ 9:11 am

We’ve been using the library more lately, too! One thing I’ve found helpful is to use a decorative basket (I picked on up super cheap at Produce Junction) to store all the kids’ library books. It looks great on the top of our small bookcase, and the kids read more, since the books are so accessible. And when it’s time for another library trip, most of the books are usually in the basket — a real time (and library fine) saver!

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