Personal Reflection

Why I Love Decluttering My Life

It’s easy to accumulate a lot of stuff over the years. But it’s not as easy to throw away or donate things. At least for me.

I’ve been trying to live a more minimalistic lifestyle in 2018. I’ll admit I’m not perfect. But as I get older, I realize owning material possessions doesn’t bring me genuine satisfaction.

I like cleaning. There’s something so calming about it. I’m not a fan of mess. Chaos and I don’t get along.

Going through my closet the their day took a while. I have way too many clothes.

I tend to reach for the same pieces over and over again, so I didn’t even know what I had in the back of my closet.

Safe to say, I had a ton of items I hadn’t worn in years, much less months.

I’ve tried my best to buy less this year because I already own many of the things I want. I don’t need to purchase more.

I’m not really a hoarder, although I do like keeping items for one reason or another. Still, if something doesn’t serve me anymore, I will give it away or get rid of it.

I hope I continue to live a better, more sustainable lifestyle. I’m aware that the environment is also impacted by our buying habits. I’d like to be as eco-friendly as possible.

After decluttering, I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders. I’m happier. I’d rather love a few pieces then possess a lot but not like anything all that much.

Cleaning, decluttering, organizing is fun for me. Fortunately. Unfortunately, they take time and effort.

I used to make purchases, thinking having more stuff would make me happier. But I’ve come to see the value in living with less and appreciating what you have. Life is easier, simpler that way. Besides, no one needs to have 50 shirts.

Reading

What I Learned Reorganizing My Bookshelves

I’m not even exaggerating when I say it took me nearly an hour to reorganize my bookshelves.

Here’s what I learned:

I own a lot of books. But a reader can never have too many, right? I want to buy more all the time.

I forget what I’ve read. I picked up a novel, and for the life of me, I could not remember what it was about.

I keep my babies in good condition. Except for a few of them. I also dropped two books on the floor while reorganizing my shelves. I’m a terrible mother.

I love when books are the same height and hate when they’re not. It makes my life easier when everything’s the same size.

I’m running out of space. I don’t know what I’ll do once my shelves can hold no more. I don’t have room for another bookshelf. Hopefully, one day, I can have a library in my house. Then I won’t have to worry about space or lack thereof.

I spend a lot of money on books. I don’t want to know how much. I also don’t need to know how many I have.

I could and should give some away. I promise to do so in the near future. OK, far future. I just can’t bear to part with my children.

I read a lot. But I feel like I just can’t keep up. Too many books, too little time.

I want to go buy more. Because why not? There’s no reason not to.

What do you learn after reorganizing your bookshelves?

Writing

Different Ways To Organize Your Bookshelves

Lately, I’ve been moving my books around because I’m not entirely happy with the way they’re displayed on my shelves. But I don’t know how I want to rearrange them exactly, so I decided to write a blog post about different ways you can organize your bookshelves.

By alphabetical.

Do the author’s last name or first if you’re so inclined. You might even decide to go organize according to the titles of each book. It’s up to you.

By colour.

Ombré. Rainbow. The possibilities are endless.

By genre.

Have one shelf for fantasy, one for mystery, etc. This is a good way to see what you like or dislike.

By height.

Shelves look more uniform when books are the same size. This is a fact of life. My heart breaks when I buy a novel that doesn’t fit in with the others.

By love.

Have your favourite books on one shelf. You can play favourites with novels. That’s totally ethical.

By status.

What you’ve read, what you’re currently reading, what you want to read. I have a shelf for all the books I own but haven’t read yet. Without fail, I’ll read a few novels on my to-be-read shelf only to buy many more. I almost always enable my own addiction.

By story.

Is it a standalone? A series? Also consider grouping books by the same author together. Because why not?

By type.

Paperbacks here. Hardcovers there. Easy, fast, simple. You’re good to grab and go.

By however you want.

Obviously, you can organize your books any way you like. Feel free to use one or a combination of the methods listed above.

Let me know how you organize your books. I’d love to get some inspiration for my shelves. It doesn’t help that I’m starting to run out of space either. But that’s a problem I’ll tackle another day.