Kon Mari Category 2: Books

by Nyamka Bayanmunkh in


After konmari-ing my closet, as instructed, I moved on to do my books.  It took me a couple of days to get started with it as I was quite hesitant about making changes to my collection, which meant a lot of procrastination.

When I did get started it took just under an hour. Most of the time that's what happens when I procrastinate. The procrastination took a couple of days when the actual task takes very little time.

About to #konmari my books :/ This is the #before.

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Before, the bookshelf was full of books, a bike helmet and other miscellany - definitely not the tidiest bookshelf on the block.

After I brought all the other books in the house that was mine. 56 books in total.

After I brought all the other books in the house that was mine. 56 books in total.

I went around the house piled it all on the floor.  

Books to keep on the shelf and books to go on the floor.

Books to keep on the shelf and books to go on the floor.

I handled all the books one by one and asked myself if it sparked joy, which was still weird the second time around, and as a result I managed to find eight that didn't.

The #after. 44 left, 8 gone. #konmari #bookshelf #declutter #minimalism

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An interesting effect I noticed while I konmari-d my books was how much I appreciated my books afterwards. I have a feeling that by going through each book one by one is what makes the difference. I think when you handle the book one by one you have a good opportunity to assess its value to you as opposed to getting rid of things en masse.

After the purge. After I decided to start packing. 

After the purge. After I decided to start packing. 

As I am moving soon, I decided to start the packing the books I won't use in the next few weeks. When moving out  decluttering is  usually a good thing to do.

Next category on the KonMari to-do list is paper. Stay tuned. 

with love and simplicity,

Nyamka