The Life Changing Magic of Marie Kondo Part 5 (Books)

The KonMari Method's 2nd Category: Books

Reason #412 why the KonMari Method works: You have no idea just how much stuff you have of a specific item until you see all of it in one place.  (I better start working on the other 411 reasons.)

I have already completed the 1st category of the KonMari Method, CLOTHES.  I included all accessories in the category as well – jewelry, scarves, shoes, and totes/purses.  I also KonMari’d my kids’ clothes.

I am now on to the 2nd category, BOOKS.

In my head (again), I did not think I had that many books anymore since I had purged some last year and again this past January.  Marie Kondo has you collect ALL books from your entire house and put them all in one place.  I had books in the office, books in my bedroom, books in the family room, and cookbooks in the kitchen.

The KonMari Method's 2nd Category: Books

Kondo then has you handle each book and decide if it sparks joy.  I sorted them into categories: college books, fiction, non-fiction, and cookbooks.  Reason #437 why the KonMari Method works: each category prepares you for the next category.  Sorting through my clothes first made me more aware of what brings me joy.  This made tackling books much easier.  I am already in the right mindset.  I kept maybe 12 books.  I took pictures of the rest and offered them to friends on Facebook and put the rest in a TO SELL pile.

The KonMari Method's 2nd Category: Books

My discard pile!

Once my books were sorted, I tackled my kids’ books.  They have a TON and they are EVERYWHERE and they are a MESS.  Here is the BEFORE picture of their bookshelf in their closet:

The KonMari Method's 2nd Category: Kids' Books

I love children’s literature, and recently realized that I love my kids’ books more than they love their books.  I had a feeling this would be harder for me than them.  I gathered all of their books from around the house – most were in the office and their bedroom closet but some were mixed in with their toy bins.  I sorted them by type of book – baby/board books, hardbound books, paperback books, religious, reference/non-fiction books, classics/favorites, and chapter books.

The KonMari Method's 2nd Category: Kids' Books

I sorted out the ones that I thought they were too old for and ones that I figured they really didn’t need anymore and then had them help me with the rest.  My 7 year old wants to keep everything and declared “JOY!” with nearly every book, but my 9 year old thought about it carefully before deciding and was able to discard some of her books.

The KonMari Method's 2nd Category: Kids' Books

The kids’ discard pile!

I sorted the discard books into piles for friends that I thought would appreciate them and then added the rest to the sell pile.  I was able to put ALL of their books back into the bookshelf in their closet.  The top row is my 9 year old’s favorites and her current and future level chapter books.  The 2nd row is my 7 year old’s favorites and her current and future level chapter books.  The bottom row is miscellaneous but slightly organized in order of religious, places, animals, fairy tales, and seasonal/holiday.

The KonMari Method's 2nd Category: Kids' Books

I took the rest to Half Price Books.  I was a little worried that I wouldn’t get much when I heard the clerk swear under his breath when he saw me and my big laundry baskets full of books (seriously), but I made $34 which is actually more than I thought I would get!

The KonMari Method's 2nd Category: Books

Side note: I found another purpose for my Twilight series – we need a new bedframe so the entire series is keeping the bedframe in place until we get it replaced….

A new purpose for the Twilight series

A new purpose for the Twilight series

Have you tried the KonMari Method yet?  Is it working for you?  I would love to hear from you!

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