I recently realized that I have way too many books. Like too many that I don’t know what to do with them. So I decided to do a massive unhaul. I did an unhaul before, but that was only about 30 books. This time I unhauled over 135 books (don’t know the exact number but it’s at least 135).
My unhaul didn’t happen overnight. I did a gradual unhaul. I first started with books I had recently read but didn’t feel the need to keep.
Then I tackled my massive amount of unread books. For a long time, I used to have a relatively small amount of unread books (between 30-50). At the time I had over 150 unread books and growing everyday (I get a lot of book mail). This caused me to do a massive reality check. I stopped and asked myself, Do I really have time to read all these books? The answer? Hell no! Law school keeps me so busy. There is no possible way I can read all these books anytime soon. I came to the realization that keeping these books on my shelf and never reading them was not doing them any good. So I unhauled a ton of them. I didn’t count, but if I had to estimate, I probably unhauled 40-70 unread books.
I slowly brought these books to my school’s Free Little Library. This Free Little Library is right outside the coffee shop that literally everyone at school goes to. It gets a ton of foot traffic. So far about 95% of the books I put in there are gone. That makes me so happy. Knowing that others are reading and enjoying the books I don’t have time to read is a good feeling.
I also did a massive unhaul of books at my parent’s house. When I moved down for law school, I only brought about half of the books I own. The other half I left at my parent’s house. Most of the books I left are ones that I wasn’t particularly attached to. When I went home for Easter break I decided to unhaul a bunch of them. Many of the unhauled books are ones that I read a few years ago and haven’t picked up since. So why not give them a new home? I ended up unhauling over 80 books. These books I donated to Goodwill.
I’m also trying to limit myself when it comes to free books. I’m trying to say no to more books. I don’t need to say yes to every single Instagram book tour or review request I get offered. I’m very fortunate to be at a place in my blogging/bookstagram career where I am able to get so many books for free, but I don’t need to have ALL the books.
Overall, I am so happy with the amount of books I have given a new home. It feels so good and such a relief to bring my number of unread books down and to just declutter in general.
Do you unhaul books? Tell me about it in the comments!
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