Every year, spring returns and with it, a sort of reawakening of everything around us. Also accompanying its arrival is the usual urge to get in some spring cleaning. Much as I should do some deep cleaning throughout my entire house (why can I never be organized?), usually the only “spring cleaning” I do is of the bookish variety. This is why today we’re talking spring cleaning book style! (Besides, this is more fun, right!?)
Initially my plan was so share a group of books I am literally getting rid of because, guys, I have a lot (the annoying boxes in my office attest to this which goes back to my lack of organization). But I decided against that and am instead sharing some of the ways I organize – and looking for your advice, too!
Let’s get this book style cleaning party started.
SPRING CLEANING BOOK STLYE: SUGGESTIONS
1: Make a Goal (or Two!)
It’s always helpful to start a process if you have a “goal,” or you KNOW what you want. At least, in theory it is. So. If, for example, you really don’t want to get rid of any books, you probably shouldn’t start the “spring cleaning” process because you won’t be able or willing or interested in getting rid of the books. For me, I always go into the task wanting to get rid of at least one, maybe two boxes. It works and I feel like because I’m willing, the process goes easier.
2: Pick a Time
I do a reorganization of my shelf at least once I year. I also picked May or right around there because that was the end of my reading “part” in an awards program, and so I had all of the new books form there that either needed space or a donation box. So my annual “unhaul” situation happens in the spring and actually, I’m kind of one of those nerds who enjoys organizing! Once I get started, it’s not bad.
3: Unhaul the Books
This is kind of the same as point #1, but it’s a conclusion rather than a starting point. So, once you’ve organized, decide what you want to do. I sell some on eBay, but I also donate a ton to a small resale shop we have in town. A couple of years ago, I also donated a ton of books to the library for their annual book sale. Then get rid of them! Or if you’re like me, you leave the boxes in your office and do nothing. No, actually in truth, I have donated several boxes, and like I said, I sell on eBay, too, but that’s SLOW going, and so I keep around boxes to add re-lists, etc. Who here has great seller tips?
So, I’ve asked this before, but since it kind of goes hand in hand with my version of book spring cleaning, I thought I’d ask this. How do you guys get “rid of” your ARCs? I’m struggling SO much with the idea of having to keep these ARCs around. Some I read and enjoyed (but don’t see myself re-reading or bought a finished copy for) and others were unsolicited and I’ll never read. Is there a place to donate them that won’t sell them? Leave me all of your thoughts!
What about you; how do you spring clean (bookworm or normal)? Do you have a great ARC donation suggestion? What’s your best spring cleaning book style tips? How did you spring your lists – did you feature books you’re unhauling or another direction? Comment all of your thoughts below.
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