How to Declutter Books When You Don’t Want to Let Go

I love books. There was a time when I accepted any book anyone was giving away and I certainly would never give any books away from my collection. But over the years, I’ve realized that in certain situations, getting rid of books can be the best choice. Here are the steps I go through for how to declutter books when you’re a book lover and don’t really want to get rid of any. Follow along with these tips when you’re decluttering and you’ll be able to let those books go without remorse.

Moving? In a new life stage? Ready for a change? Use these tips for how to declutter books when you're a massive book lover.

How to Declutter Books When You Don’t Want to Let Go

Use these tips to help clear out books that you don’t need any more and make room for new, better books!

 

Step 1: Why did you get the book?

When going through my books, I found it helpful to think about where the book came from. A lot of the books I eventually ended up reselling/giving away were books that were given to me that I never really liked and books that were part of assigned reading.

 

Step 2: Does the book have meaning?

If you can’t think of any positive feelings or memories that the book gives you, or you haven’t even attempted to read the book in five years, let it go.

 

Step 3: Is the book a collector’s item?

A lot of my books that I’ve picked up recently aren’t really books I want to read, but books that I purchase because they are a prettier edition of a book I already had (in which case I got rid of the ugly version) or rare(ish) books that I picked up because I loved the cover or I love the book and wanted a collector’s edition. Old books that are falling apart and ugly, I ditched.

 

Step 4: Are you done with that phase?

I have a lot of books from different reading phases of my life. This time around, I got rid of most paperback science fiction, historical fiction, and YA dystopian. I enjoyed these books, but I’m done with that phase of life. I don’t need the books sticking around when that is no longer me. These books also didn’t have enough staying power for me to save for someone else (see step 5).

Moving? In a new life stage? Ready for a change? Use these tips for how to declutter books when you're a massive book lover.

Step 5: Do you really need it on your shelf?

I prefer reading books in my hands, but if it’s a book I’ve already read, and didn’t love, but did like, I will still get rid of it and perhaps buy the ebook version if I want to read it again. Exceptions are made if I want to save the book for my kids to read. But it turns out, I had almost a hundred books that I enjoyed reading but didn’t feel the need to pass on to the next generation.

 

Step 6: Will you read it again?

If you don’t plan to read a book again or pass it along to someone else, there still might be a few reasons to keep it, such as if it has exclusive content, if the cover is pretty, or if it is signed. But in most cases, if you don’t plan to read the book again, there’s no reason to hang onto it.

Step 7: Enjoy your free-er shelves

Once you get rid of these books, you feel accomplished. I’m happy to know that the books I’ve kept are ones I want to read again or have someone else read, and that they are a reflection of who I am today. It turns out, how to declutter books is not only possible, but it can also feel great!

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It’s the time of year when we make our holiday and Christmas lists. And if you’re a Harry Potter fan, of course that includes Harry Potter Merchandise. Now that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them is just around the corner, we are free to continue our obsession with the Harry Potter universe for the foreseeable future. It’s not weird anymore, there are more movies coming out!

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Harry Potter Mugs to Add to Your Wishlist Immediately

If you love Harry Potter, you will absolutely want to add these little mugs to your Amazon wishlist. Now you have a reason to get Amazon Prime!

These Harry Potter mugs are good for home or office use. 

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Harry Potter Novelty Items You Won’t Be Embarrassed to Have as an Adult

If you love Harry Potter, of course you want all the Harry Potter novelty items you can find. But if you’re an adult, you need sophisticated HP swag like these options.

If you love Harry Potter, of course you want all the Harry Potter novelty items you can find. But if you're an adult, you need sophisticated HP swag like these options.

I don’t know about you, but as much as I love certain books, I feel a little embarrassed if I’m out and about in anything that is too obviously themed. I want to surround myself with clothing and house decorations that remind me of my favorite book, but that perhaps don’t quite scream it to everyone. I want fellow fans to connect with me, but I don’t want to alienate non-fans.

 

This collection of Harry Potter novelty items finds the perfect balance between kitsch and adult-appropriate.

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Harry Potter Novelty Items You Won’t Be Embarrassed to Have as an Adult

If you love Harry Potter, of course you want all the Harry Potter novelty items you can find. But if you're an adult, you need sophisticated HP swag like these options.

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If you love Harry Potter, of course you want all the Harry Potter novelty items you can find. But if you're an adult, you need sophisticated HP swag like these options.

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DIY Harry Potter Costumes (that have nothing to do with school uniforms)

Harry Potter remains one of the most popular costume sets for Halloween costumes. I fully support this choice. But sometimes, the school uniforms are just a bit boring. Never fear, you can support your love of the Harry Potter universe with these DIY Harry Potter costumes that have nothing to do with school uniforms.

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You’ll love these alternative DIY Harry Potter costumes!

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Rita Skeeter

I wish Rita was in every book. In all honesty, Rita is one of my favorite characters. It never bothered me that she made wild accusations, but I suppose, in the end, she wasn’t the best person ever. Perfect for a costume!

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Molly Weasly

If you look as much like Molly as this woman does, wear this costume and have done with it.

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Narcissa Malfoy

If you want to be one of the coolest and most aloof dark witches, Narcisia is for you.

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Mandrake

I love this costume idea for a baby. But you could also be an adult mandrake, if you wanted.

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Nearly Headless Nick and the Grey Lady

These ghostly costumes are quite elaborate. But I bet you could be recognized with a little less effort.

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Buckbeak

Dress up like a mythical creature! I’m going to this year. 🙂

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The Snitch

Everyone will want to catch you if you dress up like this, so watch out.

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Harry’s Patronus

You don’t have to dress as Harry’s patronus, but if you do, definitely use this as your inspiration.

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Dobby

Dress as Dobby for instant fame and if you are currently running low on socks.

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The Book

Sometimes dressing up as the literal Harry Potter book is the right choice. Pick your favorite, and create!

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Last-Minute Geeky Costumes

Twilight Couple’s Costume

The Martian Halloween Costume

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Lit Lovers Link Party

Lit lovers link party

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