Simplified 365: The Bedroom - Day 17: Books

Simplified 365: The Bedroom - Day 17: Books

Today we’re moving on to books.  I know they’re in there. It’s time to figure out what to do with them all.  

Ask yourself a few questions about your books:

  • Where are they? 
  • How many? 
  • Are they covered in dust?
  • Have the same 6 on your bedside table been staring at you since 2016? Making you feel guilty for not reading them?
  • Is there a bookshelf elsewhere?
  • Where have you been keeping them?
  • Are there just books?
  • Library books?
  • Magazines?
  • School books?

Now think about your reading habits.  Do you normally read in the living room, in your favorite chair? Do you bring books to the bedroom, but end up falling asleep before you finish the first page? Are your schoolbooks scattered on the floor? Fiction piled on the bedside table? 

If you never seem to finish a book in your room, I’d say move them all out to a bookshelf in another room. If you feel overwhelmed by the number of books, consider paring them down, or purchasing (or borrowing) Kindle versions in the future.  Although I’ve always been a diehard “real books are better” type, and resisted getting a Kindle until 2017, I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever purchased.  Rather than having a stack of physical books that feel like a burden to read through, I have this one small device that only lets me see one at a time. It’s made the act of reading less overwhelming as well.  You can’t see that the book your reading is 3 inches think and think, oh man, how am I ever going to get through this?  It’s made reading fun again.  That being said, I don’t recommend eBooks for reference books you’ll be flipping through often.  The eBook format excels at books you’ll read in a linear fashion, such as fiction and biographies.  

If you decide reading physical books in bed at night is the way to go, then I would recommend having one small basket you keep all the books in.  When it’s overflowing, it’s time to move some back to a bookshelf, or donate.  If you’re an avid library book user, or have kids that are, it’s also helpful to have a separate library book basket.  That way, they have a home while they’re waiting to get read, and a place to return them to after reading but before heading back to the library.  

That’s all for today!  Tomorrow we’re shifting our focus to your master bathroom!

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