Bookshelf clutter (#Declutter2015 Challenge: Day 5)

Day 5 #Declutter2015: Bookshelf

Day 5 #Declutter2015: BookshelfAh, bookshelf clutter! I’m beginning to see that I have tendency to attract information. That’s why I seem to amass a lot of clutter in the form of paper, which I stack up unattractively on shelves. That’s what I targeted in today’s #declutter2015 challenge (now leaked into 2016).

In case you don’t know, the Declutter Challenge is a 9-day, 27-item clean fest. Every day for nine days, rid your home of 27 clutter items. Throw it away, give it away–but, by all means, don’t keep it!

Bookshelf Clutter Hides Hidden Treasures

Day 5 #Declutter2015: BookshelfI really struggled with this exercise today, because the very act of putting something on the bookshelf signifies to me that the information is worthy of keeping or looking at again–just as with a good book. You read a book, appreciate its (entertainment, educational) value and you put it on the bookshelf for future perusal. In my mind, the same goes for cassette tapes, CDs, photographs, old computer diskettes and other things.

I found myself dusting things off and putting them back on the shelf again–albeit more neatly this time–which made racking up 27 items to discard a bit more difficult. Remember the cassette tapes and computer diskettes mentioned above? I put them back on the shelf, even if I don’t have a cassette player or know what’s on the diskettes. What also went back on the shelf were German language textbooks, workbooks and notebooks. :-/

I also ran across this little postcard I designed when I ran a restaurant in Atlanta. That brought back memories… I discarded it, but just the sentimentality made it hard for me to toss.

Day 5 #Declutter2015: Bookshelf clutterJoin the Declutter Challenge! Just use #Declutter2015 or #Declutter2016 when you Tweet. Or Instagram proof of your 27 items.

If you come across this blog post in 2016 or later, go ahead and use the new #Declutter2016 hashtag; but if you already started decluttering at the end of 2015 like I did, that’s fine, use the old #Declutter2015 hashtag. (My guess is that the clutter you’re decluttering came from 2015, anyway.) If you’re still stuck on the date–don’t let that stop you from decluttering. Then send in your evidence of a decluttered day! Go ahead and post a link to your blog (with picture) to comments below!

Author: Cynthia T. Luna

Cynthia is a writer who found her true calling and gave herself permission to express her creativity. Helping other innately creative women find their purpose, create space for their passions, and live a more fulfilled life is one way she styles her living.

2 thoughts on “Bookshelf clutter (#Declutter2015 Challenge: Day 5)”

  1. Declutter I’m here for. I just culled my shelves at the beginning of last year and I’m finding myself having to do it again. Oh Boy! I guess the most important thing is that it gets done. 🙂

    1. Yeah… I’m noticing that this 9/27 rule is working well for me. On days 1 and 2, I was counting the items, but by day 3, the decluttering process had already taken on a pattern–in a good way, so each declutter day took less than half an hour. 🙂 I can see myself doing this again in the summer, because it feels so much fresher!

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