Challenge Update – Decluttering my books!

Last month I set myself a challenge, to declutter my books! You can read all about how I came to this decision here. I got started on this challenge last week, so I thought it was time for an update.

I spent a whole day going through all the titles I had on the shelves in my bedroom, and organizing them all into three sections. One for what I hadn’t read yet, one for what I had read and wanted to keep, and one for what I wanted to get rid of.

A mountain of books covered my bed, in piles that only really made sense to me. My daughter thought it was Christmas with all those books everywhere for her to ‘read’ and drive her toy cars all over.

I couldn’t believe how many I was hoarding that I would never read again. There they were, just taking up space where so many more wonderful books could be! So many books that I could trade in for credit, or donate, or give to people who would really enjoy them.

So I got started. And I was pretty ruthless!

The Results!

There were a total of 454 books on my bedroom shelves. Out of the 454, there were 144 that I hadn’t yet read, so these all got sorted onto one shelf. The ‘To Be Read’ Shelf, aka ‘The Shelf of Shame’. Already looking at this shelf has motivated me to read more. I have set myself a number I would like to read from this shelf before I allow myself any rereads of old favourites *cough SHADOWHUNTERS cough*. I am currently thinking of making a bookshelf display to keep track of my goals! More on that later.

So this left 310 books scattered all over my bed. Out of the remaining 310 books I decided to keep 146 of them. These are all books I really enjoyed! Books I will read again, or that I would recommend to a friend in a heartbeat. Having less clutter around meant all the favourites were now clearly on display, and this was making me happy.

After all of this, a pile of 164 books is what was left. That’s 164 books I did not want to keep! Think of how much space these 164 books were taking up on my shelves, just getting in the way.

They are all currently piled up underneath the bedroom window, waiting for friends and family to come and browse through them. Once they have taken what they would like it’ll be time to sort them into ones I can swap for credit, and ones I can donate. Hopefully they will all find homes and people will get a lot of joy out of them!

I am still working on making my shelves look pretty, so photos of those will have to wait till I am happy with the decor. I can’t wait to show you all!

So What’s Next?

Next step on this journey is to sort through all the titles I have been collecting for my daughter. She is only a toddler now so has lots of picture books, but by the time she is properly reading I want her to have an amazing library to discover! I have been picking up all my childhood favourites to put away for her, and it’s time I went through them all. I need to work out what I still need to look out for and add to her shelf.

What were some of your childhood favourites?



  1. Darque Dreamer

    June 9, 2017 at 12:10 pm

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    1. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

      June 12, 2017 at 9:50 am

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  2. Cass, Words on Paper (@cc9309)

    June 20, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Wow! I’m in awe… I don’t even have space in my room to try and put them all on stacks all neat like you did. I did do a big re-shelving a few years ago, and there was barely any space around my room to move, I had to like tip-toe around, God forbid if I nudged a book and a stack came tumbling down! >_< I'm currently doing a feature on my blog where I go through 5 oldest books on my TBR and decide whether to keep or let go. And this is after already going through my shelves in the past and taking out those I want to sell. Why do I have so many books? Why are they so pretty?! Argh!! #bookwormproblems

    1. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

      June 21, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Haha this was only 2 shelves worth! I have about 4 shelves throughout my house that I need to sort out eventually too. Oops 🙊

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