When you’re downsizing your bookshelf, you can only keep the ones you enjoyed and would recommend to others. There’s no point keeping something that you’ve read once but haven’t enjoyed reading since. Also, consider keeping books that have sentimental value to you. If you haven’t read a book in a while, ask yourself why you keep it and if it is a classic that you want to share. If not, it’s time to take it off your shelf.
Keeping track of books you’ve read
Keeping track of the books you’ve read is a great way to stay organized and keep up with your reading habits. While some of us have a mild “forgetting curve,” others have a steep one. No matter how great a book is, the sooner we forget about it, the harder it is to remember it. Keeping track of your books will ensure that you don’t forget about any of them.
The simplest method of keeping track of the books you’ve read is to keep a book log. This can be a spreadsheet that records the name of the book, author, genre, length, and when you started and finished reading it. You can also rate each book based on its quality, character development, or pace. A book log can help you stay motivated to read more books! Here’s an example.
Libraries can also use library catalogs. Many books will come with cover art once they are scanned. Alternatively, you can upload your own custom image for each book. You can also add notes for future reference and even a brief summary of the book. LibraryThing also has extensive cataloguing capabilities. Users can sort books by author, title, page number, and publish year. There are also options for tagging books.
Decluttering your bookshelf
Before you start decluttering your bookshelf, you should know how to go about it. To start, you need to sort your books into smaller piles and decide what to do with each one. You can either donate them or place them on the shelves. This will give you more space on your bookshelf and make it easier to find the books you need later on. After you have sort your books, you should decide how many you want to keep per section.
Next, you should determine whether your books are sentimental. If you love a book, keep it on your bookshelf. You may want to consider donating it to a good home, but you can also sell it to make room for a new one. Before getting rid of it, you should first read the book’s first chapter to determine whether or not it is worth preserving. Make sure not to let your emotions get in the way of the clearing process, because your goal is to get rid of the books you no longer want to keep.
Another good reason to declutter your bookshelf is because it can help rekindle your love of reading. Almost every home has a bookshelf that holds your favorite books, as well as a few old textbooks that are no longer relevant to you. Whether you have thematic or color-coordinated bookshelves, make sure they are all properly organized. By doing this, your bookshelf will be the most enjoyable place to read and browse.