Trimming Down on Book and Magazine Clutter

Posted on July 01, 2011

There are few homes devoid of random books and magazines that tend to collect in common living areas and home offices. But when holiday guests are on the way, it is a must that these piles be eradicated, or at least trimmed down. But how do you decide what to get rid of and what to treasure possibly forever? HGTV suggests that you ask yourself the following questions:

  • When was the last time I read this book?
  • Will I read it again?
  • If a reference book, is it current? If so, have I consulted it in the last year?
  • If it's a cookbook, do I use it? Hint: the presence of food stains indicates a keeper.
  • Is this a textbook from my old school days?
  • Is the book a classic?
  • Does the book have intrinsic value — is it a signed copy, first or collectible edition?
  • Is the book out-of-print or hard to replace?
  • Is this a book I've borrowed and need to return?

Whatever books you deem are not worthy to remain on your bookshelf should be donated to a local library, school or charity. You can also recycle them.

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