Let's be honest book friends. Book lovers are closet book hoarders. How many novels and or book club reads do you have laying around your home? Tomes on shelves, under your bed, in boxes and in every nook and cranny. Books you will sadly never read again because they didn't make it on your 'Desert Island Keeper' shelf - definition of: *If you could choose one or two books to be stranded on a desert island with which ones would they be?
Those books are your precious keepsakes and you will read them over and over again for life. But for the novels that did not make it on your DIK shelf what do you do with them? I've got some ideas so let's get some SPRING cleaning done!
One book's trash is another book lover's treasure
Have a spring time book exchange - at your next book club have the host send an email asking everyone to bring novels they are ready to give away and hopefully find a new home. FYI: trying not to state the obvious but no book club reads allowed!
Your local library:
Take your unwanted novels to your local library and drop them off no questions asked
Amazon trade in program
Receive an Amazon gift card for your used books (you can trade in other used items as well!)
Donate to your local Goodwill or other donation center - books are tax deductible
Have any religious or inspirational books? Churches may want them for the church library
Sell your books online withBookScouter.com
Spread the word! Build a FREE library and place it outside your home. Free libraries are a wonderful way to get your community into reading, exchanging and sharing. You can keep it real simple by taking a used two shelf bookcase add your unwanted novels and place it out front in a safe but visible spot. This website has more info to get you started!
E-readers: If you are a 'hardy copy purist' do not continue reading. E-readers are an obvious choice to keep e-books organized and your home clutter free. Amazon.com has E-readers and tablets in all prices, colors, shapes and sizes. Making life just a little bit easier
Here's hoping these spring book cleaning tips will get you organized this season so you can be ready for the arrival of fresh books!