It’s a big ask, I know, getting rid of beloved books! But owning what you love in your home means that you will never be tidying up items that mean nothing to nobody. We do this easily when we ask our kids to choose which books they love the most…and get rid of the rest!
Keeping things that are precious to you, treasures, things that are useful and you enjoy using. This is always going to be the basis for keeping things minimal and your house less cluttered.
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Your kids know where their things are because they use them all the time.
My daughter has decided to keep all of the things that she has enjoyed reading over the years. Even the books from being much smaller. She has one shelf, it’s not immaculate. It’s full, but not cluttered either. She knows what’s there, and it’s not in any special order. It’s just what she chooses to keep.
We keep A LOT of books as Ebooks, we get a hard copy if they really love it.
If I let her buy every book, or if we just kept it all, there would be three times these many bookshelves. But we choose to keep the ones that we love.
I mean, some of these books are so old. One that I had when I was a child, and some I read to my oldest who is 25 now. Books that he had when he was small, and I’ve read a hundred times over, I’m sure.
My son doesn’t treasure as much in the way of books. He has a few series that he enjoyed, Roald Dahl, Harry Potter, but he also has Pokemon and Lego manuals.(such a boy!). He also has a few
He has a simple bookshelf filled with items of value to him.
Decluttering doesn’t have to be a major overhaul and the end result doesn’t have to be immaculate. It doesn’t have to be that they have very little, your kids need to have a space they can relax in filled with things they love.
We could buy them 1000 books, but if they don’t even know they own them, what’s the point? I mean, seriously, what’s the point?
And so, my encouragement to you is, ask your kids what do they want to keep. What books do they really love?
Sit down and filter through them one by one. “Do we really need to keep this?
If we’ve got shelves and shelves of books, do we need to keep them all? Is there some other kid that’s going to enjoy them more? Is there some other way that we can keep these books without having to have them physically in our space?
Maybe books are so incredibly precious to your young person they can’t bear to part with a single one, then there will be other items in their room they will be able to clutter. Maybe they have too many clothes, shoes or toys?
I hope that it can be an encouragement to you that decluttering doesn’t have to be an awful thing to do. It’s making sure that you own only what you need and love, and know where it is.