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Tiny House KonMari: Books Revisited, Rules Broken

Remember my book post from the other day? Well, right after I posted it, my mom surprised me by pulling out about four tubs of books that we had been storing at her house. Now some of these I remembered, but many of them I had completely forgotten that we even owned. I found myself returning once again to books. Sigh. So much for being done.


In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo says that anything you forget the first time through immediately goes into the discard pile. I'm not ashamed to say that I completely disregarded this rule on more than one occasion, and this book resurfacing was the biggest glaring example of this.

I did not give these books the full KonMari treatment because I didn't have the time or mental energy to do so. All of these books were holdovers from our university days that we simply packed up when we moved. There were many textbooks, a number of classics from my many lit classes, some random self-help type books that I think we must have picked up as "prizes" after school events because I know we didn't buy them, and a number of token graduate-gift books. Interspersed here and there were some of the novels Chris owned before we got married as well as books written by some of our professors and music books from Chris's guitar-playing days.

All the of the random self-help books and grad gifts went into the discard pile. Most of the textbooks were passed along. I kept most of my lit-class novels and anthologies because I wasn't sure if I was ready to part with them or not, especially since we plan to homeschool. I kept some of the more meaningful books our professors had written as well as all of Chris's pre-marriage fiction and music collection (because it's not mine to discard, and he wasn't around when I was going through it all). I even found his Lord of the Rings anthology that we had been missing, and that was the only book I actually brought home.

All in all, I think we managed to reduce that pile of books by at least half, and my mom was happy to keep storing it until our addition is finished. This is also a big no-no in the KonMari world, but I live in the real world, and this works for all of us right now.

Posts in this series:

  1. Tiny House KonMari
  2. Tiny House KonMari: Why Tidy?
  3. Tiny House KonMari: My Clothes
  4. Tiny House KonMari: The Morning After
  5. Tiny House KonMari: Closet Before and After
  6. Tiny House KonMari: My Shoes
  7. Tiny House KonMari: Kids' Clothes
  8. Tiny House KonMari: His Clothes
  9. Tiny House KonMari: Books
  10. Tiny House KonMari: Books Revisted, Rules Broken

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