Let's be honest book friends. Book lovers are closet book hoarders. How many novels and or book club reads do you have lying around your home? Novels on shelves, books gathering dust under your bed or in boxes in every nook and cranny. Tomes you will sadly never read again because they didn't make it on your 'DIK' list, or 'Desert Island Keeper'. If you could only bring one or two books to be stranded on a desert island with which ones would you choose? Usually it's the ones that you will read 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 for you book friends so let's get some SPRING cleaning done!
One's book trash is another book lovers treasure
Have a spring time book exchange - At your next book club, have the host send out an email for everyone to bring their book discards to the next meeting. Exchange books with your friends and or make it a book exchange game if you want. Not stating the obvious - 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 - check it out!)
Donate to your local thrift shop Donation centers make it so easy now with drop boxes sprinkled around town or call to have them pick it up. Books are tax deductible
Have any religious or inspirational books? Churches may want them for the church library
Sell your books online You may just have some novels that are worth something. Extra cash for your books 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 simple by taking a used two shelf bookcase, adding your unwanted novels and position it out front in a safe but visible spot. This build your own library website has more info to get you started!
Looking for ideas and help in creating your own library space in your home? Check out Expert tips to create a functional library in any space of your home on Redfin. See tip eleven from your very own ~ Go Beyond Book Club!
*To the e-reader fans: 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!
Updated on 1/2022
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