Self-Care Challenge (Day 304): Organizing My Books

Stacks of books on the floor

Books are my guilty pleasure.

(I take that back–I don’t feel the slightest bit guilty about my collection of books after all.)

Love of learning is among my top 5 VIA (Values in Action) Signature Strengths, and books certainly fill that need for me. Couple that with my introverted personality type, and it’s easy to see why I’ve accumulated so many of them over the years. I thrive in a contemplative state. That’s where my greatest ideas come from.

For those two reasons alone, it’s easy to see how books have been taking up more and more space in my life over the years. I’ve tried thinning them down, but since I mostly read non-fiction I tend re-read a lot of them, gaining new insights from my recent life experiences that I didn’t pick up on during the first reading.

I’ve had to repurchase a handful of books after donating them, thinking that I gotten what I needed from them already and was ready to pass them along to another reader.

And while I have, and still do, use my Kindle to read some things, I like to underline, highlight, and write in my books, processing the words as I go, and integrating them into practical nuggets of wisdom for my own life.

Yesterday, I had to accept the fact that it was time to add another bookshelf to my office. My books were becoming far too crowded, and I was having to resort to stacking and double shelving them. (Perhaps the fact that my first job was in a library made this practice unacceptable to me.)

Suffice it to say that I feel much better about their living conditions now. They are sorted and organized by topic, and have plenty of room to breathe. Now I can find what I need when I need it much more easily.

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