Daily Challenge Saturday Jul. 21, 2012

Everyday Well-Being

Spend 10 minutes looking at your books, and set the ones you no longer want aside for donation.

How to do it

Set a timer for 10 minutes, and pick any shelf on your bookcase. Start on the right hand side, and read the titles. Pull out any books that you just didn't like or that you will most likely never read again. Set them aside for donation. There are lots of places that would love your old titles: a local library, hospital, hospice, or Salvation Army.

Why it matters

Owning fewer things makes cleaning house much easier, and a cleaner house is a healthier house. If your bookcases have some open space to display a few treasured photographs or objects, they are easier to dust off and more pleasurable to look at. And passing on books that you have read (and will likely never read again) gives them new life in the hands of another reader.

Fun fact

For librarians, culling a collection of books is known as "weeding." Similar to a vegetable garden, books that have limited use to a particular collection are purged to make way for newer materials that will better serve the library's patrons.


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