By Marilyn Syarto
Even in this digital day and age, it still pains many people to hear that the monarch of minimalism, Marie Kondo, says we should only have 30 books in our homes. We’re all for decluttering books, but paring down to three dozen books seems extreme. Or does it?
According to the World Economic Forum, the average number of books that the average household in the United States has is about 114. So tossing around 80 books doesn’t seem all that bad, especially if it’ll clear your home of dust bunnies and potentially moldy paper. Or perhaps you’re simply trying to clear out space for new knick-knacks or pieces of furniture.
Thankfully, there’s a method to looking at your book collection and determining which ones you’re ready to part ways with. Our guide will walk you through the entire process, from knowing when it’s time to declutter books, how to get started cleaning house, and what to do with the books that no longer spark your interest.