Day 23: Books, CDs & DVDs {Spring Cleaning Made Easy}

Spring Cleaning Made Easy: 31 Mini Tasks to a Clean Home at lifeyourway.netThis month we’re spring cleaning the easy way with our Spring Cleaning Made Easy series! The goal is to get the whole house clean — one mini task at a time — without having to set aside a whole week, or even a whole day, to clean.

Today’s goal is to sort through your books, CDs & DVDs — decluttering those that you no longer want or need and organizing what’s left!

Day 23: Books, CDs & DVDs {Spring Cleaning Made Easy} at lifeyourway.net
source: Paull Young

Books

Last year Rachel shared her reasons for keeping a small home library, and she started by describing books as the most contentious area to simplify or minimize in a home. There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s right, and I personally list children’s books as one thing that I won’t declutter. {For a great discussion on home libraries, be sure to hop over to this week’s Weekly Reads post and join in the conversation in the comments!).

Because this is such a personal decision, I won’t try to lay out specific numbers or guidelines for how many books you should own. But I would encourage you to take time to go through your book collection, evaluate why you’re keeping each book and declutter those that you don’t love or don’t plan to reread.

I actually decluttered a whole shelf of books this week. We’ve kept the books we consider “twaddle” {a term coined by Charlotte Mason to refer to dumbed down literature} on a low shelf for our toddlers.  This gives them more freedom to pick up a book to “read” without worrying about the books we love getting torn or written in (although we still obviously discourage both of those things!). However, our youngest is now 3.5 and pretty respectful of books, so we packed away the twaddle until our new little one reaches the toddler stage.

I absolutely think it’s okay to have an extensive home library if you’re building it intentionally and love being surrounded by books, but I think it’s important to keep it organized and decluttered as well so that you don’t fall into the trap of collecting books just for the sake of saying you have so many of them!

CDs & DVDs

Although I don’t know many people who are still actively building their CD collections, many of us still have large collections from back in the day. And many people do enjoy collecting DVDs. So what are you to do with all of your great music and movies? You have a few options:

  • Take the CDs/DVDs out of their cases and use a CD sleeve instead so that your collection doesn’t take up much space. This is what we’ve done with our CDs, and I love that they’re so condensed, but the downside to doing this with DVDs is that we can’t really give away or sell those now because we don’t have the cases to put them in, so I’ve stopped doing it with movies.
  • Digitize your music and pack away the physical copies. {Keep in mind that technically you shouldn’t give those away if you’re keeping the music for your personal use.}
  • Keep the CDs/DVDs you love in their cases and organize them on a shelf for your enjoyment!

Services like Spotify and Netflix are great options for families who love music and movies because you can enjoy those things through your subscription without actually purchasing them, which cuts down on your physical and digital clutter.

Track your progress this month with the Spring Cleaning Made Easy checklist, which comes in two versions — one with dates to coincide with the live series and one with generic labels so you can do it on your own at another time. Click here to download or print your copy!

Tomorrow we’ll be deep cleaning the family room — hopefully we’ll find some change in the couch cushions!

How big is your collection of books, CDs or DVDs?

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