Book end: Contest reveals the secrets of demolishing cluttering

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  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 5:52 p.m.

    Keep the books! Throw away the TV.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    What would we be without our books and our endless plastic buckets of wheat?

  • Logit ,
    Jan. 13, 2014 4:38 p.m.

    Interesting story--especially the psychological angle to clutter and cleaning it up. For instance, I once read of a mental health counselor who told clients to go home and "clean out a drawer," along with whatever other more specific therapy she was prescribing. The idea was this: getting rid of physical baggage is a step towards, and is symbolic of, getting rid of mental clutter also. Good advice!

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Jan. 13, 2014 3:52 p.m.

    I once went to an estate sale where there were dozens of book nooks in the home. I knew the estate sale proprietors and at the end of the sale they asked me if I wanted to buy all the leftovers for $25. It was a small pick-up load. I listed about 400 on amazon and for months I was sending books to places far and wide. Then book sales fell off drastically and I was left with hundred of books. I have donated, traded, and sent many books to paper recycle. I don't regret having had thousands of books pass through my vehicles on their way to odd places, but I can tell you that selling books is no longer a brisk business to have. Keep the ones you really treasure and find new homes for the surplus. Now I need to follow that advice.

  • Maurice McBride Roanoke, VA
    Jan. 13, 2014 3:45 a.m.

    On a Saturday morning some years ago, my wife and I went to a yard sale hosted by the Young Women in our ward. I, of course, went straight to the table with old books. I picked up several items everyone should have in their home library, works by Shakespeare, Milton, Asimov, and Gary Larson. I knew I would want to get around to reading them someday. As I was paying for them, I saw my name was already written inside the front cover. Without consulting me, my wife, wanting to de-clutter the house, had donated the same used books I had long ago purchased – probably at a YW yard sale.

  • Vernal Mom Vernal, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 7:22 p.m.

    We put most of our books on the "free" table when we have a yard sale. One lady backed her beat up car to this table, and dumped every single book in the trunk without looking at any of the titles. Then she drove off......Enjoy!

    Don't forget Senior Centers or Golden Age Centers in your town. Sometimes I have taken books there for Senior Citizens to enjoy.

    Love all of the ideas!

  • Michael De Groote
    Jan. 9, 2014 7:43 p.m.

    There are also charities, I think, that send books to schools.

    There are some places (places with better weather, I assume) where people put the books in boxes on corners as a sort of free take and leave library. You could always do that too. Put out a table on a good day with a sign that says free books. It is fun to see people come and go through them.

    I keep some books in our guest room for guests to take.

    Any other ideas?

  • Michael De Groote
    Jan. 9, 2014 7:42 p.m.

    One reader emailed me and asked about where the books should go. Ryan and I are planning on selling a few of the more People could donate various books to various institutions — such as the veteran’s hospital. You could also give them to Deseret Industries or Goodwill.
    It is relatively easy to sell books on eBay and, I think, Amazon. classifieds are also ways to sell books.
    You could also take the books to a local bookseller such as (in Salt Lake) Sam Wellers at Trolley Square, Benchmark books, Greg Kofford books or a few other places and let them see if they would like to buy any of them. If you donate them to the city library, they probably won’t put them on the shelves. They will generally sell them to raise money.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    Jan. 9, 2014 1:46 p.m.

    There is nothing quite so liberating as taking boxes of junk that were filling up your home to the dump or the DI. It's a great feeling.