Decluttering

Decluttering | Switching to Ebooks

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So, in the past I have written quite a bit on decluttering and finding balance in my life. You can find some of those posts here, decluttering. I have done many book unhauls and I have gone through quite a bit of my belongings. But, there is one thing I always have difficulty with keeping organized and a bay, my books.

While I know there is quite a bit of talk around books and Marie Kondo, much of it being misquotes and unfair towards her in my option.  Anyway, this is a method I have used to get my life organized and it has helped me quite a bit. Anyway, I digress. Books are still an area I have trouble with, an area I spend a ton of money on. I want to change this.

I currently have 3 bookshelves that are filled with books stuffed all over the place. I don’t feel joy when I look at it, in fact I feel as though I am doing the books a disservice. They look uncared for and unloved, which is far from the truth. Forty of these books are unread, the rest have been read and have found a place in my heart where I can’t currently part with them. Here is the problem, at this point all of the books I own I love and want to keep, but I have no room.

To rectify this I have decided to try and make the switch to ebooks. I already own a kindle, the most basic one, it would not cost me anymore money to make the switch. While I do use it from time to time, I do overall enjoy using it. It is light and I can carry it around with me without worrying about it becoming bent or ripped.

While I know this decision might be controversial to some, I too love reading a physical book. But, it is the best route that I can think of for my own personal journey. I feel like I am not giving my books justice and that just isn’t how I want to feel.

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What do you think about ebooks? Do you read off an ereader?

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13 thoughts on “Decluttering | Switching to Ebooks

  1. I like reading ebooks a lot. If you want to make the switch, go for it. I kind of wish there was a way to trade books in, kind of like how Vudu has a disc to digital program where you can pay a lower price if you have a physical dvd to get a digital copy.

    Going forward, though, I think this will save you a lot of space, money, and increase your peace of mind. Keep an eye on your Kindle emails because they may send you sales emails with $1.99 or so deals.

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    1. That would be amazing if they did something like that with books.

      I get like 3 emails a day from different websites about ebook deals. If one I own already in a hard copy and I need to read I end up getting it so I can part with the physical.

      Thanks for the support and sharing how you really enjoy reading ebooks.

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      1. You’re welcome. 🙂

        I’ve got a hard time parting with my hard copies, even if I do own the e-books. I think it depends on whether I find the physical copies aesthetically pleasing as well because then they serve that purpose as well.

        E-books also have the benefit of being able to take notes and they never fall out like a post it might.

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  2. I say that if you feel ebooks would work the best for you, go for it! I have so many physical books, and I love them and want to keep most of them forever, but recently I’ve started reading on my kindle a lot more. I love that I don’t have to worry about my bag being heavy because I want extra books in case I finish the one I’m currently reading, and a lot ebooks are pretty cheap/it’s easy to get stuff from the library!

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    1. Thanks for the support with the change. I can relate to finishing a book on the go and having a lot of time to keep reading, but not having anything because I was carrying around a book.

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  3. I exclusively read ebooks now. Once upon a time I was one of those people who waved off ebooks with a never!
    But part of the reason I switched was because I knew I’d be moving soon and wouldn’t have a place for my hundreds of books and honestly I haven’t looked back.

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