A Mini Book Declutter – December 2020

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Over the past few months I’ve been slowly amassing more books. This is either from picking them up from the little libraries around my neighborhood or taking books back from my parents houses. The shelf on my Billy bookshelf has slowly been getting fuller and there were books being squeaked on top of other books. 😱 The whole thing didn’t look cute, and that is a sign that somethings need to go. So that’s what todays post will be about.  

This is the before condition of my bookshelf. It’s not in the worst condition ever, but there is room for improvement. The first that happened was that I put the shit that didn’t belong there away. Like my dusting cloth, the duct tape and the scissors.  

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LEAN IN SHERYL SANDBERG 
JOSEPH E. 
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STIGLITZ 
, THE BLUE BOOK OF STATIONERY 
CRANI 
Beyond the Global Cit 
Psycllogrographic 
STROLL 
Walking Tours Of Toronto 
Shawn M'callef 
J.G. BALLARD HIGH-RISE 
Nudge 
Improving 
CASS SUNSITIN 
Ilealtli, Wealtl•. antl 
WHOSE CITY? 
SECOND 
HANDMADE MARKETPLACE 
EDITION 
PAMELA BRITTON 
PERSUASION JANEAUSTEN 
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY 
WV 
BUSINESS 
ISA CHANDRA MOSKOWITZ 
VEGAN CUPCAKES TAKE OV 
TERRY HOPE ROMERO 
VEGAN FOR EVERYBO 
Illustrated 
Guide to Gardening 
in Canada 
VAN K REVELE 
PLANTING, PREPARING AND 
AMANDA ROOiN 
GroceryGardening 
PRESERVING FRESH FOOD 
SIMPLIFIED PLANNER. 
NAN CY ZIEMAN'S 
Sewing AtoZ 
100+ SEWING and QUILTING 
TIPS and TE@HNIQUES 
Slater 
Of Needlepoint FOR LEFT-HANDERs 
k'ÜCONWANY 
THE ULTIMATE KNITTING BOOK 
COMPLETELY UPDATED

After that I took everything off the shelf and sorted it into the following categories:  

  • Hobbies    
    • Yarn Based  
    • Sewing  
    • Gardening  
  • Cooking 
  • Business/self-development  
  • Architecture/design 
  • Fiction 
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Post Sorting – Although it does look the same

After that, I flipped through the books and determined what I want to keep and get rid of. The biggest ones I wanted to tackle were the two massive gardening books. Reader’s Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening and A Year in Gardening. As someone that only has a balcony to work with, I do not need two reference guides for gardening. Flipping through them, it was clean that the Illustrated Guide to Gardening was the keeper. It has a couple chapters on indoor plants and the information looked really cool.  

The Year in Gardening assumes you are in England, it did have a beautiful guide for what flowers and such will be in bloom at what point in the year which hopefully will be helpful to someone with a garden in my neighborhood. There were drawings and information that crossed over in both books. So the winner was clear.  

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and feeding. 
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given the 
Air plant 
(Kalanchoe pinnata) 
Aglaoncma modestum 
CÅ"mmon and botanical names, 
general characteristics 
Aglaonema, or Chinese evergreen 
(Aglaonetna modestum) 
Durable foliage plant of compact 
habit. Leaves are clustered on top 
of single slender cane. Il 2 ft. 
Air plant (Kalanchoe pinnata) 
Succulent plant with heads of green 
flowers tinged with purple. Plantlets 
form on leaf margins. Il 11/2-3 ft. 
Aloe, or Burn plant (Aloe vera) 
Rosette-fortning succulent plant. 
Leaves contain sap said to heal burns 
and other skin afflictions. Il 2 ft. 
Aluminum plant (Pilea cadierei) 
Bushy little plant of dainty habit. 
Also called watermelon pilea. 
Il 10-12 in. Dwarf aluminum plant 
(P. c. minima) is suitable for 
terrariums and bottle gardens. Il 5 in. 
Aralia, false, or threadleaf 
(Dizygothcca elegantissima) 
Graceful, upright shrub often 
used as floor accent. Il 4-8 ft. 
Aralia, Japanese (Fatsia japonica) 
Handsome, upright plant useful as 
decorative, bold accent in rootny 
interiors. Il 4-10 ft. 
Leaves 
Lance shaped, 
leathery, waxy, 
green. To 
8 in. long. 
Scalloped, 
fleshy, tinged 
with red. 
Dagger shaped, 
blue-green, 
spotted with 
white when young. 
Deep veins give 
quilted effect; 
silver markings. 
Light 
Maximum 
direct sun 
best, but 
tolerates 
diffused. 
Maximum 
direct sun. 
Maximum 
direct 
sun. 
Diffused. 
(Dizygotheca elegantissima) 
Special requirements and remarks 
Average to high humidity. Keep soil moist, 
not soggy. Feed every 2 mo. Needs little 
attention. Grow in water or general- 
purpose soil mix. Minimum temperature: 
160-180C. 
Average humidity. Water only as soil dries. 
Needs little care. Use general-purpose 
soil mix with double amount of sand. 
Minimum temperature: 180C. 
Tolerant of dry conditions. Allow soil to 
dry out between waterings. Use desert- 
cactus soil mix (p. 371 Minimum 
temperature: 100-130C. 
Requires high humidity. Keep soil moist, 
not soggy. Fertilize lightly every 2 mo. 
Pinch off tip growth. Use general- 
purpose soil mix. Minimum tetnperature: 
160-1 soc. 
Average to high humidity. Keep soil moist, 
not soggy. Feed monthly spring to fall. 
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dark green, about 
16 in. across. 
Moderate 
or diffused. 
Moderate 
or diffused.

Next was looking through random knitting and crochet patterns that I have. I took pictures of the patterns in books that didn’t have enough to be worth keeping the whole book and I added those patterns into my OneNote and put the books into my outbound pile. 

That method was the same for the cook books.

I got rid of the urban planning/design books that didn’t talk about Canada, and one landscaping book since I have a feeling the world of design has evolved past it, as it was published in the 80’s. 

I kept all the personal development books as I’m working my way through them. I’ve always had the intention of putting them back in the little libraries once I was done with them so I’m not emotional attached them. 

I’m really happy that all the books I’m keeping fit on the shelf. There’s even room to fit more if I wanted to in the future.   

PAMELA BRITTON 
PERSUASION 
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY JANEAUSTEN 
BALLARD HIGH-RISE 
lod,qeB 
STROLL 
Psychogeogrölphi(.- 
Shawn Mtcallef 
Walking Taurs of Toronto 
Beyond the g 
NAOMI 
4VlNDOWS D % 
RICHARD ll. THALER 
Nudge 
Improsung Decisions About 
AND SUNSTEIN 
licalth. \Vealth. and llappiness 
WHY YOUR WORLDIS ABOUT 
—TO GET A WHOLE LOT SMALLER-.........!E- 
Stuff White Peo le Like 
LEAN IN SHERYL SANDBERG 
JOSEPH E, 
STIGLITZ 
ISA CHANDRA MOSKOWITZ 
VEGAN CUPCAKES TAKE OVER TYE WORLD 
TERRY ROMERO 
VEGAN FOR 
VAN K REVELE 
PLANTING, PREPARING AND 
GroceryGardening 
PRESERVING FOOD 
GORDO, W0RLD KITCHEN 
SALSA BOOK 
Miller 
FUCK OFF, I'M COLORING 
SIMPLIFIED PLANNER. 
SECOND 
HANDMADE MARKETPLACE 
EDITION 
WNER 
BUSINESS 
Eva Sterling 
The Perfect Fit 
Illustrated 
Guide to Gardening 
in Canada 
CRANE&CO. 
THE BLUE BOOK OF STATIONERY 
SWEATERS VOU c AN 8 . 
THE ULTIMATE KNITTING BOOK 
COVIPLETELY REVISED & UPDATED
After this photo was taken I reorganized by height

But where is everything that was decluttered going? I’m going to go for a walk and drop when off/return them to the little libraries around my neighborhood. Also return the books that I borrowed from my parents or friends.  

One thought on “A Mini Book Declutter – December 2020

  1. Great article!
    I find it challenging getting rid of books but giving them to others who can get more enjoyment of them makes a lot of sense. I’m inspired to tackle my own bookshelf declutter

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