I’m a huge fan of Apartment Therapy’s annual January Cure program. Every day during a set period in January, a daily task shows up in your inbox for what to clean in your home. Some days it’s as simple as cleaning a single drawer. Other days, it’s a monumental task such as finding all of the loose papers in your entire house and sorting through them. Taking that as my inspiration, as well as my own need to tidy up, find below a series of tasks that will help you clean up your shelves.
Each of these can be done alone—give yourself a single task per day, depending on the time you’ve got available—or you can do many tasks at once. There are subtasks within the tasks, and again, feel free to take them day by day or all at once. Not all of these will be relevant for everyone and that’s okay. Skip ’em.
In addition to the lists below, I’ve also embedded some fun graphics for you to save or print and check off as you go. Those are abbreviated versions of the text, perfect for referencing during your work.
Tasks are divided by physical spring cleaning tasks and digital. There will be crossover among the two, but I find it easier to conceive of all the things worth cleaning by doing so.
Get ready. Get set. It’s go time!
The Ultimate Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Books
Digital Tasks Clear your library holds list and any other online library-related list, app, or database you may have of titles that no longer interest you. Don’t have a digital account with your library? Create it! Set up your accounts. Pay any outstanding library fines. Update your LibraryThing and/or Goodreads accounts. Ensure your digital library, if you keep one, reflects your physical library. Go through your to-be-read and remove or add titles as appropriate. Revisit shared quotes and remove those you no longer wish to hold on to, as well as add those you’ve been meaning to add. Write reviews of outstanding books that you’ve meant to and haven’t. Delete “review to come” or other similar language from books you have no time or interest in writing one for from those titles in your library. Visit Amazon, B&N, or any other online retailer where you maintain a wish list and clear out titles that no longer spark interest or move them from those lists to centralized lists on Goodreads/LibraryThing/your library account. Open your audiobook apps and update them if necessary. Download audiobooks on the cloud you wish to read and remove or archive those which are finished. Leave reviews of titles, if appropriate. Update your ereader’s software, as well as any apps you regularly use. Download books on the cloud you wish to read and remove or archive those which are finished. Leave reviews of titles on retailer sites or Goodreads/LibraryThing as appropriate. Update each and every password for every digital account you have. #WeedingBooks #HowTo #Lists #SpringCleaning