Why I Think Unhauling Books Can Be Very Healthy And Beneficial

August 11, 2019

Disclaimer : this is not an attack toward people who enjoy having pretty shelves/having a lot of books. You do you boo, there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m talking about what works for me 🙂

I moved houses a couple of weeks ago. We finally did it, moved to our new apartment and we’re not planning on moving again (for the record, I moved three times in the last two and a half years and it was exhausting). To make a long story short, back when we first moved in 2017, I had put a few of my books in boxes and down the basement they went, until we got a bigger apartment to store them in. And so 2019 rolled in, we have a new apartment and incidentally, I got my carefully-boxed-in-2017 books back.

Except, two and a half years is a long time. And I guess, when you say it like that, it’s not, right ? Except back in 2017, I was 18 and I’m now 20 years old and boy, have I changed A LOT.

Getting all my old books back felt weird. It also felt suffocating. Suddenly here I was with too many books, many of which I didn’t like anymore or I hadn’t liked in the first place but kept to maintain a semblance of “I-Have-My-Shit-Together-Look-At-My-Shelves” when really it was the opposite (having our shit together ? not in this house, ma’am).

I realized that my headspace has tremendously changed and I no longer feel like I have to keep these books. I looked at most of my old books and knew they didn’t belonged there with me anymore.

Un-hauling these books (i.e giving them to charity/selling them) felt so freaking good and it’s not something I thought I would ever feel. But the truth was, I was suffocated by them. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with giving your books again. Sometimes, I’m under the impression that there’s a pressure when you’re in the book community to have pretty shelves (you know, the “Instagrammable” type of shelves) but I then realized, it was a pressure I was putting on myself. No one was forcing me to keep them. And so I gave them away and it was… freeing. There’s something so nice about knowing that the books you own are the books you love.

Anyways, that’s it for today !
What do you feel works for you ? Do you un-haul books often ?

Tell me below, I’d love to talk !

By the way, not that anyone cares but I wanted to let y’all know that I’m going on vacation for the next two weeks so if I don’t answer to the (non-existing) comments, that’s why ! I’ll also post less (worse than usual I mean). I do have one post schedule but ya know.

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