by Vikki Anderson
Many of us have large book cases filled with hard and soft cover books that we have read many years ago or the ones that we have yet to read. Have you thought about donating your “read” books to your local library or your school’s library? What are you really going to do with them anyway? Once you have read a book (and sometimes you may read it twice or thrice), it becomes a dust collector and another bit of clutter.
Once your “must have” or “must keep” books are in your book case, try a little variety. Lay some down horizontally and others in the vertical position. This will balance the yin/yang energy in the room. Horizontal books bring in quiet and laid back energies (yin), while vertical books bring in active and energetic energies (yang). You may also wish to put various colored book covers on your cherished items — these colors should be appropriate to the area of the gua in which the book case(s) are located.
If your book case is filled with old magazines, donate them to a nursing home or doctor’s office OR you can give them to friends who may not be able to afford a subscription to the magazines you currently order. An easy way of de-cluttering is to throw them out as soon as you’ve read them or just cut out the articles of interest and put them in a folder. I actually put a folder such as this in the car so that when there is traffic or any type of delay, I can pull out these articles and get something of value completed instead of just waiting around and getting angry.
This is just another example of decluttering your home a step at a time to find the positive opportunities and voluntary simplicity that we all long to have in our lives.