I started out this year obsessed with decluttering. It's now turned into fanaticism because, in my effort to get organized, I have created various stacks around my house to donate, to toss, to return, to recycle, to pass on to friends, to file, etc. These stacks are out of control and may not be helping my cause. It is supposed to get worse before it gets better, right?
There are two stacks that I am particularly proud of: BOOKS TO KEEP and BOOKS TO SWAP. My husband and I are voracious readers. We spend a lot of time and money on books. As much as we would love to hold onto all of them, we need to keep tight control of our book selection until the glorious day arrives when we are able to have our own library. (A girl can dream, can't she?!) So, almost exactly a year ago, I joined http://www.paperbackswap.com/ to help manage our bookshelves. It's been a great experience.
Paperbackswap is basically a FREE online book swap community. Initially, I simply committed to swap twelve books. By doing so, I instantly earned three points to "spend." Each book I request "costs" me a point and each book I send out "earns" me a point. You can buy points too, but I've never had to do that.
I've swapped over 40 books over the course of a year. This week, I received two books that I waited a few months for: A Thousand Splendid Suns and Water for Elephants. (These popular books had a long wait time, but most books do not). I didn't mind waiting and can't wait to dive into these books, although if they're anything like Kite Runner, I'm sure I will be up all night reading.
Like I need more dark circles under my eyes.