Books are one of those things that I find hard to get rid of and as a result, we have shelves and shelves of them. I think it might be a genetic condition because both of my daughters have a love for books (and magazines) and an inability to get rid of any of them as well. Unfortunately, we only have so many bookshelves and a purge is necessary. In case you find yourself in a similar situation, here are 10 ways to recycle your old books.
1. Donate to your local library
Bring your gently used books to your local library. Some libraries will even accept donations of magazines especially if they are educational.
2. Donate to Better World Books
Better World Books collects and sells books online to donate books and fund literacy initiatives worldwide. From their site, “Better World Books supports book drives and collects used books and textbooks through a network of over 2,300 college campuses and partnerships with over 3,000 libraries nationwide. So far, the company has converted more than 250 million books into over $24 million in funding for literacy and education. In the process, we’ve also diverted more than 250 million books from landfills.”
3. Donate to a local charity
Bring your boxes of used books to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or other local charity.
4. Make A Bouquet Of Paper Roses
I’m partial to this idea because I have a few of these roses around my apartment. If you can’t seem to keep a plant alive for more than a day or two, these will be your new best friend.
5. Turn Your Books Into Planters
This is for the book-nerds who turn a page with a green thumb. Cut a space into a thick book (your old textbooks would work perfectly) and plant some adorable succulents inside to display in your kitchen or on your desk.
6. Make Your Old Books Into Scrapbooks Or Frames
It’s time to channel your inner Leslie Knope and get your scrapbooking on. Glue pages together to make thicker and more durable scrapbook pages and place photos, notes, or ticket stubs to make the perfect memory book. You can also turn your old books into frames by carving out the front of a hardcover book and placing a photo inside!
7. Get Creative With Shelving
If you aren’t stoked about the idea of getting rid of your books or are just looking for a new way to spruce up your living space, get creative with your storage. Invest in some cute frames and turn them into art pieces for showcasing your old or unused books.