Mental Health Book Unhaul: How it helped my anxiety

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*TW: Even though this is a book unhaul it is still a mental health related post*

Hello! Be prepared to be shocked and horrified a book unhaul is upon us. Mental health for me personally seems to be touch and go. Example: I had 900+ books. Everytime something “negative” would happen I would automatically buy books to make myself feel better. Now I’m on the opposite end where seeing a full bookshelf causes me anxiety.

Just for a reference for how bad my binge spending was check out this Instagram post: Mental Health binge spending

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Mental health book unhaul: the gifted ones

Starting off with this books that I unhauled. They were ones I either had ebook copies for, or was no longer interested in reading them.

Time to unhaul some books! Let’s see whose up first shall we..

  1. Percy Jackson and The Lightning Theif  by Rick Riordan
  2. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
  3. Mean Girls by Micol Ostow
  4. A mad zombie party by Gena Showalter
  5. Legend by Marie Lu
  6. The Huntress by Kate Quinn
  7. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  8. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  9. If I was your girl by Meredith Russo
  10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristof
  11. The lost hero by Rick Riordan
  12. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  13. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  14. Percy Jackson and the Titans Curse by Rick Riordan
  15. The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter
  16. Love walked in by Marisa De Los Santos
  17. Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
  18. Blue lily, Lily blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  19. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  20. Unseen by Lisa Jackson
  21. Tell me by Lisa Jackson
  22. Devious by Lisa Jackson
  23. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  24. Wrapped in Skin by Mark Morris
  25. Twilight by Stephanie Myers
  26. New Moon by Stephanie Myers
  27. Girl, Women, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  28. My sister, the serial killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

If any of these books interest you head on over to the “>kobo website and see what they have for ebooks. (You get $5 off your first order, which could get you a couple sale books or make a bigger pricetag look smaller). They also have free ebooks.

My hope

My hope is that they help bring someone joy and maybe cure their boredom for a bit.

The books were placed in my apartment buildings front lobby where I made a makeshift free library. I was surprised at how excited some people were to see free books, it makes me happy knowing they will be enjoyed.

*When we checked last night the box had 5 books left in it so I filled it back up. I didn’t take note of which books went in on the 2nd or 3rd unhaul, my bad*

The finished product


How this mental health book unhaul helped my anxiety

Looking at my bookshelf now, I can breath. It no longer feels overwhelming. I didn’t realize how much anxiety it was actually causing me before I did this book unhaul.

I realize that doing something like this may sound completely bonkers to some but just the act of decluttering, sorting, organizing and unhauling helped my mental state.

Have you ever done anything like this? What helps you manage your mental health? Let me know down in the comments below.

Till next time,

Tanya xoxo

23 thoughts on “Mental Health Book Unhaul: How it helped my anxiety”

  1. I love doing a clear out! One of my local neighbours has been boxing up books and putting them outside for people to take with them! I’m thinking off adding mine to the collection.

    1. That’s a great idea Nxyie! I put 3.5 boxes in my buildings lobby and there’s 4 books left I believe. I think it’s a great way to spread a little cheer, encourage people to read and clear out some space (both mentally and physically). <3

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  3. I regularly unhaul books and I agree that it feels so good when it’s done and makes me feel less stressed about my bookshelves which used to be overflowing but now they are manageable. It’s great that so many people in your apartment building grabbed some books and can enjoy them. I donated a ton of books a few months ago to my sons school and they were so happy to receive them. I still have many boxes worth left to find new homes but that will happen soon enough.

    1. That’s great Sarah. Depending on genre of books if you’re able once all this crap is done, I highly suggest donating them to nursing homes and hospitals. There books are usually few and far between. I did a MASSIVE like 700+ book unhaul about a year ago. I gave them to a school. If I had a vehicle I would have spread them out a bit. Public transportation life is great ;-).

  4. I really like this piece. One, because I myself buy books to destress and thought I was alone in that, and two I never heard of anything like this before. This is both beautiful and giving. It’s really admiring. Thank you for your vulnerable share!

    1. Thank you Chelsea for saying that. That’s very kind of you. I will be adding more to these posts once my head clears abit 😉

  5. Oh my goodness I need a book unhaul! I have so many books. My dream, is to have a home big enough to one day have a library! I no longer allow myself to buy book…unless they are on kindle as I have no space. The trouble is, I also keep buying them and I need to sort it out ! You did a great job on your clearout, thank you for sharing on this!

    1. My pleasure :-). I’m still looking to see if there’s book I can donate. Ebooks I have no issues with lol

        1. I have them organized into different categories on my kobo, still trying to figure out how to do that with this rubbish kindle. It has the worst battery life but it’s really easy to use.

          1. Yeah Ive done that. I think there is nothing like the experience of looking through a physical library! Took me a while to embrace virtual books, but now I prefer reading that way

          2. It’s the same for me. My husband bought me a kobo for Christmas 2017. I HATED it! I was so “offended” by the thought of ebooks. Which personally is completely ridiculous. Everyone has their preferences but no matter what form, reading is reading. Now I also prefer ebooks. I have an easier time reading them, I have the option of loads of books incase my mood changes. It’s great! 😀

  6. I love this! Well done for getting through all those books and not giving up. I’ve spent the last couple of months reorganising my wardrobe and also cleared out a corner of my room behind the door which makes me feel so much calmer now.

    1. It’s amazing isn’t it. It’s like it lifts a weight. A weight you didn’t realize you were carrying 🙂

  7. It’s incredible how an over flowing TBR pile can be so stressful, isn’t it? It sounds such a therapeutic thing you’ve managed to do here – both for yourself and others. And at least you know they’ve gone to good homes and are enjoyed. I hope it continues to help!

    1. Thanks Lindsey, I really appreciate you saying that. I’ve realized that there are things I can change that are affecting my mental health that I can fix. So that’s what I’m doing. Thanks for reading xoxo

  8. I’m so glad this helped you! Books are wonderful, but sometimes some objects can hold bad memories or remind you of things you’d rather not. And I think decluttering is essential for mental health! Plus, you enjoyed those books, and now other people can enjoy them, too! That’s what I love about buying used books and giving them away or trading them into a bookstore. It’s a wonderful cycle that benefits everyone! Plus, your bookshelf looks so nice and tidy now! I loved that you shared them with your apartment building residents, too! That’s so sweet! I hope they’re grateful for your excellent taste in books 🙂

    Emily |

    1. I was happy to pass them along for others to enjoy :-). Lol, there was a note posted thanking the person who donated books for the other residents. I didn’t put my name on the note, I just wanted others to enjoy some reading. It’s how I “force” my reading addiction on others. Haha

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