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I’ve fallen in love with the “Little Free Library” boxes in the neighborhoods that I frequent.

What is a “Little Free Library”?

It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too! –

There are so many things about this movement that line up with how I think about organizing.



1. There is just enough space

Our houses only have so much space – as do these Little Free Libraries. I have never seen an LFL overfull – almost as if patrons know that their space is sacred and that if there isn’t enough space, leaving books behind can wait.

2. There is a spirit of giving

For some people, the purging part of organizing is very difficult. However, by adopting the mindset that you are giving items to someone who will get more use out of them than you, purging often gets easier and more enjoyable.

3. People of all ages can participate

I firmly believe that there is no minimum age for organizing or purging. Sure, there are different ways to address it at different ages (much like reading and books!) but really, learning the basics in an appropriate way when you’re young can have great benefits.

4. The rules are flexible

While reading through the FAQ on the LFL page, it’s clear that the organization strives to be flexible to serve its patrons and the needs of the community. This is a great way to look at organizing in your home – there are no hard and fast rules for organizing any one home. It is different for everyone.

5. Things can be enjoyed without being possessed

After a trip to an LFL two weeks ago, I brought home a book and read it over the weekend, returning it the following week. Knowing that I could read a book, enjoy the experience and then pass it along to be enjoyed by someone else without the pressure of storing it almost seemed to make it better!



Share with us: Have you seen an LFL in your neighborhood? Have you used one? 



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