On more than one occasion, we've told you getting rid of old books is one of the easiest ways to declutter your home. After all, if you've already read them or (even worse) have no plans to read them any time soon, the only purpose they're serving is collecting dust. But for some people, being is a comforting and happy experience.
We get that, and apparently Japanese culture knows some people feel that way too, because there's a Japanese word for people who buy and hold onto more books than one human can physically read in their lifetime. The official definition of "tsundoku" is the stockpiling of books that will never be consumed.
The word is a combination of several Japanese words, including "tsunde," which means to stack things; "oku," which means to leave for a while; and "doku," which means to read. Sadly, there's no direct synonym in English.
According to a dedicated to the word, there is a scale in which one would fall when it comes to tsundoku: having just one unread book to being a serious hoarder. "Everyone is most likely to be 'tsundokursed' one way or the other," it says.
While we all appreciate a library of good reads, if you feel like you own more novels than you need and want help purging some of you collection, try these tips for finally letting go of sentimental clutter. And if you're not convinced holding on to too many hardbacks has a negative impact on your life, these are the reasons clutter is bad for your health.
Of course, if you notice you have an unhealthy relationship with collecting books, where it's interring with your everyday life, it's important to speak with a doctor.