Do you have a plethora of hardcover and paperback books that you’ve already read sitting on your bookshelf? If you do, you might be wondering what you can do with them. Of course, the obvious answers are to donate them, give them away to libraries if they are in good condition and sell them at a secondhand bookstore, but there are even more ways you can get the most out of your old books.
1. Level a Piece of Furniture
Do you have a wobbly table, chair, couch or desk? If you have a lot of books on your bookshelf, there’s a good chance you have one that would perfectly level your furniture. This works best for couches and chairs where no one looks at the legs, but you can also use it for a table if that table is covered with a particularly long tablecloth.
2. Yoga Blocks
If you have a couple of thick hardback books and you’ve just gotten into yoga, like myself, you can tape the edges of the books closed and use them as makeshift yoga blocks while you’re trying to decide if you like yoga enough to purchase some of the actual yoga equipment.
3. Use Them for Calf Raises
If you want to do calf raises as part of your workout but your at-home gym equipment isn’t right for the task, you can use a thick book. This book can be hardback or paperback. I recommend one that is fairly long and about two to three inches thick. The worst-case scenario means that you’ll have to use two books, one for each foot.
4. Doorstop/ Door Chalk
Do you have a door that is super obnoxious and keeps banging into the wall every time you open it or won’t stay open or closed? You can grab a book and use it as a doorstop or door chalk to keep that annoying door in place. If you have a home office and keep getting interrupted, look for a very thin book that you can shove into the gap between the wall and door on the hinge side. that’ll keep those pesky people out of your office so that you can get some work done.
5. Campfire Starter
If it was a particularly horrible book and you can’t sell it at that secondhand bookstore, pack it away in your camping stuff. Those pages may make some good kindling for your next campfire. Of course, you don’t want to use glossy pages. Instead, you’ll want something like an old workbook or an old trade paperback. You know the kind. You need a half-gallon of lotion to turn one page.
With a little creativity and ingenuity, you’ll be able to find all sorts of uses for your old books, and if you have an exceptional amount, you may still have enough to donate and sell to you secondhand bookstore.
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