This is the third of five pre-written blog postings while I travel.
I used to have a problem with books. I’d buy lots of them and I wouldn’t get rid of a single one, even if I didn’t like it.
Then I renovated and decided on having just one bookcase in the house. Books were stacked three deep, which ruined the bookcase. It was a gorgeous built-in made by my Dad echoing ones we had in the house where I grew up. But it couldn’t be seen for books.
It was time to get the books off my back.
I couldn’t quit cold turkey. I weaned myself off slowly. Putting over half of them in airtight containers in the basement, I pulled them out six months later and reviewed my choices. Most I hadn’t missed. Some I decided to read once more than pass along and some I decided to keep.
I also went through the books I’d kept and streamlined those for any I hadn’t touched or thought about.
Then I called the Trinity College Booksale. I couldn’t bring myself to take the books somewhere, but someone from the TCB was happy to pick them up.
If I had been willing to trade scarce wall and floor space for more shelving, I would have kept more, but my house was small and I didn’t want to live in a used bookstore. Better that someone else enjoy them.
The final step in breaking the habit was a one book in, one book out policy, and I started frequenting the library a lot more.
It felt good to be free.
- Decide on a limited storage space for your collections and stick to that limit. Don’t give in to overcrowding.
- You can get rid of things in stages. It doesn’t have to be all at once.