One of the most difficult things for an avid writer and reader (who also happens to be a simplicity nut) is facing a wall of books and KNOWING that some of those tomes just HAVE to go.
I’ve managed to make the first pass. But, it’s going to take a few more before the bookshelf I have downstairs can be given away. It’s a monstrosity. I’ve decided to limit my collection to what can be easily held in a couple of smallish, low shelves at the top of the steps.
It doesn’t mean I’m going to quit having books, I’ll still keep my reference books, my writing books, my classics. I’ll still collect a few of my favorites in leather-bound versions. But the “fluff” and the one-time reads will be given to family or friends or will disappear to the local goodwill when I finish them. The books that I have from former interests are going to go “bye-bye” as well.
I have decided that ebooks are off-limits from my discard urge (which means that I’ve spent more time downloading ebooks lately than I have tossing physical ones.) And having the iPad means I can carry more books with me than that huge wall of shelves can hold in physical versions. 🙂
If you have a way to whittle down the footprint of your book collection, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section because I still have several difficult passes to make before my bookshelf is finished.