Do you have a book problem and not realize it? Take a peek at where you are storing your books. Are any on the floor? Are they stacked up in a corner? Is your bookcase stuffed with books making it difficult to even pull out a book to read? Are your bookcase shelves bowing under the weight of your book collection? Do you feel emotionally connected to most of your books and get overwhelmed at the thought of parting with your books? If you answered yes, to any of these questions, this post is for you! Today, I’m going to teach you how to pare down your collection with practical and realistic strategies!
How to achieve this balance:
- Books in bad shape (broken bindings make it really hard to read books, so let them go!)
- Books that have mildew or have a musty odor (sometimes leaving the book in the sun can kill the musty smell, but often it’s a lost cause)
- Books you’ve never read or are no longer interested in
- Books you didn’t like or no longer need (i.e. give up that copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting if your kids are all in college)
- Books you have no intent of reading or referencing
- Books that don’t belong to you (give that copy of 50 Shades of Grey back to your BFF who loaned it to you!)
- Books with information that is easily found online (i.e. a thesaurus or dictionary)
- Books that have outdated info (hello, outdated Encyclopedia Britannica sets, and textbooks over a year old)
- Duplicates (I’ve had clients who had more than one copy of the exact same book about how to get organized! If only they’d called me earlier! Ha!) This goes for hardback and paperback versions as well – pick one to keep and let go of the other.
- Books that aren’t your favorite (use your library in this instance and borrow the book when you’re in the mood!)
But hang on to:
- Your absolute favorite books that you enjoy re-reading
- Books you reference frequently
- Books you plan to read within the next 6 months (be realistic!)
But hang on, Christina you say! This First Edition of The Baby Sitter’s Club is worth a lot of money! Listen, I loved that series too, but I’m betting it isn’t worth what you think. Instead of guessing on a book’s value, head on over to Biblio.com/book-value to check out the real numbers. Seeing the actual value may make it easier to let go of some books you thought were worth more than they really are. Bad news for Baby Sitter’s Club fans…
Over to you!
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