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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Books - decluttering

I love books. All kinds of books. Hardback, paperback, mystery, romance, fantasy, non-fiction. There aren't many genres of books that I don't like. The problem is that I have too many books. I have a kindle - more than one - loaded with hundreds of books (freebies and low cost mostly) but I can't seem to bring myself to stop collecting physical books. There is nothing I like more than poking around a used bookshop to find a particular bargain to transport me into a different world. I would much rather spend the time in a bookshop than shopping for anything else. When I'm feeling a little down books seem to be the things I turn towards.

Unfortunately I don't live in a stately mansion with too many rooms so I can't devote a whole room to being a library. I do have books everywhere - bookshelves up and downstairs, beside my chair, in my bag and even in the storage cubes supposed to be storing other things. My hubby is a dear about it. He never complains that I'm bringing too many home or that I have too many.

I have too many. Sigh. Can't believe I said that. Giving up books is like giving up a good friend. There are some I won't give up, those I return to time after time, but I have decided to give up some.



Today I have sorted two boxes to be donated to the library bookshop. They raise money for different programs at the library that helped my son through a particularly difficult time when he was a teen.

I can't be the only one who finds it tough to sort things out. What do you find most difficult to sort through and give up?

3 comments:

  1. Well done on the decluttering! Donating to a good cause helps ease the pain of giving items away, I think. I, too, have a hard time decluttering books! I've done it from time to time, but still find it hard. Other things I have a hard time parting with are sentimental stuff and souvenirs and my collection of blue and white china.

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  2. Well, my husband is just like you! He has tons of books gathering dust in the house but don't want to get rid of one. I read a lot but am not so detached to them. I use the library a lot and don't have any difficulties in donating MY books. But the hubby - omg!

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  3. I recently did a HUGE decluttering of books. I don't know how many boxes I packed up but it took 2 trips to the library for their annual winter sale. And it was hard letting go but I needed to do it. I let go of the books that were no longer serving me to make room for new.

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