Too Many Books!

Rule: Keep only as many books as will fit on your shelves

Rule: Keep only as many books as will fit on your shelves

If you have more books than can fit on your shelves. It’s time to take a hard look at your attachments and figure out how to let some go.

Unless it’s a collectable or has deep sentimental value, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I feel like I paid a lot of money for this book and won’t be able to recoup my losses?
  • Does having these books make me feel like an expert?
  • Do I long for the days when I read with my children?
  • Will I ever really have the time to catch upon the amount of reading I have stored here?
  • Could I easily get this book at the library if I really needed it in the future?

As with many of the items in our home, we hang onto more than we need because of emotional attachments. Being aware of this pull can help you loosen your grip and reduce your clutter.

You have 3 basic options for books you don’t need:

1.) Give your books a new life. Donate to your local Friends of the Public Library, thrift stores, or recycling center. Sometimes, you can even get a library volunteer to come pick them up for you.

2.) Resell the books yourself. Shop them at your local used bookstore, on Craigslist, on eBay or even on Amazon. Though the ratio of books to cash can be quite low, it you have the time and energy, you can get something for them.

3.) Find someone to sell books for you. You can locate an eBay reseller or your local estate liquidator may have contacts for local book dealers.

While you are looking to make some money from your collection, don’t lose sight of the value of your own time when you take on a book-selling project.

Part of letting go of information is trusting that the resources will be available to you when you need them.  And, who knows? You might even make a new friend while searching the library bookshelves for Moby Dick.

What has helped you declutter your bookshelves?  Let us know!

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