Downsizing My Bookcase

There I can cross off one of my Summer ToDo list items – cleaning my bedroom book case. Over the past year we have been going to local book sales, book stores (new and used) and I have been accumulating books, but while school was in session I didn’t get a chance to read many of them and they just stayed there collecting dust.

When I started bringing home my books from school, I had books piles on the floor, my dresser, by my desk, on the table and you know who was starting to get concerned about the mess that this accumulation of was starting to look like around the house. We are both sort of neat freaks – her more than me though.

Those are all of the books that were in the bookcase, this is a queen-sized water bed frame and it is almost filled with books.


Which books I want to keep:

1. Books I haven’t read
2. Books I have read and will read again
3. Books that are part of a series
4. Books by an author that I really like
5. One of a kinds that I liked
6. Resource books

What was I going to get rid of:

1. Books that I have read and wouldn’t read again
2. Books that I bought because they sounded interesting, but when I started them they weren’t very good.
3. Books that are no longer current or applicable.

There were about 50 books in this pile on the floor that went to the local Humane Society book sale last weekend.

I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of all the books that I didn’t want in the bookcase, so I boxed up about 20 and brought them out back of the garage for storage on top of the trunk already full of books that I brought out to storage last summer.

There are several bags of books in this full sized chest. Now I have to think about going through this trunk and those in box on top of it again, some rainy day to see what else I can get rid of.

Who knows maybe I can go through my bedroom bookcase one more time and weed out a another 20-30 books, but if you look closely to the right hand side of the bookcase you will see about 60 books that I haven’t read yet, sitting on the floor.


One thing is for sure I will always have something to read. The bookcase and the rest of the house looks a lot neater now and you know who is not giving me the “when are you going to pick up your mess” look. 🙂

This is just the start of my downsizing efforts. I have a feeling that there will be rounds 2 and 3 over the course of the summer, where I take an even closer look at what I want to keep and what to get rid of.

Books have a special place in my heart, they take me places that I will never go or have taught me something that I will never forget and it is hard to get rid of any of them. As I try to simplify and downsize, this is one of those things that I have to get better at – letting go of what I no longer need.

However, I am going to do this downsizing and moving to a more minimalist life style, in stages, not all at once and then regret getting rid of something that I should have kept.

I know that I own the books that I kept, where I am not really as sure about the eBooks that I have bought, there are still some questions about that issue, that have to be answered before I change more of my purchases to eBooks. But that is a different post.

2 thoughts on “Downsizing My Bookcase

  1. Good job! (as they say nowadays)I do the same thing with thrift store books, gather them up, wait for a rainy day, and read through them, and then I take them to the flea market to sell so I can buy more books. I need the book. I can't handle e-books, but I love reading blogs. But then blogs are usually short and sweet.


  2. That is a lot of books to sort through! My criteria for getting rid of books was fairly similar to yours, apart from my ruthlessness with reference books. I now have about half the volume I used to.As for E-books, I have a Kindle App on my phone and have downloaded a few free classics, the immediacy of them is handy when I am on the bus or otherwise bored – but they will never replace my bookcase.Good luck with the decluttering!


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