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 Books that are no longer current or applicable.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.
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.