Last year I had to clean out my bookshelves. I live in a small cape cod and my bookshelves were taking over the entire house! I had books in every nook and cranny of available space and piled all over my bedroom that hubby basically said “it’s the books or me!” So I said see ya buddy! JOKING!!!
I actually had come to the conclusion myself that I had way too many books and there was no way that I was going to read all of them and some were so old that I had lost interest. At this time, I had 3.5 (one was like half the size of a normal bookshelf) bookshelves and promised the hubs that I would condense down to 1.5!
How do you decide which books to keep?
I had to be very diligent on which books I kept because I had only so much space to occupy. I decided to clear all shelves and start placing books on piles. Favorites & Not Read Yet! I have books that I will always automatically keep on my shelves and those went on first, then I dug through to see which books by some of my favorite authors I had and which books that I had the completed series. Next came any signed copies or personalized copies.
Which books are automatically on my “to keep” shelf:
- The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- The Lux Series by Jennifer L Armentrout
- The Covenant Series by Jennifer L Armentrout
- The Fifty Shades Trilogy by EL James
- The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
- Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
- The Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine
What do you do with your books to get rid of?
I loaded all of my books into totes and ended up sticking them in my walk in closet since this was during the COVID shut down and I was not able to take them anywhere! I refuse to throw a book in the garbage, so I waited until the local library placed a bin in their parking lot for those wanting to donate books and I am currently, slowly taking the bins and emptying them. I still have some but it at least placed a dent in them.
I always either give them to the library or a local thrift store but since COVID began, the thrift store is not taking any books. How sad!
This was a huge undertaking and one that I really had put off for far too long! I feel much better now that it’s done and do not feel as over whelmed with unread books! So, is your bookshelf in need of a clean out?