I Was A Book Hoarder.
I had books everywhere ,
- stuffed under the bed
- shoved into the wardrobe
- in the car
- anywhere I had space
Every time I passed a bookshop the chances were, I’d buy a book.
I would be offended when people advised me to buy a kindle, I was unable to understand why anyone would not prefer the physical version of a book.
I was a book snob. I judged people by their bookshelves and assessed their personality by the book they were reading on the train or the beach.
Then, I had kids and my days of curling up for hours with a book came to an abrupt end.
I would just about manage to read two pages at bedtime before nodding off into an exhausted sleep.
Unfortunately, my book addiction didn’t end and my collection of unread books continued to grow at an alarming rate.
So, how did I eventually reduce the number of books I physically owned from over 200 to 10?
I followed these simple steps.
- Unread books were the first to go. I decided that unless I had rushed home and read the book straight after buying it, was unlikely I was going to read it at all unless it was a reference book.
- Cookbooks were next. They all were donated … Everything was available on the internet so that made it an easy decision for me.
- Next up were books I’d already read. This was not so easy but I figured that out of perhaps the 100 books I’d already read, only two had ever been re-read by me, so the logic was to donate them.
- Reference books, I kept the ones we used, nothing else, this too, was relatively easy.
Now, I all I own is
- a collection of Charles Dickens hardbacks,
- a handful of reference books,
- a few books I’ve re-read
- And a couple of childhood books.
However my book hoarding days are not over, I now have hundreds of unread books on my kindle.
I do prefer a physical book and a lazy afternoon visiting a beautiful bookshop,
but also like being able to read in the dark, and of course to have an invisible library stuffed to the rafters.
For more reading on simplifying
The Minimalists are a great place to start.
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