Originally Posted by zinemama
Having lots of books does not mean one is leading a life of consumeristic frenzy.
Yeah, I only buy new books on vacations/travels. And usually those are "coffee table" books of artwork and photography to remind me of the place I visited (I go to a lot of museums). The rest of my books were inherited, gifts and trades, or from the used books store down the street. There is another book store in my neighborhood that offers a "swap" area. I often take advantage of this to switch out some of ds' books for different ones. I probably don't spend more than $30/year on books for myself. (Although I did spend almost $100 on books for gifts just recently
. But that was Christmas presents for 3 people and the books were beautiful hard-covers from the Museum I work at).
Originally Posted by mommaof3boz
only on MDC is downsizing books and using the library instead controversial
You know, I always felt like my family was the weird one for having a lot of books. Most of the people I new had very few of them and my friends were always amazed at my parents library.
Just to clear up, I don't think it's insane; but I do think it would be extreme for my family. From a standpoint of maintaining a simple life, keeping few books makes sense.
I think it is great that some people have made that choice to par-down. And we should all take advantage of the libraries that we pay for with tax dollars. I just know that now that my father is gone, the thing I find most precious are the books of his that I now have and read with fond memories of him...If I didn't have those books, I may not remember all of his loves, interests, and little nuances that are summed up in his collection of books. And I can't wait till ds is old enough to share them with him too.
Now in our house, the thing that we are extreme about getting rid of are clothes. I donate them, use them for rags, and cut them up for craft projects. None of us care too much about clothes...so everyone has there thing
that they can't be without. Mine is books
. I'll simplify in other ways.