Join Date: Mar 2004
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So you who have decluttered your book collection (or are hoping to declutter), how many books (average) do you now own (or hope to own)??
Books are a hard one for us too. But about 4 months ago when we decided to move, I immediatly knew some books had to go! I did the same thing Mamamillie did. At first I got rid of a huge chunk. Then after about a week or glancing at my new (slightly slimmer) collection, I could spot a few more I could do without. And on and on each week, until now we are 2 months away from moving, and have about 50 books. I still think I can do better, but little by little. I've sold several here or on ebay (which was the only way I could justify getting rid of those super crunchy birthing books, etc - since we're done having babies). But now I'm having a terrible time with Spiritual Midwifery, because it was 15 cents at a YS, and even though I'm done having babies, I just love it. Same with DH and his stupid Boy Scout Handbook. He bought it at a YS just for sentimental reasons. Maybe it's okay to keep just a couple of those type of books. hmm...
another thought is that when I get rid of books, I first look on Ebay to see if they're valuable. One book on weed identification in the west, was $5 at a yardsale, and I sold it for over $30 on Ebay!!! That's one I would have kept if we weren't moving east, but still cool!
Mama of 3 amazingly sweet kids , living the dream on our urban farm