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So Many Books, So Little Time!

February 26, 2013

I could stand it no longer! Which is what usually spurs me into action regarding anything involving housekeeping.

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(My stack of To-Read books)

The bookshelves were full & more books were stacked in front of the books. Sons have added to the stacks with their comings & goings, graduating from colleges & grad schools, moving out on their own. I add to that because I have a difficult time saying “No” when I see a classic title in hardback at a carport sale or at the Good Will Store. Then friends who know my affinity for books give me gifts, my MIL gives books…on & on.

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(I really should have taken a photo before I began – it was awful!)

The boys (grown sons!) also have a love for reading which started very early in life…I read aloud to them before they were born…

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(That’s a photo of #2 son a long time ago. The book in front – he’s the anchor of the tug-of-war on the cover! I do love my old piggy bank!)

…& DH’s parents would take them to bookstores & libraries regularly.

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(#1 son’s bookshelf that has yet to be moved to NYCity.)

But I finally reached overload! There were so many books I couldn’t keep them dusted & there are books I haven’t read! Horror! How am I supposed to know if I want to invest the space & upkeep on a book if I haven’t read it?

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(#2 son’s bookshelf – what’s left when he moved his most prized tomes to his apartment.)

Time to de-clutter the books shelves. Cull unwanted books – sell them on Amazon or donate them to charity. Box up books that I want to keep for the future but don’t want to display presently. Clean & arrange the remaining books on the bookshelves.

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Sorting takes an inordinate amount of emotional energy for me. What to keep. What to sell. Why is this book special. Where to start. But somehow I begin.

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Move books from one shelf to another, stack books in the floor, load up boxes… I always use boxes that held liquor for a reason. Liquid spirits are heavy & a box that holds it is sturdy. Books are heavy & but placed one by one, they are not heavy…until the box is loaded. So I load boxes that are of manageable size & will hold just enough weight that I can lift them myself.

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Seven boxes later, a double stack of books to offer on Amazon, a ton of dust & two full days of work the job is finished! Business. Science Fiction. Red Wall. Biographies. World War 2. Christmas. Civil War. Fiction including Robert Ludlum & Hebert Wouk. Reference Books. Theology. C.S. Lewis. J. R. R. Tolkien. American History. Birds. Current Health & Gardening. Miss Manners. Emily Post. & everything in between!

I love this picture I have next to the bookshelves & the Scripture verse quoted on it:

Ecclesiastes 12: 12-13
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

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Now to de-clutter the attic so I will have a place to put my seven boxes of books.

One Comment
  1. February 26, 2013 10:10 am

    oh my goodness this is me too! we have books everywhere. I declutter every so often when I can take it no longer. In hunting for a book my daughter in law wanted this week, I discovered about 5 or 6 books I forgot I bought. I have a terrible time getting rid of them unless I did not like it when read.

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