Thursday, June 10, 2010


I have come to a rather hard decision. I am going to sell most of my books. We have an entire wall in our hallway of bookshelves filled with books. Of the books in the hallway I would say 75% are mine. Of that 75% I feel I can sell 90% of them while keeping a few. I honestly don't know what creiteria I am going to use except that they take up room and I don't read nearly as much as I used to.

I love the smell of books. I love sitting in a comfy chair with a quilt and a glass of red wine and reading for a rainy afternoon. I love rereading books and those few I do reread I will probably save. Books are my friends.

What I don't love is the space they take up or the dust they create.

In looking around my house for ways to eliminate clutter and possibly make some money to help pay off debt faster my eyes fell on the bookshelves. I could easily make a good chunk to put on a credit card balance. One book at a time.

What has always kept me from actually selling is the feeling of giving something up that is important to me and to replace it made no sense since it would cost thousands compared to what I would actually get for them.

I have this goal of reading the classics. I don't want to purchase them but can easily borrow them from my brother or the library.

This is another project that comes out of my decluttering madness. I don't expect to get it done by the end of June but it could get started.


its me, sam said...

Keep only the ones that you read once a year. I've reread " the Stand" and "Swan Song" every summer for the past 15-20 years. I always get something new or different out of them, and now my DD does the same thing!

Tina said...

I think you have made a good decision about the books - I held on to so many for so long before letting go.

Crystal said...

You're brave -- I have such attachment issues with my books. The few ones I didn't like I have no problem getting rid of, but the ones I love have been painstakingly carried with me to every new address (we're talking boxes and boxes of them). I admire your courage to let them go!

SugarBelle said...

I got rid of 2 large suitcases full last year and it felt great! I got $100 worth of trade credit for Twice Sold Tales. I only kept reference book I really needed.

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Wow, I'm impressed with you for taking this step. My boyfriend will probably NEVER get rid of any of his... his dream is to have a giant library room in our house one day.

paisley penguin said...

Thanks for all the comments on this post. I am certain I could post a few this month and see how I feel about the project.

Sam, Tina & Sugar - Thanks so much for your support!

Crystal - Thanks for vote on bravery. That is pretty much how I feel right now.

Kelly - Me too actually. I may settle for a small wall of favorites.