To Read or Not to Read...
Is that even a question?
One of the great debates about organising is books - should we keep them or get rid of them. Of course these days you can now buy ebooks, so you never have to worry about the book clutter, however to so many, books are never clutter. They are a window to a world in which you can escape for a short while. Book lovers like the feel of a book in their hand and the sight of a book on a shelf. They will go back again and again, if the book is truly inspirational or just loved.
Some people say you should not have more that thirty (!!!) books in your home. As a book lover, I can tell you I have more than that - but its my preference and they all have a home.
If you have gone past the point of all books having a home and they are just laying about, then it is time for a serious rethink about how many books you should keep.
So you've decided now is the time to do something about those books. Great! It con be overwhelming, especially if you've been collecting for a long time. The best way to get started is in stages so you are not overwhelmed.
Children's books can be a challenge since you may be more attached to them then your kids. You are the one that has read, and re-read, those books to your kids when they were little. If your child is no longer in that age bracket, give those books to someone who is or donate them. If there is one or two you can't bear to part with, put them on your bookshelf so you can remember that time. Maybe you can read them again when grandkids arrive.
Your books, well, they're your books. If you have them, you don't want to give them up, do you? There comes a time when you'll have to say good bye (to some of them at least). Be strict with yourself and have a serious go looking though them. Only put back the ones you truly love. The ones left need to go to a new home - give away, sell or donate.
Text books are a bulky (and expensive) requirement when studying, but you don't need to hold onto them for the next ten years. Pass them on to the next lot of students! There is a big resell market for university textbooks. High school textbooks can also be donated back to the school. If you hang on to them for too long, they will be outdated and no good to anyone.
In the end, only you know what you want in your home. A good rule to maintain order once you have pared down the volumes, is one in, one out. It is useful for all sorts of things, from books, to clothes, to toys.
Just remember, "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."