Although we are in the age of Kindle, many beautiful bookshelves still exist! If you haven’t moved in a while, there could be a collection covering many years.
It is hard to part with books, though often necessary when going into a smaller house. One friend we knew had 25 boxes of back-breaking titles, ranging from high school math texts through the most unmemorable airport trash pick-ups.
While most books were untouched for decades, she insisted on keeping any book she had purchased. The process of downsizing was difficult, though she wasn’t a hoarder in other ways. We organized things by genre first.
Over the next few weeks, books were donated to libraries, schools and book sales discovered in neighboring towns. It was a slow enough process, driven in part by bagging and placing books into the car trunk as a motivating force.
Eventually, we were down to three shelves. At this stage, a new book rule took place to “catch and release” them. If a book came in, then a book went out the door. It created a new kind of freedom, without all the (literal) heavy baggage.