In my quest to simplify life, one of the biggest decisions I made was to get rid of my books.
I have always been, and will always be a book lover.
I love reading. I love losing myself in the story. I love flipping the pages. I love calculating how many pages until the end. I even love the crash at the end of the book when you realize the story is over and you have to come back to reality.
I love it all.
I don’t know how many times I moved my collection of books over the years. By the time we moved into this house there were 5 large plastic boxes of books. After 9 months in this house they were still in boxes and I couldn’t envision a bookcase anywhere in my house other than the basement which we rent out and will be renting out for the next 3 years. So my books would have been in boxes for 3 more years, and by then would I even know which books I had?
I don’t know why it bothered me so much. All the boxes were nicely packed away out of sight but they were definitely not out of mind. So after several weeks of contemplation I decided that I would get rid of all my books. I went through every box and every book and was ruthless. I only kept books that had sentimental value or that I would read again – which surprisingly were very very few. I set them all up for a garage sale and sold about 1/3 of them. Then I took them to a used book store and sold a handful more. From what was left I kept a few of my nursing textbooks and donated the rest.
You would not believe how great it felt to clear those out. It was like an instant relief.
I went out and got a library card and I haven’t looked back since. It’s so convenient! I search for the books I want to read online. I place a hold and wait for the e-mail telling me the book is ready to be picked up. Then I go and pick it up which takes less than 5 minutes!
It’s nearly free (small yearly fee for the library) and it keeps the clutter out of my house, and the thought of where to put a book case no longer lingers in my mind.
Even better is that I still go to chapters and spend time browsing with a coffee. I take note of the books I want to read and then get them from the library.
Honestly, I love it.
I used to dream of having my own library, full from floor to ceiling with books. But now?
Right now in life I’m relishing in simplicity and minimalism.
I’m not extreme minimalist, and I do still buy “things” and have daily internal debates on what I should or shouldn’t purchase.
I do still want pretty things in my house, but I want less of them, and nearly 3 months after clearing out my books, I’m still so happy I did.