One of my goals for 2015 was to work on some purging/organizational projects and I have been attacking those projects with gusto in January. In general, I would say that I don't accumulate a lot of things as I tend to get in these 'purging moods' often enough to avoid amassing all that many possessions. Plus, since I graduated from college 12 years ago (eeps, that makes me feel old) I have mostly lived in one bedroom apartments/condos which limits the amount of things a person can accumulate.
That said, while I have done a lot of purging of possessions in the past, one group of possessions that was untouched was my books. As you all know, I LOVE books. I dream of some day having a study or a library with walls of bookshelves so I figured there was no use to purge my book collection because someday I would have a place to display them all.
But then I got to thinking about the books that I do have and why I have them. And I read this article on Book Riot about why we keep the books we keep which resonated with me. And I looked at my over flowing book shelves and thought about how much I dislike the cluttered state of my book shelves and I decided it was time to do a book purging project.
I had two criteria in mind when going through the books on my book shelves: 1) Is this something I enjoyed reading? 2) Is this a book I would recommend and/or lend to others. If the answer to these questions was no, I put the book in the donation pile. I tackled this project yesterday morning and this was the result...
I ended up putting 59 books in the donation pile.
I thought I would be sad after I completed this project, but I'm not at all. Those books don't really represent who I am and what my interests are. Plus it is wonderful to look at my book shelves and not see them overflowing with piles of books that I didn't have room for in the past and it freed up a book shelf for my DVDs which used to be crammed in my TV stand.
The next decision was what to do with all these books. Luckily, Book Riot had a great post with lots of options and after perusing this list, I decided to donate my books to Books for Africa. They have a donation site in St. Paul, MN so it is convenient for me to donate to this organization (I also plan to make a monetary donation to cover the per book cost of shipping them to Africa).
It is a lot easier to part with all these books knowing they will go to a great cause.
Do you own a lot of books? Have you or would you ever do a book purge project like I did?