This was mentioned in a previous post, but I’m so proud of myself I wanted to share some details! 🙂 I finished winnowing my bookshelves, and in half the time I budgeted. Of course, I gave myself a year, but still.
Turns out asking myself: ‘will I read this book again?’ is not the way to go. The proper question is: ‘I have read this book, and if I saw it in a bookstore, would I buy it?’ That question helped me weed out the ‘good’ books from the ‘must read again’ books.
My bookshelves looked like this in January:
And now, in June, they look like this:
Plus a little shelf next to it, which, believe it or not, was completely filled by the books from one (the last) shelf.
Until I fell into the rhythm of it, the shelves took quite a while to get through. I started off thinking I wouldn’t make too much of a difference, so I rearranged as I went, sliding books toward the right and down. Then, as I reached the last few shelves, I realized that I would actually have a gap at the end.
So I had to slide the books left and up, which I waited until I was completely finished to do, having learned my lesson.
In the end, the books made about a half-shelf gain, even with many of the in-front books moving to their proper place. I’m quite pleased with the results–I still have books stacked in front, and on top of other books, but significantly less.
I can actually see most of my library now!