My bookcase: to purge or not to purge

Why is cleaning out my book case so hard? Because I love books. And I can’t bear to part with them.

But at the same time, I live in a tiny house and I try to follow Oprah’s clutter clearing expert, Peter Walsh’s, advice to “respect the limits of my space”. That is, I can only have as many books as I can fit into my bookcase. Every now and then I brace myself and have a big purge of books.
When I lived in Brisbane, I used to haul them down to the Ferny Grove flea markets of a Saturday morning and liquidate them. But now that I live in a rural town, my options are limited. Sometimes I try to ebay them, but the postage costs are generally prohibitive of making the time invested worth the return on what people are willing to pay. So, I try to give them away. But I can’t give them away as fast as the books keep coming in the door.
There’s only one thing to do. I’ve gone against everything Peter Walsh advises, and I have invested in a new bookcase. A brand spanking new, tall, white bookcase just waiting for me to fill it.
What can I say? I’m an addict.
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One comment on “My bookcase: to purge or not to purge

  1. pkg says:

    I agree with your dilemma. It is so difficult to give away old books that you have read and enjoyed but new ones keep coming and then there is no place to keep them.
    http://iandbooks.wordpress.com/

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