Since the little one is home today, I am not able to tackle a very large project, so I decided to begin working on sorting my portion of our book collection.
To say we own a large number of books would be an understatement. I know that we do not own as many books as some people, but we still own enough books to fill three six-foot bookcases and possibly four. We have done well by not buying many new books over the last few years, but we have relatives who like to give us books and the supply never seems to end.
We have to get rid of some of our books because we need to use the current "library" as the baby's room come November. This need has provided the proper motivation to finally go through all our books and weed out the ones we really do not need to hold on to.
As an English major, I own a number of classic literature books. I held onto many of the books hoping that I might one day have the opportunity to teach an American or British Literature class. Since I have become a stay-at-home mom, I do not see that dream becoming a reality any time soon, so I have decided to remove many of the books from our collection.
We also own a number of history books, Bible study aid books, and Christian living books along with a number of biographies.
The process has not been as painful for me as I thought it might be. If I want to read some of these books again, I plan to make better us of the local library instead of spending money and adding more clutter to the house.
So far I have managed to sort out enough of my books to only take up two shelves on our five-shelf bookcase (my books were on all five shelves). Now I need to decide what to do with the books I no longer need. Some books I plan to donate to one of the local charities, and I am considering selling some books online. I just do not know if trying to sell the books online will be worth my time and effort, but I guess I need to give it a try or I will never know.