When I first started exploring minimalism, I had a real question of whether or not I could minimize my incredibly large stock pile of books. I don’t know what it is about books, but I love them, and I had made up my mind to simplify, but to hold off on attacking my personal library. I have tons of books from childhood story books to college text books to books I don’t think are even mine but that I inherited from family or friends and books I love to read over and over and over again because I really enjoy the story as well as books I’m fairly certain I’ll never read and I’m not even sure where or when I bought them and then there is the occasional book that I bought just because everyone else was reading it but I’m pretty sure I’ve never even cracked the binding. There are bookshelves full of books and bins full to the brim of them as well. I also have an unhealthy amount of notebooks from school that I haven’t quite let go of yet either.
Recently, after considering yet another move, and moving all of these books again, I decided enough is enough – at least for the notebooks, and I’m scanning them in so I have a digital version. I tried to do this myself, but it’s much too cumbersome and I’m not sure I really want to spend hours doing this so I am going to give Blue Leaf Scanning a try. I’m not sure how expensive it will be but I’ll do the math. Regardless, it’ll be much cheaper than moving all those notebooks again, of that I’m sure. I’m quite proud of my notebooks (as you can see, I’ve created a whole blog about it) so just pitching them doesn’t sit well with me.
On the book front, I’m still not that comfortable with the idea of purging my book collection however I have found a couple resources that have me warming to the idea which I’ll share with you below. First off, libraries are great. I’ve found that most of them have a digital catalog as well, and I’ve been taking advantage and downloading content to my kindle to read. I’ve also found a non-profit company that takes book donations and in turn runs a book store/cafe that teaches local youth in need how to run a business. The proceeds of the book/cafe sales go to paying the wages of those youth in their employ. I feel like donating my books to this cause will give new life to those books and maybe help someone in need.
- My friend Xandra had the same philosophy of minimalism but excluding books which she discusses in her blog post.
- Courtney Carver recently posted on the joy of reading, and letting go of books. My favorite quote from these posts is:
The joy of books isn’t found in organizing them alphabetically, storing them on shelves or in boxes, or moving them from home to home. – Courtney Carver, Be More With Less
- Tammy Strobel wrote an article on her blog and for AOL about letting go of paper and books which I think started me thinking about this whole concept in the first place.
- The Minimalists also talk about how getting rid of books actually got them to start reading more in this post.
I hope you have a great weekend, and happy reading! 🙂