Most book lovers have a tendency to keep a huge number of books - more books than they have space for, and books that don't really serve a purpose in their lives any more. Even professional organizers can struggle with this.
Here is how fellow organizer Kate Murrell deals with her books, quoted by permission.
I recently sat down and did the numbers in my own book collection.For another organizer's rules of thumb, read Susan Sabo.
I have been divesting my book in serious quantities. Last year was 8 book boxes. Two years before it was 22 book boxes. My conversation with myself went like this:
Q: How many books do you read a year?
Q: How many more years are you going to live?
A: 30 (with a lot of luck). That is 3000 more books to read in my life.
Q: Of the book in your library how many more are you really going to read?
A: Maybe 50.
Q: How many books are really reference that you will really really really go to instead of the internet?
A: Work in progress. Each year I get rid of more.
Q: How many are precious old friends that you just like to have around?
A: Maybe 100.
The books are now read, logged (to prevent repeats; I like to read series) and put directly into a box that will go to the library book sale that year.
Organizing Your Bookshelves
Clearing Out the Bookshelves
[photo by illustir / Alper Çuğun]