It’s Tuesday. Time for the Slice of Life Community found at Two Writing Teachers. Welcome the #2019SOLCommunity.
If you have followed Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram over the last week, there have been a lot of comments made about Marie Kondo’s suggestion that thirty books may be enough for your home.
I even replied with “That’s a hard no.”
I’ve been thinking about this. In the fall, I brought up seven boxes of books up from the garage. Boxes from school. I tasked myself with figuring out how to integrate school life with home life as a retired person.
I knew that some books would have to go. In the library world, it’s called weeding. So as I sorted through the books, I asked myself why I was keeping the book.
I have books from childhood, old paperbacks, books that belonged to my parents. I have poetry books, writing books, and general children’s books.
I made piles: ones to donate to my friend’s Rotary rummage sale, ones for The Little Free Library for school, ones a friend becoming a teacher might want, and then some to just donate.
In a way, I used Kondo’s idea, evaluating why I was keeping the book. I didn’t whittle to 30 but I have limited space for what can be in my library.
I also bought an additional bookcase.
I also choose to use the local public library for most of my fiction reading.
It’s a way for me to stay organized with books. Someone once told.me they worried that my house would be filled with piles of books and no where to walk. They could be right because I love me a pile of books.