I've been going through the same sort of process for a long time now. One motivating factor behind me getting a Kindle was because I had too many damn books. I've also started selling off on Amazon copies of the books I replaced via Kindle editions.
In my ideal world, we would have a massive library. Because I am made happy by the mere presence of books.
I have a Kindle reader on my phone, and I use it, but I still love physical books in a sensual way.
I grew up in a house with thousands of books in. It's only that I've moved twice in the past two years that makes me less likely to hold onto books just because that's what you do--made me more practical. Because damn, having lots of books makes it hard to move. And I have only a few bookcases full.
Oh dear God, yes. I have this exact problem. Between a small, old house with little storage space and the tendency to take in too much stuff I fear for floor space. So I feel your pain.
i hear your pain. my mother has my grandmother's things (from a two bedroom house, plus storage room) and her things (from a 4 bedroom house with a stuffed garage) poured into a 3 bedroom, one car garage house.
and every time i go over there, she GIVES me things. some things, i keep. (like the container my grandmother made pickled beets in.) some, i do not. (like some of the stuff that she gives me that was mine, and i have NO idea why it was kept for decades!)
sometimes it's stuff that's still in good shape, which is brought home, stored in the garage till i have a goodly amount to go to the goodwill store (or to the store that helps the mental illness association) and then i do a drop-off. that way, it's still USED by someone. :)
photos, though, last forever!
I am working hard to refrain from the "I'll give it to my friends' kids!" form of decluttering. It's just cruel to burden someone else with my unwanteds!
I love this rant! I always recommend that people give experiences - tickets to a show or concert, a meal out, or going an adventure of some kind.
Massages. Massages are the best gift EVER.
Best of luck with your decluttering. Ours has been an ongoing project for over a year, now.
I don't even know how we got so much stuff. It's like it went into the closet and had babies!
Elves. Definitely Elves.
Of course all your books together only count as one thing. It is your Book Collection.
That it fills several rooms is beside the point!
I completely understand. Should I find one of those "Oh, she (and/or her beloved) *need* this...", I'll snap a photo to send to you on FB. :D
awesome! Now I know where to send all the books I'm trying to declutter my overstuffed house from! (just kidding. sort of. I do want them to have a good home that will love them.)
I am shuffling books out of the house in this process, as I always do, so I probably won't be a good home. But I always want something new to read!