1 room, 3 bookshelves, 234 books Well, it’s an improvement.

I’ve reduced the number of books in my room from 553 to 234. Still a lot, I know. But this number will be reduced further as I am planning on re-gifting some books at Christmas and selling some books on Amazon (or trying to). I also have a tall pile of books I want to read/reread before deciding what to do with them.

What did I do with all the books? I donated most of them to our church bazaar, and some to the Cerebral Palsy people. My aunt took a few (or a lot, depending on your perspective) and I threw a couple in the recycling bin as they had come apart or were water damaged.

IMG_1466My goal is to get rid of this one bookshelf that prevents my closet door from opening fully. There aren’t actually a lot of books in it. It holds mostly CDs and VHS tapes (and some cassette tapes if you can believe it). But if I get rid of enough books on my other two bookshelves I’ll be able to move these CDs and tapes and totally eliminate this bookshelf from my room. I already did a cull of my CDs last year but I can probably get rid of some of the VHS and cassette tapes.

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Auctioning off my gumball machine

IMG_1394I acquired this gumball machine earlier this year when I was helping my great aunt and uncle move from their house of 50 years to a condo. (This is not the book loving aunt or the aunt in the retirement home. I’ve got a lot of aunts who have a lot of stuff.) The condo they bought was actually bigger than their house, but they still had to get rid of a bunch of things, the gumball machine being one of them. I took it home, cleaned it up and then had a lot of fun buying different candies to put in it.

After a while though, I grew bored with the gumball machine. It’s much easier to eat candies out of the bag/box, than to empty the bag/box into the machine and then find coins to feed the machine, only to get the candy portioned out in tiny increments. The gumball machine was just sitting empty collecting dust, which is what it was doing at my aunt’s house before I got it.

Since I wasn’t using it, I thought I’d let someone else have a chance to have fun with it and raise some money for our church too. I donated it to be auctioned off in the silent auction at their annual bazaar. Someone bought it for $25!

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Donating a Fan

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Here is a lovely hand painted fan that I am donating to be sold at our church’s bazaar next month.

This fan is beautiful, but it’s been sitting closed in a drawer for years. I’m letting it go in the hope that it will find someone who will really appreciate it.

We do have a lot of beautiful things that are just hidden away because we have no room to display them. It’s kind of a shame.

I have come to realize that I can appreciate beautiful things, without needing to own them.

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Duplicates + 1 = Triplicates

Remember when I talked about duplicates? Well I found some more.

I went through one of my dad’s bookshelves. He has a collection of books by Robert Ludlum, Louis L’Amour, John D. MacDonald and others, totalling 189 books. While I was putting them in alphabetical order, I discovered the following:

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  • Two copies of the entire Bourne Trilogy (we must really like Jason Bourne)
  • Two copies of one John D. MacDonald book
  • Duplicate copies of ten Louis L’Amour books
  • Three copies of The Burning Hills by Louis L’Amour!

Now we are into triplicates! Sheesh! I am realizing just how ridiculous our situation is.

Well that’s another fourteen books that we are donating to the upcoming church bazaar.

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The Library

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This is one quarter of the books that are in our “library”

Our family has too many books.

We have a room that we call the library because two entire walls are filled with floor to ceiling bookshelves full of books (and VHS and DVD movies – but that’s a story for another post). There are also bookshelves in the three other bedrooms and in the living room, hallway, back room and basement.

It never dawned on me that we have an abnormal amount of books until quite recently. Perhaps I was subconsciously comparing the number of books we own to the number of books Rex Harrison owns in the movie My Fair Lady. Compared to that library, we hardly have any books at all really. However, in the past year or so, I started noticing that most real people I know only have one or two bookshelves in their entire house/condo. We have nineteen.

I am almost afraid to count how many books we own. I’m thinking it’s in the thousands. Yikes! Now I’m thinking of all the trees we have personally killed. Now I am sad. 😦

I’m sure between the four of us, we have read all of these books at least once, but I estimate that we only reread about 5% of them.

I don’t know why we felt we had to buy all of these books in the first place. There is a magical place where we can get almost any book we want for FREE. It is called the Toronto Public Library.

I feel like we shouldn’t have to own all these books if the Toronto Public Library is going to go to the trouble of owning and storing all those books anyway. We might as well take advantage of the free storage.

I think using the public library is great. If we had used it more in the past, then we wouldn’t have all these books in our house now. I’m going to have to start donating and selling some books, but with so many it’s hard to know where to start. At least I got rid of the bathroom joke books by donating them to the Cerebral Palsy foundation.

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