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  1. ItsCJStark
    February 23, 2018 @ 3:52 pm

    I used to have a lot of books – about 3500. And then I moved house and never again am I moving 3500 books! It nearly killed me. I also wanted to de-clutter so I simply gave away anything I knew I was not going to read again. I gave to charity shops and community libraries etc.
    Now I probably only have about 200 physical books. I bought a kindle and went digital. So much easier. I’m a lover of ‘stories’, rather than ‘books’ so it suits me just fine.
    I did impose a book buying ban on myself recently because I was spending too much money on books. One way I found that helped with this was to create tbr-owned and tbr-dno lists on Goodreads. Now, when I see a book that interests me, instead of immediately buying it, I add it to my tbr-dno list. It has helped me get my tbr-owned list down a bit. Every now and then I go onto my tbr-dno list and remove those that no longer appeal to me. 🙂

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    • Amy
      February 23, 2018 @ 5:13 pm

      Where did you store those book?! Was your walls covered in them?
      See I have a kindle but sometimes it doesn’t appeal to me when I read on it. I have no idea but I prefer holding a book. I might try to turn some series into kindle books.
      Thanks for tip about Goodreads. I will definitely do that this weekend!

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      • ItsCJStark
        February 23, 2018 @ 5:26 pm

        Pretty much I just had books everywhere. I lived in an open plan apartment and in the living space I just had a desk with pc, and a chair. Everything else in the room were books and bookshelves! Once I filled the bookshelves I started piling them up, and ended up with a pile 3 books deep, about 8 foot long and about 6 foot high! It was a major fire risk XD

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        • Amy
          February 23, 2018 @ 5:27 pm

          My God. You had your own book cave.

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          • ItsCJStark
            February 23, 2018 @ 5:31 pm

            I really did. And dust induced asthma! Now I have empty space, but I can breath. XD

  2. LaRonda @ FlyingPaperbacks
    February 23, 2018 @ 7:17 pm

    I never know how to go about unhauling books. I’ve never done it before, so every time I look at the clutter I think “where are you supposed to go??” XD

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    • Amy
      February 24, 2018 @ 11:05 pm

      This is my problem right now 😂😂

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  3. Ashley Rae
    February 24, 2018 @ 12:13 am

    I would buy more shelves. 😂

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  4. withloveleighann
    February 24, 2018 @ 11:00 pm

    Ahh I wish I had that problem! I really need to read more!! I like hard copies!

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  5. Lauren (@slayingbooks)
    February 26, 2018 @ 5:06 pm

    It was hard, but about two years ago I made the brave decision to box up about 70 of my YAS and donate them to my old high school. I remembered being in high school (2004-2008) and hating how my school library didn’t have any good books, they were all like from the 80s. It felt good donating. Looking back now, I can’t even remember the titles of half those books. Apparently I didn’t need them as badly as I thought I did. These days, I only buy books I’ve library loaned and loved, or books that are from all time favorite authors.

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  6. Hiro
    March 13, 2018 @ 3:48 pm

    In my parents’ house, I have so many books that I can’t even keep track of them when they start popping up from random closets, space between couch, shelves, etc. Here, in my small NYC apartment, I made the conscious choice to not buy any more physical books, because I just don’t have enough space for them! I’ve gone fully digital for most things, and haven’t looked back! I have plenty of space, especially because I rent most of the books I read via the library, and when I REALLY like it and want a hard copy, I just buy those. So the only books I have are ones I’ve read and liked enough to want a physical copy. It makes for a much better-curated library!
    Or when I read something and I like it, and I happen to have bought a physical copy because they didn’t have a digital copy, I would give it away to a friend who would also benefit from it. It’s worked out great in the past few years. 🙂
    I also wrote an article a little while back on how I read most of my books for free, without the space: http://twistedpaths.org/free-books/

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  7. Empress DJ
    March 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

    Every time I try to pare down my TBR, I squander hours 😉

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  8. Saturday Nite Reader
    March 29, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

    You can be a book fairy with some of them?! Its super fun: https://www.facebook.com/bookfairiesworldwide/
    If you want a few stickers, I can certainly send some to get you started.

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    • bookwormscornerblogspot
      March 29, 2018 @ 6:07 pm

      I love the Book fairies idea.

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    • Amy
      March 29, 2018 @ 7:17 pm

      I’ll check that link out tonight. Thanks for the suggestion

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  9. Heidi
    March 29, 2018 @ 11:41 pm

    I get rid of some books time to time- especially ones I don’t get around to reading for over a year.

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  10. terriluvsbooks
    March 30, 2018 @ 1:45 am

    Before I had kids, I had a lot of books. I also had a home office and an office at work. Then I had kids and as they grew so did the amount of stuff we had in the house. I moved from California to NC with fourteen boxes of books. With my first unhaul, I ended up with over 300$ credit at the used bookstore. Which I don’t know why I went there because that’s a place you normally go to trade in books for more. So now I mostly just buy ebooks. I can carry my whole TBR with me all the time if I want.

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  11. kisslikeagirl
    March 30, 2018 @ 2:04 am

    We have a couple Little Free Libraries (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Free_Library) near where I live. I always feel good leaving books there.

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  12. Megan @ Ginger Mom
    April 2, 2018 @ 2:37 am

    Oh, what a conundrum 🙂 I faced a similar problem this month. I have about 30 books sitting around that don’t fit on my shelves but the wall space I have doesn’t allow for another shelf where it is without some major moving of furniture. I know I should probably do an unhaul…giving books away is just so HARD! Good luck 🙂

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