Simplifying

After months of talking about how our lives were more complicated than we could deal with, R and I took a step in simplifying.

Our apartment is overflowing with books. Five to six years ago, we got new bookshelves to deal with the problem. Three years ago, we just started putting the extra books in boxes that slowly started piling up. Two years ago, R was banned from buying new books and mostly bought his books in e-book format. Of course this meant he has had several e-book readers including two version of the Sony Reader and every version of the Kindle. But it seemed worth it compared to having more books enter the house.

At the end of 2010 though, we had about five thousand books in the house and we made the decision to donate most of them. R found a charity recommended by the NY Public Library (which no longer accepts any books) and off we went. First R and then I went through every book we had, making a “keep” or “give decision. We ended up keeping around a thousand books. There was a battle over some.

Of the four thousand others, we invited our friends to come take as many as they wanted (a small sample of them in the pictures below). Over the course of a week, about 9 boxes of books were scooped up by friends, including a box that will be shipped to Canada and one to San Francisco. Some of them are already in Chile. Pretty cool.

And a couple of weeks ago, the other 50 boxes were collected by the charity.

It was not an easy process, but it feels good. Over 90% of our book purchases will be electronic going forward. Which… makes me think of all the things that I need e-readers to do to live up to the wonderful, tangible, real world benefits physical books in a home offer. I’ll save that for the next post…

  • Broom

    I SO would have taken about a thousand of those! 🙁

  • Broom

    I SO would have taken about a thousand of those! 🙁

  • Wait… are you in NYC? I tweeted and FB’d the offer – in retrospect, I should have blogged it too…

  • Wait… are you in NYC? I tweeted and FB’d the offer – in retrospect, I should have blogged it too…

  • Broom

    Nah – Am in London. Hence the sad smiley.

  • Broom

    Nah – Am in London. Hence the sad smiley.

  • Interesting …
    Now I won’t feel that bad I guess because of piling up.
    But Books, They Smell too good old or new 🙂

  • Interesting …
    Now I won’t feel that bad I guess because of piling up.
    But Books, They Smell too good old or new 🙂