Getting Rid of Books: Easier Than Ever Before?


The Little Free Library is one way to “recycle” the books you don’t need on your shelves anymore…


A New York Times article we posted on our new Facebook page last week quoted Dr. Ruth Westheimer stating, as a condition at the outset of her attempt to get rid of an overwhelming amount of clutter in her Manhattan apartment, “I can’t get rid of my books.”

Her remark prompted a visitor to our page to say he has lots of trouble with getting rid of books too. But that he realized he wasn’t reading them, “and someone else can.” Our reader was contemplating selling some of his books on, or to a local used bookstore.

For many people, getting rid of books is really hard to do. And yet, we are living in a time when it should actually be becoming a little bit easier, even for hardcore bibliophiles.

I know that for me being able to pull a favorite novel off the shelf in order to be able to quote a particular passage word-for-word in the middle of a conversation with friends used to be one of my reasons for wanting to keep an extensive home library.

But with more and more books available in digital form or online these days, that’s really not a very good reason anymore.

So if clutter is an issue in your life, now is a good time to take a good hard look at your book collection and ask yourself if you really need all that wonderful information in exactly this form.

I’ve done some selling on in the past year, and I found the system they have set up easy to navigate, very user-friendly,  and certainly a better way to make a little bit of money selling used books than yard sales.

But there are a variety of other options for finding new homes for your beloved books.  Some are for profit, others offer no reward other than the great satisfaction inherent in getting books you’re not using anymore into the hands of those who will benefit from, or simply enjoy them.

Here are a few articles that may be helpful in getting you started.

Janet Hulstrand is a writer/editor, writing coach, travel blogger, and coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home.

One Response

  1. […] my days in the place I am currently living are probably numbered. As I have previously discussed here, many of the reasons I wanted to keep books I had already read on my shelves no longer exist. So, […]

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