Yesterday was a pleasant day, and one of realisations.
I realised that I no longer have the need to browse through books looking at pictures of other peoples homes. I no longer need to gather inspiration for what I want. I know what I want in my home, and bit by bit, piece by piece as other things leave the house, the things that I want are showing themselves and I have them all.
This sudden realisation made it so easy to let go of so many of my books.
Section by section I emptied the shelves ...
... and one by one I flicked through the books.
Housey ones just didn't make it back.
There was space left over to sort and catergorise the ones that were going back.
Gardening books together, self sufficiency ones together, unread cookery books together.
By the time I had finished, the shelves were full again ...
.... all full, but now none were piled on top of others, all had a place ...
... and all had been looked at.
Yes, I still have a lot of books, but now these can be perused at leisure in the next sweep of sorting. For now I know that all the ones of the shelves are ones that I do want to look through when I have time to do it properly.
I'm wondering now if the fiction books that I own will ever be read. I am pondering at whether they will be coming with us to the new house at all.
It feels good to be sorting, during this Year of Less I'm enjoying that now I have even less books. I filled two plastic boxes with books for the car boot sale yesterday, books that should get us a good price, who'd have thought it, me letting go of books and feeling better for it !!
You can click on any of the pictures to get a closer look at the book titles that got to stay, I know I love to have a good
nosey peek at other peoples bookshelves :-)