I spent some time this morning going through one of the bookcases in our house. This one has craft/sewing/quilting, marriage, personal, and some homeschooling books. I have a few places where I put our homeschooling books, and it was getting annoying not having them all in one spot. Well, a few weeks ago, Billy put up a big shelving system in our bathroom. We had a wire draw unit made for closets in there holding all of our stuff. Now I moved it to Marguerite’s closet and have moved all of my homeschooling books that are not currently being used into the empty drawers.
I packed up a few grocery bags of paperback books. Cheap editions of Hamlet, Wizard of Oz, Cross Creek and other titles. I saved a few books that I think we will use in the next year or two, but all the rest will go to the Friends of the Library Sale. Did I hear some of you gasp? Do you think that books are precious? Do you love to read and cherish your books? I do too. But there are other factors here.
The first is that our house is only so big. Three adults, two children and several pets have lots of stuff. Billy has a computer business that has it own “supplies”, I have my sewing/crafting stuff, and we home school. We live in our house. Actually live, not just sleep. There are many people who work outside of their home and their children go to school. Their house is empty for a large part of the day. We live here – all day long. Don’t get me wrong. I love it this way. But we have to be careful in how much stuff we bring into the house.
The second factor of getting rid of perfectly good books is that I want my kids to love the library as much as I do. We go to the library usually once a week. We check out books, magazines, comic books, music, movies and books on tape/CD. The library is a great resource. I love (LOVE) the library. When we first got married, I started buying books at book stores. It was such a luxury. But I quickly came to my senses and realized what a waste it is to buy a book and only read it once and then donate it or keep it. Don’t feel bad if you buy books. This is my personal conviction. Now I buy reference books and books for homeschooling that I can’t find in the library. I try to get our school books from the library as much as I can. Which would you rather read? A hardcover, nice sized, nice font, lovely illustrations/pictures, with nice paper or a small, paper back with small print, bad/no pictures on cheap paper? The first from the library or the latter from the book store? I can’t afford to buy nice additions of all the books I would want for ourselves. And if I could, where would I store all of them? And would I really want to keep them if we would probably only read them once?
And on another note:
A couple of pictures for a quilt top that I made yesterday. Ever have a quilting idea stewing in your head and you just have to make it now? This is one of those times.