Shelf Awareness: How to Decide What Books to Get Rid Of

If you’re anything like me, getting rid of books is one of the hardest things you have to do as a reader. I just love having bookcases packed full of books all around my apartment. It really doesn’t even matter if my shelves include books I disliked or most likely won’t ever read again, I just enjoy seeing them all lined up and pretty. It’s my brand.

Let’s be honest though, what you see in that picture is a problem. My shelves are getting to the point where they are so unruly that they look horrible and probably are becoming a hazard with how precariously things are stacked on them. When my shelves become overflowing with books I tend to get complacent and throw a whole bunch of other things on them too that don’t really have any other home (like that carbon monoxide detector that belongs on the wall but I’ve been too busy reading to hang). Because of this mess, I figured it was time to start considering a major unhaul. But how do you decide what books to get rid of when you honestly just want to keep them all?

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