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Runningaway posted 6/8/2013 23:47 PM

I found a new home for my old mattress so I have a regular height bed again! I got rid of a very large piece of furniture that ex left for me to deal with and I have started getting rid of building supplies for projects I know I'm not going to get to in this house.

Then I decided I deserved a present and bought new towels. So...maybe I'm not a master yet exactly.

But I'm getting there. I am making a list by room of everything that I know I won't bring with me to a new house.

Any thoughts on books? I LOVE having books. I read a lot. I mostly buy my books on my kindle now though. Books are very heavy and take up a lot of space. I keep looking at my bookshelves with a mix of love and fear. I think sometimes I should try and pare it back a bit. Maybe just get rid of the bodice-rippers?

fraeuken posted 6/9/2013 00:41 AM

I took my books to a local second hand book store who gave me a certificate. So I could get new books or my kids could while getting rid of my old ones. And once we have read the new books we go through the cycle yet again..

Sorry, can't help much here, I bought some cheap bookshelves at IKEA and proudly display my favorites. Books are to be cherished and to be displayed.

Dreamboat posted 6/9/2013 01:33 AM

A used book store (that way you have credit to restock after you move) and/or the local library.

If you do move your books, make sure you pack in small boxes. I made the mistake of packing books in medium sized boxes one time and they weighed A TON! They were hard to move.

Good luck!

Sad in AZ posted 6/9/2013 06:51 AM

Man, are books hard to move! I have many beloved knitting books that I just cannot part with but I just dread moving them again.

risingfromashes posted 6/9/2013 07:10 AM

How did you get rid of the large piece of furniture? I have been saddled with this problem!

There are charities that take books. Try googling donate books.

Sad in AZ posted 6/9/2013 07:28 AM


Rising-if you want to give it away, see if there is a Freecycle in your area. Also, many of the donation organizations (Goodwill, etc.) will pick up large items from you.

Runningaway posted 6/9/2013 13:23 PM

Rising - I put it on craigslist for free. I was a specialty piece and I wasn't willing to put any effort into selling it.

Dealing with the books in my bedroom is my next goal. I need to study this week I have a statistics exam on Thursday but by next weekend I want to have a plan in place. And part of that plan has to include taking down the badly built bookshelves that are currently a safety hazard.

wontdefineme posted 6/10/2013 07:20 AM

Baby wipe boxes are perfect for packing books.

To prepare for move, go through every draw and cupboard and see what you don't need. Pack,move, leave everything else and garage sale the next day.

I left a ton I didn't need or could fit into new apartment. Makes me not want to buy stuff anymore. Necessaries like towels yes, nicknacks no.

FaithFool posted 6/10/2013 09:14 AM

Well after five moves in as many years I can totally relate!

I have *one* nice looking book unit and that's what I'm limiting myself to. It is teak laminate and it's the first thing I see in the morning when I walk into the living room, and I love it.

Have some of my mom's old ones which I'll never part with, an "Ireland" shelf with grandad's picture on it, a handful of Beatrix Potters from my childhood, rock and roll biographies and of course my history nerd stuff, and some English lit.

That's it. Six small boxes (wine boxes are perfect).

I donate paperbacks if I buy them and finish them.

Some you can't part with though.

Going to be spending some time with the pile that is currently in my new bedroom and doing some serious culling.

[This message edited by FaithFool at 9:14 AM, June 10th (Monday)]

wildbananas posted 6/10/2013 09:25 AM

You basically swap books for the cost of the postage, which is the media mail rate ($2.47, I think). For every book you send to a member, you get a credit for one. Everyone posts books they want to get rid of and you have a wish list of ones you want and when one on your list is available, it's yours. You sometimes have to wait in the queue a bit longer for more popular books but overall, it's the best thing ever.

[This message edited by wildbananas at 9:26 AM, June 10th (Monday)]

lieshurt posted 6/10/2013 09:30 AM

You could always donate the books to a senior assisted living facility. They typically have a mini library for the seniors there.

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