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Runningaway
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Default  Posted: 11:47 PM, June 8th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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?


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Default  Posted: 12:41 AM, June 9th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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.


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Default  Posted: 1:33 AM, June 9th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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!


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Default  Posted: 6:51 AM, June 9th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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.


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Default  Posted: 7:10 AM, June 9th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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.


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Default  Posted: 7:28 AM, June 9th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

t/j:

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.


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Default  Posted: 1:23 PM, June 9th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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.


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Default  Posted: 7:20 AM, June 10th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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.


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Default  Posted: 9:14 AM, June 10th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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)]


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Default  Posted: 9:25 AM, June 10th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

www.paperbackswap.com

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)]


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Default  Posted: 9:30 AM, June 10th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

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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