Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
I had started packing STUFF to be put into storage until I move. I was packing books. I have lots of books. I believe I had enough to supply a small library. New books, old books, cook books, quilting books, crafting books, gardening books, canning books, art books, and self help books. Well, ok, not enough to stock a library but I do have at least 300 and about 100 magazines.
I packed many (not all) into boxes.
Diaper boxes hold a surprising number of books. Gosh they sure were heavy. I knew I would need someone to help me get them to the storage place. I kept thinking about all those books. When was the last time I actually opened some of them to read the contents? Did I really need them all?
The longer I thought about those boxes of books, and the other books stacked all over the place, the more I realized I don’t need all of them anymore. I can let a great many of those books go to new homes.
So, I unpacked those boxes. Sorted the books into stacks of like subjects. Quilt books with quilt books, cook books with cook books, and so forth.
I spent an afternoon evaluating my book collection. I asked myself a couple of questions when choosing what to keep and what to get rid of. 1) When was the last time I actually looked into the pages of this book? 2) Owning a book is sort of like holding onto the knowledge it contains. But, do I really need to know the same things now that I did back in the 50’s?
I narrowed the book purge to just these boxes from the original diaper boxes. These boxes are about the size of two packs of computer printer paper. 8 1/2″ by 11″ by 5″. They are smaller than they appear in the photo. No, I did not visit the post office to get these. I save them when quilts are shipped to me to be quilted. They are a very convenient size for storage and sometimes I use them to re-ship a finished quilt going home.
One of these boxes holds my favorite cooking reference books. I narrowed them down to just five. I haven’t gone through all the quilting books yet. Those will be harder to purge because I use them in my quilting business. I’m going to do that later this week.
I had thought about selling some of the books but that would mean keeping them until sold which would also mean moving them. I don’t want to bother with that so the books are being donated to the library for their next book sale.