L is for Literature
If you're a book lover, I have no doubt that you have some signed editions on your shelves.
You have your TBR pile stacked.
You have books that you've perhaps bought more than once just because you wanted both covers.
You look at your beloved friends multiplying year after year. And if you're trying to adopt minimalism, the guilt sets in.
I've wrestled with that dilemma.
Ultimately, I decided to give away hundreds of my books a few years ago. Read about how I answered the question: Book Hoarder or Minimalist?
Since writing that post in San Francisco, I have increased the number of e-books I buy. I still make liberal use of the library. And I have more friends here in Tucson who loan out and swap books.
When we moved from San Francisco back to Tucson, the number of shelves we own did increase. We have two tall six-shelf bookcases and another puzzle bookcase that allows for several book configurations.
Another strategy that's helped me is recognizing my intent. Sometimes I buy books knowing that once I read them, I will pass them on. I don't intend to keep them forever. Knowing that this relationship is temporary from the beginning helps me part with my friends.
And I've come to a decision that I, thankfully, have not had to implement yet.
Once shelf space is tight, if I bring a new book into our home, I have to donate one.
There's still room to grow for both my collection and My Person's. And we don't buy oodles of physical books. But some day, we will run out of room, so knowing that I'll have to replace some books helps mentally prepare me for pruning.