Monday, September 03, 2012

The Great Labor Day Purge

So, because I actually need to access my home office (and because I value my marraige) I spent the holiday weekend organizing all my books, mostly to get rid of as many as possible. The 2 photos below should make the problem clear.
 


After a few hours of work I was this far (the piles are actually organized - trust me):
 
 
 
After a bit longer (still orgainzied, just lest distinguishable. My son launched a great expedition to climb Mount TBR):
 
 
 
And finally, I dicovered that I do actually have bookshelves back there.
 
 
19 boxes of books.
 
 
 
They are on there way to a combination of a local used bookstore and the library (though I imagine quite a few will find their way into the recycling system). I'm exhausted, but it's nice to have my office back. Any bets on how long it'll take before I'm drowning again?

11 comments:

redhead said...

i give ya 8 months.

Neth said...

dear lord I hope it's longer than that.

Neth said...

but it probably won't be

Justin said...

Oh. My. God. I would be divorced. My wife would carve books into my flesh. Or something awful.

Neth said...

she tries to tell herself that I could have a much worse vice than this. But she's a type-a neat-freek, so I'd probably be better off if I was a drinker (OK, more of a drinker)

Antonakis said...

Daaaawwwmmnnn that's a lot of books!! My father must have around the same ammount of books in his bookcase and it took him 2-3 days to organize all of them. I'm afraid to say though that probably in less than 6 months you'll be drowning again under piles of books.

Josh (Fixed on Fantasy) said...

I could never get rid of a single one of my books - they're a collection for me, a treasure. Plus they're expensive, especially since I only buy new! You had so much more room on that shelf - it's all about maximising space! But good work nonetheless!

PS: I'll get back to you in a few years when my partner starts making threats.

Neth said...

Well Josh, good luck with that - and I mean it. 5 years ago I was the same way. But I've run out of space. And no, there isn't much space on those shelves - they are stacked 2 deep. I'm guessing that I got rid of close to 400 books this weekend, and my remaining shelf - nearly full with the 1000+ I still have.

Plus, I'm still receiving about a book a day. I hope to cut down on that with digital ARCs, but there is no magical button to click to make that happen.

Weijian said...

Any chance for giveaways ;)

Brad Murgen said...

I did this a year ago when I moved cross-country. Got rid of some 400 books that I realized I would never read again. Almost all went to the local library. Pretty liberating, actually.

Guillermo Aristy said...

I am torn over whether to pity you or wish I was in your position o.o

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