… Not actually that sad.
Last night we laid out the space and we estimate that between the two of us we can fit in about 11 bookcases in the new apartment.
Currently we have 16 bookcases and 2 built-ins.
We’re still working on deaccessioning the relatively easy stuff. I’m down under 1300 books, from a high well over 1500. My partner has at least that many, too!
We’re going through by areas of the house. Some bookshelves are just full of stuff that can’t go. Others are full of chaff. So we start with the chaff.
Gonna be a lean mean LIVING IN PARADISE machine.
I discovered there are some books I was keeping out of guilt, and now I feel great about letting go of them. I have some “I’m never going to read this” and “I read this but don’t ever ever want to read again” and “why do I have this?” (note that it took YEARS into our relationship before I EVER felt ok about getting rid of a book he’d given me as a gift. But now I know we just have love and a stable relationship, and there will be more gifts.) There are also books that I realized I can get rid of because I’ve internalized the knowledge that I need from them after many years.
At some point we’re going to end up having to make hard choices. Probably what will happen is we’ll bring way too many books anyway and have to deal with it there in some way. I’m totes gonna overfill the bookcases we have with double-stacking and all. It gonna be all jenga up inside. And then who knows?
We could add something moralistic about minimalism or money spent or what have you, but that would just be patronizing, so we won’t bore you with that. I HAVE NO REGRETS. Except the regret that downsizing comes with deaccessioning, but sacrifices must be made, and there’s a good library in walking distance to our new apartment. In the meantime, onto the next quadrant!
#2 notes that they have 13 bookcases, including built-ins, but that’s only because her partner tends to get rid of books after reading them rather than holding on to them. (Sometimes he’ll be halfway through a new book he just bought and realize he bought it, read it, and got rid of it years ago.) Also most of her newly purchased romance novels are on kindle.
Bibliophiles, how do you deal with not having enough space for books?