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Old 03-10-2013, 08:44 PM   #11
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Same problem here. We have thousands. We homeschool too which makes getting rid of books extra hard...I went through a few shelves tonight and got rid of maybe 20 total. My boys read books EVERY day. I can get rid of adult books so easily. I have maybe 30 total and have even gotten rid of all of my pregnancy books...but the kids books are a different story. I am just taking out ones we don't actually read..ones that aren't in current rotation. Another problem is we take bags and boxes to the local bookstore which is a not-for-profit and we still leave with a bag full. For example we take in 200 and still leave with 25...it's downsizing but still acquiring. I just have such a hard telling my kids no to books about things they want to read about. My mother had a library of books for us and currently the third floor of her home is nothing but a library lol. I get it honestly. My son is also following in the same footsteps, he would rather read than do anything. Everywhere he goes he takes a book or two.

Books and movies are my trouble areas...I can get rid of everything else easily. We also have about 450 movies (hiding) but we have no regular tv/cable etc so they are the only thing we watch.

I will be watching this thread for ideas because after a year of decluttering and feeling so free from junk our movie and book collections hasn't changed much

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I love to read and have trouble saying no to books too. Maybe I need to train her to use the library more. She's like a kid in a candy store when we go there. And we homeschool too but just started and I can see that being a real issue. With the Internet available plus the library I'm trying to limit the books to the curriculum at the moment.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:56 PM   #13
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I will be watching this thread for ideas because after a year of decluttering and feeling so free from junk our movie and book collections hasn't changed much
As far as the movies I got rid of all of the jewel cases. I bought zippered folders that hold 244 each I think. I have all CDs in one and all movies in another. I love it! It's easier to have my dd put them up too and the baby can't open the zipper yet.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:48 PM   #14
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I resisted getting rid of books for a long time. Just recently I finally did a huge purge... HUGE! I got rid of about 3/4 of our books. We have a ton of built in bookcases and two kids who love to read so I had justified keeping the books for a long, long time.

Now that we have gotten rid of a large majority of the books, I feel like a huge burden has been lifted. I don't have to dread reading story books because I only kept the ones I love to read. I got rid of all the books I felt like my kids "should" read but didn't want to. It is super easy to put books back where they belong because there is more than enough room on each shelf.

Getting rid of a huge portion of our books has been one of the best minimizing decisions I have made!
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I resisted getting rid of books for a long time. Just recently I finally did a huge purge... HUGE! I got rid of about 3/4 of our books. We have a ton of built in bookcases and two kids who love to read so I had justified keeping the books for a long, long time.

Now that we have gotten rid of a large majority of the books, I feel like a huge burden has been lifted. I don't have to dread reading story books because I only kept the ones I love to read. I got rid of all the books I felt like my kids "should" read but didn't want to. It is super easy to put books back where they belong because there is more than enough room on each shelf.

Getting rid of a huge portion of our books has been one of the best minimizing decisions I have made!
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:34 AM   #16
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I'd let her purge, sort through and keep a few favorites if they have sentimental value, and donate the rest. Of the ones that you decide to keep, store them in a bin somewhere else to free up the space in her room/bookshelf.
This is what I would suggest too.

Honestly kids books are a place where I've come to terms with having a lot. I can get rid of my books easily because most of them don't get re-read, they can be easily found at the library, and they are easy to replace if I decide that's necessary, but the books DH and I have from when we were kids and the books I've gathered for my girls are much more difficult to replace and do get read- a lot! My girls (especially the 4yr old) will request books we haven't read in months. There are a few I got rid of in early purging I still regret...

That said I am very picky about the books we have in our home, of the messages they send, of the quality of art, etc. And we have gone from 6 bulging bookshelves to two with empty space on them

Good luck mama, sometimes a happy medium is the hardest place to find!
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I have a hard time with books too. Three kids that read A LOT. And yes, we do the library often, but they are at ages they like to read books over and over (and watch movies over and over). I have a 5x5 cube Expedit bookcase full of our books - bottom row encyclopedias/reference, one row board books/early readers, one row picture books/compilations, one row juvenile fiction, one row "grown up" books including reference and cookbooks. I figure if I can keep it to what realistically and attractively fits in that bookcase, we are good. I've tried e-readers, and while they liked them for interactive little kid books, they don't care for them for chapter books. As long as reading paper books takes up so much of their lives, I'll keep this system. If when they get older, they embrace e-readers I will downsize.

Movies, we have about 20 or so we try to keep in a zipper binder. We also check out movies from the library and occasionally rent one via download.
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I used to collect kids books just to collect kids books. We were just running out of space, so I took the hatchet to them.

I did it like this: The books started out taking up about 6 feet of space, so I got rid of enough to only take up 5 feet. Then I watched the reading patterns for a few weeks and cut back to 4 feet. Then I got a major minimalism bug up my rear and cut back to 2 feet. It was hard, but if the kids aren't into Dr Seuss the way I am, then why hold onto this enormous collection of Seuss books. That one was the hardest. I kept about 8? Seuss books, figiuring if the kids wanted a rhyme & rhythm fix, 8 would be enough. lol

I'm actually not opposed to buying more books either. But I'm more aware that there has to be an in-out cycle. I also have easy access to a library.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:43 AM   #19
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I think she got rid of a good amount. And we still have plenty. I have to go through them but I'll probably let them all go.

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One thing nobody has mentioned is respecting and supporting your daughter in her minimizing. Now, at the end of the day, you are the parent, and what you say go's. But, she wants to minimize! Yahoo! And she's not asking to throw out something crazy sentimental. She just doesn't a bunch of books she's not reasons or enjoying cluttering up her bookshelf. That is so awesome and so healthy. If you do go through the books she wants to donate, I highly suggest you do NOT just put them back on her bookshelf. That just seems so disrespectful, and won't encourage her in the future. I would keep one or two, if you must, for sentimental value- but keep them in your memory/ keepsake box. And, if it turns out there are one or two books she later decides she wishes she hadn't purged, you can repurchase, or discuss and have a learning moment. Or even check out from the library. But please don't just run her over At least she's not hoarding, lol!
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