A Bookworm's Dilemma: Ditch Books When Downsizing?

Last week I wrote about my upcoming move. I've looked at a few places within my budget and one things for certain...I'll be downsizing. Moving into a studio doesn't bother me. In fact, I'm excited about a smaller place because it'll force me to be neat and tidy.

I was chatting with a girlfriend about downsizing and getting rid of unnecessary items. She's moved a few times before and said the first thing she ditched were all her books. She said they were too much of a hassle to lug along--heavy, spacehogs, dust collectors. Hearing this terrified me as I'm a HUGE bookworm. I pride myself on my extensive collection of art and architecture books, classic literature, and a few first editions. I love getting lost is a good book and try to read before bed every night. I also love going to the used bookstore and flea markets and finding old encyclopedias, atlases, schoolbooks and looking at the dated information, pictures, and maps. I grew up spending a lot of time at my neighborhood library (shout out to the Cherrydale Public Library!) so there's a sense of nostalgia when I surround myself with books.

Even though I love my book collection, should I ditch it because I'm downsizing? Or are there clever ways to keep my books and integrate them into my home decor?

MORE LIVING WITH BOOKS ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
Rooms Brimming with Book Collections
Living with Books: Fitting a Library in Anywhere at Home

(Image: Andreas Larsson from Julie & Iker's Marina City Heaven House Tour)

76 Comments