Tips: Detaching Yourself (Rationally) from Your Books

Tips: Detaching Yourself (Rationally) from Your Books

Rachael Grad
Sep 5, 2008

Our recent survey inspired by The Economist provoked many readers to admit they are irrationally attached to their stuff. Books are especially difficult to part with because of sentimental and other reasons. But did you know that book hoarding can be a health disorder? More info on book hoarders and how NOT to be one below the jump...

Bibliomania (book hoarding) is an obsessive-compulsive disorder involving collecting books that are neither useful to the collector nor intrinsically valuable. Symptoms of bibliomania include buying multiple copies of the same book and edition and accumulating books beyond possible capacity for use or enjoyment.

So most AT readers likely aren't bibliomaniacs, but you may still want to limit your home library for space reasons. To keep our small home uncluttered, we limit our library to the following:

- favorite art and writing books (used for work and pleasure)

- books we love that are out-of-print and not in our local library (like Kalimantaan by C.S. Godshalk)

- books we will reread like favorite novels and reference materials

- books written by our friends or teachers

The rest are donated to the public library, given to friends or sold. We also USE the public library so that we don't accumulate any more books that we will read only once (like most novels).

Do you limit your home library? If so, what are your rules?

[photo from flickr user mia glynnis]

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