I have over 1500 children’s books. I know because in the late 90s, I was teaching and, imagining the future children I hoped to have, collecting books mostly via the Scholastic book clubs I sent home with my students, and I created a database of all of ones I had then. They numbered 1500 then. I slowed down in collecting them in the last decade, but I have acquired many more. We’re redecorating our house now (see previous post) and don’t plan to use one of the rooms as a “library” with walls full of bookcases anymore. The kids, and we grown ups too, really, prefer to learn and get information with the computer nowadays. My self of the 20th Century who wanted many walls lined with books would be shocked, but gradually I’ve come to think of the books, at least the excess number of books, as clutter. My kids don’t sit in our home library browsing through the books. Even my my daughter who was an early reader and very much enjoys good books is not interested in having a big library. When I first asked her, she just shrugged; then after a few seconds, she said I just need to keep Harry Potter, the Penderwicks, and a few others.
I have removed all the books from the shelves in our former home library. The bookcases all moved down to the basement, so I could just move all the books down there. But if the kids weren’t using them much on main floor, I doubt they’d use them any more than that down in the unfinished basement. I’m planning to severely cut the number of boooks we have and donating them to the library/homeschool group friends/Freecycle.
I’m curious what you think about books . . . how many books do you and your children have? I have never regretting giving away anything else when decluttering, but maybe with books that will be different. I really like most of these books. I do plan to schedule a regular visit to the public library now. Funny how my kids haven’t spent much time in our home library but they love going into the public library and picking out books.