If you love to read, there's probably a good chance that you've accumulated a sizable collection of books over the years. In this "digital age," e-readers and digital books are becoming far more popular. Although you might personally embrace the concept of digital media, there's probably a good chance that you still own a myriad of "hard copy" books as well. Some of your books might hold sentimental value and others might actually be valuable. However, you probably also own a number of books that you don't really need to keep. If you're ready to trim your book collection down to a more manageable size, here are some tips that can help.

Paring Down the Mountain

If you enjoy reading books and periodicals, there's a good chance that your collection probably includes some books that you've already read - or even some that you never plan to read. After all, almost everyone occasionally picks up a book that seems interesting, but which never gets read. Although it might be a difficult task to purge any book from your collection, sometimes it's necessary to do so in the interest of organization and space. A careful assessment of your book collection is the logical first step. Although your college textbooks and encyclopedia set may have been invaluable while you were in school, it's probably been years - or possibly even decades - since you've last looked at them. In some cases, the information they contain may even be obsolete. If you can find better information more conveniently online, it's probably best to purge these old books from your collection.

Getting Started

There's no time like the present when it comes to organizing a book collection. In order to get started, simply grab a few cardboard boxes and head for your bookshelves. As you assess each book, ask yourself if it's outdated or if you ever plan to read it again. Outdated books or those that you don't plan to read should be removed from the bookshelf and put in a box so that they can be donated to charity. You could also try selling your unwanted books online. After all, even if a book is no longer useful to you, it could be quite useful to somebody else.

Organizing Your Books

Once you've purged unneeded books from your collection, it's time to organize the ones you wish to keep. When organizing books, it's usually best to choose a strategy that makes sense to you. For example, you might wish to store fiction and non-fiction books on separate shelves. Or, you might decide to keep all books written by your favorite author on one shelf. Sorting books alphabetically by the author's last name is another organizational strategy that works well for some people. You might even decide to sort your books based on whether you've read them yet or not.

Reclaiming Your Bookshelf

Once you've put the books you're planning to keep back on the shelves in an organized manner, you'll probably discover that you now have some extra shelf space available. You might want to save this space for future book purchases. However, you might also decide to use your newfound space for other purposes, such as to display photographs or to store your CD or DVD collection. Either way, you'll undoubtedly enjoy your books even more, now that they are neatly organized.

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