As I'm sure many of you have noticed, I haven't been posting as much in the past few weeks, this is due to many personal factors that need to take priority in my life, including de-cluttering (no seriously, it's awful I can't even concentrate on reading at times!) However, I do have a fun new series of posts set up to chronicle my Spring Cleaning of bookshelves (i.e. purging of many, many books).
My name is Hayley G, and I'm a Book Hoarder.
My family has been teasing me about this for a while now, well to be honest the teasing has turned into more of a concern for my well being (I'm practically buried alive with the amount of books taking up residence in my home).
My response to this would always be "you just don't get it, I'm building a library" or "I like to re-read my books!" which is true for many of the titles I own, but the fact is I have let this "passion" get so out of hand that I'm buying doubles (sometimes triples) of the same book! All because I can't keep up with the books bought vs. books read ratio I seem to have developed over the past couple years. I'm buying way more titles than I can ever find the time to read. So I tell myself, "well, I'll just go through my books and sell or donate the ones I won't read ," which seems simple enough right? Wrong, this is where the real problem lyes- once I find titles that I haven't read (and to be honest probably won't ever read since it's been YEARS since I bought them) I can't seem to actually let them go. I try to rationalize that I "could" read them once I get myself more organized, or I just LOVE how they LOOK on my shelf, so I end up donating or selling like five books out the hundreds that I may never read, and the books (and mess) continue to pile up.
It's gotten a lot worse since I started receiving ARCs from publishers through work and my blog. Don't get me wrong I LOVE ARCs, but I think I may have attachment issues with these as well. So to help me deal with my hoarding and-by-extension, clutter, I will be posting quite a few ARC giveaways in the coming weeks, as I continue with my Spring Cleaning and de-cluttering. These "Book Hoarder Confessions" posts are going to help me chronicle my progress, and I think it will also be very therapeutic to put my thoughts to words.
As of right now, I have 10 crates of books (the contents of which I'm not even sure) stashed throughout my basement and crawl space, I have 3 full crates stationed and stacked right outside my bedroom, 30 shelves stuffed and overflowing with books, and a closest stacked with books. My hope is to come out of this process knowing ALL the titles I possess and be able to breathe a sigh of relief that I will FINALLY have control over the amount of books in my possession. Because, let's face it, both my books and I deserve better than this current system.
Here's a sneak peek of the current clutter:
To be completely honest, these pictures don't due justice to the TRUE clutter, but as I'm sure you can tell there's absolutely NO organization and it's driving me nuts!
Are you a book hoarder, or have book hoarder tendencies? (I seriously hope I'm not alone haha).
Happy Reading (and Spring Cleaning!)