I love books. So this is a really hard one for me. But also, I have a passion for writing and often refer back to some books that I’ve read to use excerpts, quotes or illustrations that would enhance what I’m writing. I have many books – a number of bookshelves which are now filled, plus boxes in our garage with books. I have books on child development, parenting, marriage, entertaining, communication, creativity and more – actually, pretty much on every subject that I have an interest in. I also have biographies and autobiographies of people who inspire me or whose lives really interest me (which generally doesn’t include reality TV stars, apologies Jordan but your memoirs won’t be found on my shelves..)
What’s helpful now at least is that mostly I get digital copies on my kindle rather than paperbacks. And any novel I read leaves our home very soon after I’ve finished it – why would I want to keep it?
If you’re not someone who reads many non-fiction titles, or other than books which you need to refer to for your line of work, why hold onto novels that you have? Will you really read them again?
The same for training course notes on that course on Microsoft Excel that you took in 1997 or a programming language that is now long ago obsolete – time to part with the notes!
But if like me, you love books and you re-read titles to continue your learning and refresh ‘evergreen’ skills in leadership, communication or similar, then buy another bookshelf and enjoy your books 🙂