My book addiction and a collector
I never thought of myself as a collector of anything. I know people who are collectors of frogs, teddy bears, tea cups, and all sorts of things. I never wanted to be the clutter of collecting things; that would be more stuff to dust. I had someone tell me, “I mentioned that I liked roosters and now I get roosters for every single holiday or event. I don’t want any more roosters! How do I get rid of them without hurting feelings?”
Someone said online one day, “I have a book addiction”. Gasp, I never thought that were possible. I love to read. I love information. I love escaping into the stories that I read. I love cookbooks with pictures. I have a few criteria for keeping a book: I may refer to it again; I would share with a friend, books over 100 years old, history books pre-mid-century, or it’s pretty. Ok, maybe I do have a book addiction.
Before I go further with my story, please do not tell me that I can read it on a computer screen. I am a tactile learner and I love to touch, turn pages, dog ear pages, underline important thoughts, and paper clip my spot. For those of you who believe that this is defacing a book, we can sit over coffee and I will tell you why I do this.
When my husband and I moved from New Orleans to Houston in 2013, I gave away half of my books. To my dismay, I wished that I still had some of them. Remember my motto, no regrets, lessons learned, strength gained, my faith has kept me, well I discovered a handy place called Amazon. I was able to order back a few of the books that I wanted to have. Now, don’t use this as an excuse to say, “See that’s why I hate to get rid of anything”. No regrets, what’s the worst that could happen, buy it again. Ok, I am going on a rabbit trail for just another second. You may think, “That cost money to replace”, but what is the cost of storing it?
After 11 years in the same house, I acquired another book case full of books. I began to feel overwhelmed. I bought Marie Kondo’s book – the life changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing. She made a statement about the clutter of written words and for me I realized that staring at all of those books in my bedroom was too much noise. I got rid of one third of my books, gave away the extra book case, and it felt great.
Slowly, the desk by my bed, the chair, and the floor began to fill with books. At that point I knew I had a problem. I looked at all of the books that I started reading and had to make some decisions. I’ll talk about that in my newsletter. Yes, I got rid of more books. I will still buy more books because I love to read, but I will choose which books that I keep that truly bring joy. My name is Lisa Giesler, I am a book collector and a home organizer. Life is a journey and we are always learning, did I read that in a book.
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Speaker, and Author of Uncluttered : discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life.