When do you guys start weeding through books... or do you
We actually had an architect draw up plans to convert a screened in porch to a library to deal with this problem, but realized it would be too expensive to do and that we'd miss the porch.
For really old and less important books, we take them to the swap shop at the town transfer station or give them to the library. The other ones just get stacked on the floors of people's rooms (DD has a stack that she uses as a nightstand.) We're pretty cluttery here, but may be moving, so I am going to make the kids weed out the less valuable books this summer and give them away.
I do think having a Kindle helps. I haven't bought a book for myself in more than a year, so maybe if everyone gets some type of electronic reader, we will be able to cut down on the clutter at some point.
At the end of the school year I go through all bookcases.
This is so timely for us.
Oh this brings back memories.
We started weeding about 2 years ago with the toddler and early reader sorts of books. I also managed to get rid of all the "second tier" picture books... you know the ones you have that added some variety to the younger years but aren't great stories. I got rid of a lot of the horse novels that DD read because DS has no interest what-so-ever. There are some we'll be keeping long after the kids leave the house like some favored picture books and some series.
We give all our books to the kid's youth theatre that sell them outside during shows. They make thousands a year at 50 cents a book. Of course, it tends to backfire... I drop off our donations and come home with a bunch of new books for us lol.
Miranda in rural BC, Canadamom to three great kids and one great grown-upunschooler, violist, runner, doc
We still have books that dd20 read... because we're saving them for ds9! So, with four kids spread out, we don't tend to get rid of lots of books until we've had them about ten years, lol. Even the so-called "girl" books get read - ds10 read books like "The Little Princess" and "The Secret Garden."
We do donate as we weed, though - usually to a bus program that visits the inner city and gives food, medical care and books out to those who need it.