Day 8: To Own or To Borrow? Which Shall It Be?

Today is Day 8 of the 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life Challenge. If you want to jump in, go get the book at Amazon, Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life.

By default, most homeschoolers belong to Book Hoarders Anonymous.  I don’t know any homeschooling mom who doesn’t compulsively buy books.  Lorilee has great advice about how to practically continue your book and movie fetish without needing a room the size of Virginia.

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In our previous house, we had a long wall with a bookshelf on it.  It was stacked two books deep.  Then, the girls had a bookshelf in their room with at least three shelves of books.  I weeded through those books four or five times and finally reduced our stash by probably two-thirds.  The books I kept (which are boxed in storage) include:

  • school books, of course,
  • several series collections, such as Nancy Drew (the original!)
  • my childhood books, with bindings barely intact, and
  • miscellaneous books that either mean something to us or complement our school.

As for movies, I took the DVDs out of the cases and compiled them into a notebook for convenient storage.  The trick is keeping that notebook out of little hands that scatter the DVDs everywhere.  We had a large VHS collection at one time, but when our last video player died I refused to replace it and got rid of all the movies.  That made quite a dent in our collection.

In our apartment, I have only kept out the books we are using for school and some readers for the toddlers.  We frequent the library for extra reading material.

We have a subscription with Netflix, though I haven’t found it spectacular.  The girls use it primarily for a few TV shows they like, such as Horseland.  I have an Amazon Prime membership for my business and am able to watch quite a few free movies and TV shows.  My favorites are British shows, such as Cranford.  I love Judi Dench.  On the whole, we watch very little television, or computer in our case.

As much as I love books, I am very happy to have fewer to dust.  Our reading habit has not diminished.  In fact, I’d say we read more because we can get new books.  We make weekly trips to the library, and I am amassing a formidable collection on my Kindle Fire.

So, if you’re looking to take a huge step forward in decluttering and you’re a book hoarder, I mean homeschooler, you might consider starting with books and movies.  Unless, of course, you have an original copy of the Vulgate.  Then, you should consider offering a free showing to me.  I’m currently trying to plan a trip to Fort Worth to see an exhibit of some of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  So far, no one else is quite as pumped as me.  But they liked King Tut after I dragged them to that.

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