As I have mentioned in previous posts, and on social media, I am moving out of my parents’ houses soon! In preparation, I realised I was going to need to do a big unhaul, and finally let go of all the YA books that I’ve had for years, never read, and outgrown. As the title says, in total I’ve unhauled well over 100 books, but this post is going to be focusing on the unhaul I did at my dad’s house. When I was still at school, I spent my time evenly split between my parents’ houses, so I also had my books pretty evenly split. Over my time at uni, I started to spend more time during the holidays at my mum’s, and migrated most of my most-wanted books to hers. And after uni, thanks to lockdown, I barely got to go to my dad’s house to do any sorting out… until now!
As of May 17th, in England, we are allowed inside one another’s houses again, so I arranged to go over to my dad’s and get started on the big sort out. I had two bookshelves at my dad’s, both full. Not the super tall ones, the ones with like 3 shelves, but I also had books along the top for extra space. To be honest, before I went, I didn’t really remember what was there. I had some idea, and got some more ideas from looking at my GoodReads lists. As my Reading Goal for this year is to get my owned TBR to under 50, and GoodReads has it at 227 before I got started on those books at Dad’s (and I don’t actually know if there are any there that aren’t logged on my GoodReads), I knew that I was going to have to go hard on the unhauling.
I went in without really having a strategy. Previously, I’ve had strategies and done a few passes of my shelves to get them down but, to be honest, I wanted to be quick and brutal, so I went in with the assumption that they were all going to be unhauled, and instead I was choosing which ones I wanted to keep. I started out with around 11 shelves of books. 1 large pile got put straight into the charity pile, and then I got started on the rest. Because of the way I’d organised the books, it was fairly easy for me to identify the ones I wanted to keep, which totalled around 2 shelves worth. I added a couple of signed books to that pile for sentimental reasons, and the rest were doomed to be unhauled. Because I hadn’t been to my dad’s for ages, and haven’t properly been there to stay since Christmas 2019, I didn’t really know what was there, and didn’t have much of an attachment to the stuff there, so it was actually a very easy process. Turns out, if you don’t think about something for a year and a half, you no longer really have a pull to keep it in your life! This is definitely a strategy I’ll be employing for like every other area of my life, because I do have a habit of keeping things that I won’t use just because I see them regularly and think about one day using them.
Overall, I unhauled around 150 books, and my GoodReads TBR is now at 126 after removing them all (quite a few were on my Read shelf), which is pretty good progress towards the target of 50 I had for the end of the year! I will have to at some point go back to Dad’s and check that the ones I’m keeping are all listed on my GoodReads, because there’s every chance that some aren’t, but I’ve absolutely made massive progress, and it’s a big weight off my shoulders!
I’m still not sure I’ll be able to get that 126 down to 50 by the end of the year, but considering I probably started the year with around 300 books on that list, I’m pretty happy with the progress so far. I’ll have to check that all my owned books are on there, and then make as much progress reading them as I can! I think hitting the 100 mark is definitely within my grasp, but beyond there I think we’ll have to see how we go.
What does your owned TBR look like? Is it out of control, or are you one of those lucky bookworms who has a control on their buying habits? Let’s chat TBRs in the comments!