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How to downsize your book collection


So many books, so little time — but soon I’ll be rid of most of them as I prepare to move to a smaller apartment. I’m unsure when that will happen, but I do know that now, while so many of us are staying in, is the perfect time to work on downsizing.

Make no mistake: I still read books. I write books. I even write about books.  But I no longer feel the need to live with them.

At one time, I owned 14 bookcases, each packed with volumes organized in my version of the Dewey Decimal System. Back then, I lived in a 1,700-square-foot condo in St. Louis County, Mo., with plenty of room for one person to spread out. A decade ago, packing for a move to a much smaller place in San…


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