If you or someone you know is involved in downsizing their home, or even a spring clear-out project, then you or they are familiar with the problems of finding homes for the things you once loved or used and which you are now ready to pass on. Some of these items truly belong in the garbage. As one client once said to me "Even good treasures left long enough become garbage." This next series of posts will address organizing for downsizing, particularly finding new homes or places to sell previously cherished and potentially valuable items.
Today's items are books. In one client's home we uncovered a storage room with many, many boxes of books. Some were over 100 years old. Some were mouldy. Some were signed by the authors.
Here are three websites to which I was directed to try and find the value in some of these books:
- How to Find the Value...
- Archives and Collections Society (Canadian and US resources)
- Evaluating your old books...
While it is sometimes hard to part with things we once loved and used, separation can be easier if we know the item is going to a good home. If time and simplicity are issues for you, consider finding a local book reseller or book dealer in your area. If all else fails, you will at least have found someone with compassion for your love of the written word.