When I tell people in my life that I’m doing an extreme form of decluttering, I am typically met with one of two responses: “Cool!” and “Oh, God I need to do that so badly.”
I think that we Americans are well aware of our issues with owning more than we actually need. We know that our basements, closets, and storage lockers are stuffed with things that are unnecessary. When we do dig in and finally do the work to sift through our countless items, and we dump garbage bags full of the things we bought to donation stations, we feel a sense of accomplishment, rather than loss. We know that we have done a good thing for ourselves by getting rid of excess crap.
I have found that this awareness is hurled out the window when it comes to books.