It's a painful practice most of the time, but with a finite amount of space, sometimes, books must be weeded from the collection.
- Do you weed regularly? If so, how often? If not, why not? When I moved residences two years ago was the first time I'd "weeded" in a long time. Frankly I just don't have the stomach for it. But I had no choice; I had to get rid of some books. It was a very depressing task for me. I'd decided to give the books I'd chosen to abandon (and that's exactly how I felt about the whole process) to Goodwill, a Senior Center, and the local Public Library.
- Do you have guidelines you stick with? Yes. If I don't believe I'll ever read the book again, or if I didn't like it, or if it has nothing that would serve as some future reference I may need (non-fiction fits this category), then I put the books into a box for donating to either the community library or Goodwill.
- Are there books you would never weed? Yes! I never toss out classics, anything by Ed McBain, most non-fiction, or Agatha Christie.
With the exception of that one mass slaughter of my bookcases, I routinely segregate books I've read into a box. When that box is full, I then sort through it for Step 2...