Here is the Master Bedroom after I finished removing books I don't plan to read again.
Note that I even have four empty shelves!
Here is my office ready for the adult TBR books.
The bottom shelves were filled with a variety of teaching materials. I sorted through all of them too. Now my teaching stuff is all on just one shelf. I had many outdated materials and way too many ideas for the years left before my retirement.
My next step was to organize all the boxes, baskets and bags of TBR books. I began by making piles all around my family room and master bedroom. I sorted all of the books by author and then alphabetized each letter completely. For efficiency in the use of shelves, I alphabetized the hardcovers and paperbacks separately.
Here is the finished TBR room.
I have so many empty shelves that I am almost tempted to go book shopping. After I took this picture I did use three shelves on the right side bookshelf for some of my videos and DVDs. But there are still four completely empty shelves.
Here is the finished office. Now I can see the ugly carpeting that has been in that room since I moved to this house in 2001. I haven't used this room for much other than storage. I finally took down the 2010 calendar that was on the wall.
During the whole project, I removed 1075 books from my shelves. I had seventeen bags after I did the first half. A friend stopped over and took eight bags of books for herself and a friend. I brought nine full grocery bags to the public library for their Friends of the Library book sale. This week I filled fourteen bags as shown here:
I'll give my friend another chance to sort through the bags and then bring the remainder to the library next weekend.
Now I just have the large walk-in closet in the master bedroom to clean out. It is filled with 12-15 boxes of books and lots and lots of clothing that I have just tossed in there at each season or size change. It will be sort of like going shopping. I hope my enthusiasm for cleaning and sorting doesn't wear off before I get the closets cleaned out.
Wish me luck!