It wasn't easy to cull, because I had already been culling my books regularly. I only keep the ones I really like, you see - I had already given away a lot of other books over the years.
However, I did it. I got rid of most of the piles, and an entire bookcase. The lounge is a little less cluttered, and I turned my small bookcase into a case of shared books for the kids: classics, new books, books for kids, books for tweens and young adults. They have their own bookcases in their rooms, but this is like an extra library that they can dip into anytime they like.
I replaced some grand old books I'd had lying around, into their rightful place on the bookcases. I even had room for photo albums and a couple of boxes on the bottom shelf of my main bookcase.
Here's a scene from mid-way through the process, while I sorted books to keep from books to give away:
The kids' bookshelf starts to take shape:
At the end of it, I was reduced to 3 single-layer stacked bookcases, and one modest pile on the bedside table. I filled 4 green bags and a plastic tub with books I know I don't need to keep.
And what did I do with all of those books?
They're still sitting in their tub and green bags in the garage. It's been four months now.
Do you cull books? Is it hard?