I used to be obsessed with rearranging my shelves and changing the organization. The thing is that I live with the cc in a place too small for a lot of books, so my books mostly still reside in my mother's basement. The goal is to get them out, but I know that when I do there are a lot of them. I have no probably purging anything else but my books. I do it, of course. I more often than not have at least some book credit at the second hand bookstore. I only have about 100 books with me at the cc's and a few months ago I went through and took out all the books I wasn't very interested in anymore. So, I know that if my books were here, I would be cleaning through them all the time.
My goal was always to keep the books down to a level that they could fit on my shelves. Last time I rearranged my books, I even had leftover space. So, as long as they fit, I never really considered myself having a problem. Moving them, though, hurts my head. I have a lot more books than I did when I moved last. Mainly because I had more room for said books. The basement room they are in has one of those ledges. Then, I have shelves hanging on the wall and six bookcases. Everything is such a mess right now, though, I have no idea if they would still all fit on the shelves. I go over occasionally and drop off books that I have read and take some more for the pile here. The thing is that I don't take the time to rearrange the shelves to make up for this movement of books.
The main reason? I know I don't want to move all those books, but trying to purge that many is overwhelming. And, I know that I have to do it because while I want to have my books the same place with me, I know that as long as I keep pushing it away, the more books that I can keep. I am not sure if that makes me a hoarder, though. I know if I put my mind to it, I can easily get rid of books. It is just the overwhelming task that gets to me. Not just the actual decision making, either. Then you have to do something WITH the books. Normally I take them to the second hand bookstore and then what they won't take, donate to charity or something along those lines. I don't like taking all of them in at the same time. I usually stagger it... I'm weird.
Anyway, so, what do you think? Are you a book hoarder? Do you think I am and am just in denial about it?