I can’t imagine that I’m the only person here who…owns an excessive number of Japanese resources. Dictionaries, textbooks, advice for Japanese learners, advice for Japanese native speakers, and so on and so forth. Thing is, I really didn’t use them enough to justify having all of them, but having them and acquiring more was a bit of a crutch. It felt good and I could overlook the fact that they were just sitting on my shelf.
Last night, I decided that enough was enough and it was time to evaluate each one and keep only what seemed useful. Sometimes this meant acknowledging that I don’t need my beginner books/workbooks anymore or sakubun writing tips (now that I’ve graduated), and sometimes it was deciding between books that had a similar function. I have set aside the Minna no Nihongo beginner textbooks and workbooks for my niece, who is interested in learning Japanese, and sold the rest. I feel so much lighter now and I think that I will be better able to use what I have, now that I have fewer options.
Have you done a similar purge? Do you feel like it helped in your journey?