Hello Melissa and Lotus recently posted pictures of how they manage their books. Lotus has a very asthetically pleasing solution. Melissa’s house looks pretty much under control, though I’m not so sure about her DH. They asked the following question: How do you keep your books organized? Always looking for a chance to humiliate myself, I thought, OK, I’m game, I’ll take some pics and show you all the disaster that is our book collection. We started out well, even having a custom bookshelf built to fit our little hallway, to make room for more books than store-bought shelves were going to afford. But, we live in a little condo, with no garage, no attic, and three readers. Ted’s more likely to get rid of a book once he’s finished with it than I am, but he’s still in no rush to do so…he keeps them for awhile. And he goes through spurts where he buys a lot of them.Â Me, I have a lot of trouble parting with books. I mean, if I hated them, I think…maybe I could try it again sometime, when my head is in a different space…what if I like it more then? Can’t get rid of that one. Then there are the books that I loved. Would you throw your friend in the mud and dirt, kick them in the gut and spit on them? No. Of course not. That’s why I don’t get rid of the books that I love. I have so many books that I know I’ll never read…I bought it for a class, read it, and am done with it. But heck, I read it for my Master’s degree, and if I get rid of it, somehow I think people won’t believe that I HAVE a degree when they come over. Are you starting to sense the gravity of the situation here? Hey, I’ve made SOME progress. I don’t think I have any of my books left from my B.A., outside of that Howard Zinn “Peoples History of the United States.
All of this is my way of saying, our books are a mess. Maybe we’ll move someday, to a place where we can have a book room. A LIBRARY. An office. Ah, what a dream. To sit in a room, surrounded by books. In the meantime, this is what we are living with.
These are the books next to my bed. The ones I’m working on right now, or about to work on. Sometimes they get switched around, like if someone loans me a book, or I get one from the library or something.
This is the most shameful picture, because this is our bathroom closet. We ran out of space on our regular book shelves, and started cramming them in here. Willy nilly, haphazard, whatever fits. They are two, sometimes three deep here. And, um, we DID go through the house and send several boxes to the library last year.Â Â Â Â Â
This is our hallway bookshelf. See how it makes good use of the space next to the staircase? See how books are starting to pile up here as well? Sigh. My books are mostly fiction, on this side, and organized alphabetically by author.Â Â
This is the other side of the hallway bookshelf. This is mostly non-fiction, mostly Ted’s books, but some of mine are here as well. He has them by subject. Sometimes a book just gets crammed where it fits.Â Â
Here are some of Maya’s books. See how neat and organized they are? See how the series books are up top, in order? Sigh. That’s my anal side coming out, and I WISH I could get the whole house that way, but it’s just too overwhelming for me, so I satisfy myself by keeping HER books neat and tidy.
Last, but not least, Maya’s periodicals. I work from home, and I have a lot of payroll type binders that had to come home from the office with me. Where can they live? The only place is in her closet, since you know, condo living and all. So if you see some payroll books down below, don’t worry. She’s not a dork. That would be me. Her magazines were getting a bit unruly, though, and I had a shelf to spare, so this seemed like a good solution.
Whew. That’s our mess. How do you keep your books in your house?