Last week I cleaned out the guest room. Ours tends to collect plenty of junk because it's right off the main living area, but it's used only a few times a year. My favorite part about the guest room is that it houses our books.
After I mucked out most of the junk from the guest room that didn't belong, I turned to the books. I started with fiction, which was in sad disorder (I like to keep it arranged alphabetically by author). For now I keep adult, teen, and children's books all together (but not picture books), but I will probably change that in the next few years as Red Chief's reading skills advance.
Anyway, I was able to get our fiction to fit into twelve and a half shelves. I had to move the picture books to a different room to make enough room. I even left a bit of space on each shelf so I can actually put books away when I find them.
That left me two and a half shelves for non-fiction. Eek. I managed to fit in foreign language, poetry, parenting, math and science, grammar, and miscellaneous non-fiction. I had to double-stack my grammar books (I hate that!).
I couldn't get my homemaking books and cookbooks to fit (even after adding several to the donation pile), so I saved them to add to the big double bookcase on the left with all the old books. It also holds religion and DVDs. I love my old books. Sometimes I read them, and sometimes I just bask in their charm. They have come from so many places—family; grandparents; friends; library sales.
|Old books: religion, homemaking, and children's books on the top (double-stacked, ugh!); hymnals on the bottom.|
|More old books: series on the top; random on the bottom. I bet you wish you had copies of "Silver Slippers" and "Wife vs. Secretary" too.|
I managed to say good-bye to several boxes and bags of books and DVDs, and we donated them all to the library.
Conclusions: (1) We have too many books, but I want them all. All! (2) If I keep up my current habits we will need another bookcase or two very soon. (3) I need to read the books I own but haven't read yet, because how can I know if I should keep them if I don't know what's in them? (4) I really should stop buying books. Maybe. (I may have bought another one last night, since now there's a little bit of room on the shelves.)
|Tiger Lily looking cute in the Angry Birds shirt she earned on her first day of potty training.|