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I’ve just rearranged my bookcases today, in fact.
It was crazy! Let’s just say that a headache quickly formed by the tenth moved book. So what can you do when you’ve reached what may seem like maximum capacity?
You move things around!
I know you’re probably skeptical, but listen, let me explain what I mean.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve got much more books to read than the the ones you have read. I personally have two bookcases (as shown on a previous post on this blog) and I usually come out of second hand stores with more than 20 books and my bookstore adventures usually leave me with 4 or more books per fix. If I do this two to three times a week that leaves me with a hell of a lot of books. So what I do is quite simple: I move the books I’ve read.
What you will need:
- Space between your ceiling and the top of your bookcases.
- Patience. Seriously, this is important.
- The ability to withstand the pain of not seeing ALL of your books in one place
Separate your books, no matter how long it takes, into three piles:
- Not Read
- Started, but not finished
When you’re done separating your books, focus on the started ones. Now separate THOSE books into two piles:
- The ones you will read eventually
- The ones that you know, in your gut, that you won’t finish.
This step is usually hard for us avid readers because we suffer from the extreme delusion that yes, we will read that book one day. But be honest with yourself, do you really think you will finish that horrendous book you’ve been eyeing for the last year?
Now, take those books that you will never read and either:
- Give them away
- Pile them with the already read pile, don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone your secret.
By doing this your getting extra space you hadn’t even considered before. You’ll think, wow, a gap for more books?!
Okay, so I am guessing you’re now standing in a room surrounded by a large multitude of books put in haphazard stacks. Here’s the tricky part for those who have a hard time parting with their books. Focus on the Read pile and, if space allows it, place them on top of your bookcase. This will not only free up TONS of space in your bookcase, but it will also make you feel super-duper smart seeing all those books you’ve read!
Some of you may feel a bit frustrated however, to find that you’ve got no space in between the top of your bookcase and the ceiling! Don’t fret! There’s always a place for books! If you’re like me and you’re anti-boxing your books, then simply find an available spot beside the bookcases on the floor and start building your tall (but safe) invisible bookcase.
If you don’t mind spending a little cash, you can buy a simple bookcase for less than a hundred bucks in any smaller retail stores like Walmart or Jysk. I’d avoid Ikea and any similar big name places if you’re on a budget.
Now, start packing ‘em in. The yet to read ones and the to-finish reading ones. Put them in in the best possible way so that you can get the most space out of your bookcases. So, for example, place the smaller books like paperbacks in one shelf and then start placing your hardcovers and larger texts in. You’ll be amazed to see the change!
Step 6: (Optional)
If you’re like me, you may have the similar issue of STILL having too many books. This is where it might get a little mess, and I’m sorry, unless you’re willing to pack away your books, or put them somewhere else (like the basement, ick), you only have one of these resorts left.
- If you have still have TONS of books left, I suggest stacking them on top of each other on the shelves in front of the other rows. How is this effective? It takes up less room than placing them upright and they look kind of artistic and pretty.
- Likewise, if you have extras, but not as many as some other bibliophiles, then you can place them upright, at least until you buy more books.
- Surprisingly, there is a third option. If you’d got less than too many extras and you don’t want to block the spines of other books on the shelves (taking into account that you’ve got enough room between the top of the books and the next shelf) you can simply place books, spine facing out, on top of the upright standing novels. It’s simple, and it oddly looks pretty neat.
Note: If you worry about covering up books that you’ve been meaning to read and fear the possibility of forgetting about them over the weeks or months, simply rotate your books every few weeks to give it a fresh and alluring look of options that seem new and exciting!
Of course, at one point, even methods like these will stop assisting you in your novel addiction. But you know, you can always buy a cheap bookcase and start the process all over again!
Hope this was instructional to you and that it helped some of you messy, full bookcase sufferers!
Feel free to submit any pictures of your bookcases so that others can be inspired!