Thursday, September 13, 2012

Booking Through Thursday

How do you organize/store your books? Do you go through them often? Or
do you pretty much just shelve them and then leave them alone until
you need them?

Well, my books are arranged in a way that makes sense to me. And, despite what you might think you know about me, this way is not: alphabetical order or Dewey Decimal order.

They are loosely arranged by type and size (large books always on the outside, progressing to shorter).

Right now because we're trying to sell our house, we've moved several bookshelves out of our house. Which means some of our beloved books are packed in boxes and stacked up in Philip's church office. Sometimes we go through the boxes and bring some home. I've also managed to set aside some that don't need to come home, ever.

Whenever I'm getting ready to buy new to us books (usually at the big library sale in June), I go through our books and get rid of some. Space is limited so a book has to be worthy of shelf space. My list of reasons to keep a book: useful, rare (not available at our library), favorite re-read, something I want the girls to read eventually, or beloved for whatever reason. If a book doesn't fit one of those categories, I generally list it on Paperback Swap or turn them in to Half Price Books.

Want to see how books are displayed at our house?

In our living room we have one of my most favorite pieces of furniture: An Expedit from IKEA.
This thing is amazing because it can hold so much, including oversized books, my beloved records, and Philip's board games. There's another small shelf beside it. That shelf holds most of the Christian fiction I've saved and a basket of board books for the baby.

The black shelf that holds the TV has a few books: decorating books and a set of The Children's Hour Books. (Can you find our Childcraft books on the Expedit?)

In our bedroom we have:
The bottom shelf has some favorite biographies and memoirs, the middle shelf has some of our reference books (dictionary, thesaurus, grammar guides, books about writing), and the top shelf is more biographies, history, and a couple of Philip's favorites. Plus our globe, which we have up there because 1. it fits and 2. it stops Miss Lili from destroying it. That child actually figured out how to peel off the equator. Disaster!
This shelf  (sorry that you can't see the bottom too well!) holds everything the girls need for school this year (all our current textbooks, workbooks, math manipulatives, etc.) The shelf on the wall is some of our read alouds, a few books about homeschooling, and two old record sets just because.

Yes, this means most of the stuff for school is in our bedroom. Yes, it has to be this way. It works for us.

There's actually one more tall, skinny shelf in our room but I don't have a picture of it. And our beside tables have books in them and on top of them too.

The girls room looks something like this:
The girls (and my) favorite picture books are over Sweet Pea's bed.
They have another shelf that you can't see but most of their books are in storage right now. Polly keeps a lot of books tucked into the sides of her bed (the top bunk). She just has to be careful not to knock them off: if they fall backwards they're almost impossible to fish out from behind that bed and if they fall down on Tigger, well, let's just say Tigger is not a fan of raining books.

So, basically, I'm the only one who knows where all our books are located. I consider myself our family librarian or curator. I repair the books that Lili destroys. I choose which books are in rotation and which books are "sometime" books. And I'm the one that can't wait to move so I can have all my books and shelves back under one roof again. Bliss!

This post is linked to Booking Through Thursday.


gautami tripathy said...

We all shelve books in our own way!

Here is my post!!

Elisabeth said...

I arrange my books similar to the way you do. Hard backs on one shelf, paperback on another shelf, church related books on another shelf, baby books in a basket. I try to put them in order according to size on each row but they don't stay that way long enough so I gave up. Seems mom is the only one who cam tell which in the big books go on. :)

LibrarySnake said...

Wow, they are really organized :)

Ophelia Griffin said...

Wow! I love your pictures! I also posted a picture of my home library on my blog, but I didn't share the pics of the bookshelves in the other rooms. Maybe next time! Good luck on selling your house! I've moved around a lot myself, so I know how hard it is to transport all those books! But books are way too important to me not to bring along. If I had to choose between a bed or bookshelf, I'd probably pick the bookshelf and sleep on the floor! :) Here's my BTT reply:

Erin Williams said...

The pictures make this post better - love it and the decorating.

Lizzy @ Lizzy's Dark Fiction said...

I love how you decorated their room. It looks amazing. I need to do something like that for my son...when he decides that books can stay on the bookshelf for more than 30 seconds.

Kris said...

Forget the books, I LOVE that red couch!!!

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