Sunday, April 15, 2012
Good morning lovely people!! Remember how I told you a few days ago (or months) that I was working on redoing my bookshelves? Well, I'm pretty close to being done but my "read" shelf was really starting to stress me out. I had to remove a stack of books before shooting the below picture just so you could see the chaotic mess. (don't mind the blurry shots...). I already filled one bin of books and sent many to the library for donations and have another stack that I need to mail out to a few of you (I'm sorry...)
I simply can't get rid of any more of these books. Not even the loathed Brothers Karamazov. But last week Lisa came to my rescue when she pointed to a Good Housekeeping article about cleaning/organizing your home library. The last slide in the article is all about maximizing shelf space by making two rows of books on the shelf and raising the back row of books so they're still visible.
Duh! Why hadn't I thought about this before?!
So I asked Scott how he thought I could accomplish this. I decided that the size of a tissue box would do the trick and he said he could make me some shelves pretty easily.
Basically he cut a five inch wide plank and raised it with little stands. Again, sorry for the blurry picture below. And because of the structure of my shelves (the front framing), the mini-shelf is a bit smaller than the width of the main shelf, but Les Miserables and Our Mutual Friend helped bridge the gap.
10 bucks for four shelves AND Scott got to use his power tools. Win Win.
So now I have a raised row in the back and a lower row in the front. Seriously--how simple and genius is this? It's terrible to stack books like I had been (bad for the spines...though you can tell from the books below that I'm a reformed spine cracker) and now all the books are visible without me having to rearrange.
Now, with my shelves it really only works with the paperbacks, so the hardcover books will continue to have their own shelves, but this definitely buys some more space and is much better looking than the chaotic stacks in the first picture.
One step closer, y'all. At the rate I'm going, I might even be able to have these shelves organized by next Sunday (rolls eyes and laughs head off...).
Do you have any fun shelf organizing tips?
What's going on with you this weekend?