Friday, April 24, 2009

Book overflow

The living room is usually our calm space. It contains no electronics, only books, a table, some artwork and seating. Every night we have our family devotions there. Most afternoons I sit there and read a newspaper, a chapter or two in a book, or perhaps a magazine. It's where I spin fiber and often it's my favorite place to knit or crochet.

But now it doesn't feel so calm because the books are spilling out of the bookcases. There are books on top of books, books on the floor, books on the table. It bothers me. And it bothers me that the chaos is preventing us from finding books we know we have.

I bought a little bookcase today to alleviate some of the book clutter caused by the history and biography books (those are the books that live in that room), and I have a lead on two more bookcases that I'll see tomorrow to possibly use upstairs for the fiction and the picture books.

My afternoon will be spent rearranging books so we can once again enjoy our calm place.



Blogger Dana said...

Although we did just inherit a small, 3-shelf bookcase, we are in dire need of an entire room to house our growing library.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I'd love to have and entire house just for our library!!! what a great idea!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Ooops! You wrote "room" and I saw "house."

3:12 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I, too, would love to have a library. My own personal space, since Darrel doesn't read. Right now my 'library" is the middle guest bedroom and I'm otgrowing all the shelves and have now spilled over to a hidden side and the top.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Susan, would Darrel build you floor-to-ceiling bookcases? That's what I'd love to have if we didn't live in a house with floors that slant so much!

4:19 PM  
Blogger magistramater said...

Laura, your floors are so shiny clean! I have a bookcase where I put my new acquisitons (doubleshelved at the moment). About every three or four months I rearrange books to shelve them with similar books. That is one of my happiest tasks.

I've been to Dana's sister's house which has a "library" with floor to (cathedral) ceiling shelves. I would love to have a "library" in my house.

Happy rearranging.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Framed said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Loved looking over your previous posts. And I love the look of all those books. Mine are all in a bedroom and spilling out. I had to make the difficult decision to get rid of those I knew I would never read again and joined Bookmooch. A great idea except for I getting more books than I'm giving. Aaaagh.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Pen said...

I just left your house a few weeks ago -- where exactly do you plan on putting these extra shelves?!?

9:32 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I moved a box of Steve's wine equipment for the small bookcase. The two I bought on Saturday, alas, did not fit upstairs, so they are out in the yarn studio - and now I'm itching to get that space completed and usable, hence the phone call regarding concrete floors Saturday night!

11:12 AM  

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