We’re minimalists. We don’t have much “stuff” with one exception: BOOKS.
If you want to torture me, just take me into a beautiful bookstore and tell me I can’t buy anything. We once rented a house due in large part to one amazing room of wall-to-wall built in bookcases. I use the library often, but if I love a book then I want it for my very own so I can keep it forever, say hello now and then, and occasionally whisper, “my precioussss” to its wonderful smelling pages. Yes, I’m a nut. I know.
Our bookshelves were in dire straits. We really never organized them well when we made the big move from Texas and, in the messy fashion typical of our household, books were left in disarray…for two years.
Our bedroom bookshelves looked like this:
Mmmm. Nice. It makes sense for dinosaur pop-up books to go right next to The Iliad, right? Eek.
So on Saturday, Daniel took the kids to the grocery store (bless him!) and gave me some time to organize our many, many books and dust our dusty bookshelves.
Now, I’m pleased to say, our library is all lined up and organized according to genre: Non-Fiction Urban Homesteading and DIY, Philosophy, Literature (Ancient and Medieval, plus Tolkien because he just didn’t seem to fit in modern), Theology, Literature (Modern), Poetry, Non-Fiction on Writing, Languages, Plays, Liturgical Year, Children’s Books, Art History, Parenting, Botany/Nature, and Fiction (books we like but that just can’t sit on the same shelf with Flannery O’Connor and Jane Austen). The board books are on a low shelf where Lucy can reach them and all the Picture Books are in Benjamin’s room.
Then I reserved an entire shelf just for “pretty books.” Clothbound, old-timey beauty.
Ah. I feel so much better.
And in case you were wondering, those gorgeous clothbound classics with the beautiful designs are Penguin editions and you can find them here. I am obsessed with them.
Are you a bibliophile? How do you organize your books?