Book worm. Book lover. Bookish. Book obsessed. Those are just some of the words I’d use to describe myself. But the name isn’t important, not really, what’s important is that these words mean one thing. That bookshelves were a priority in our new house. So making a bookshelf decision is a big deal for us.
Let’s set the scene: In our previous home we had fitted shelves in both living room alcoves plus three shelves each in our bedrooms oh and two shelves heaving with cook books in the kitchen too. And yet still each shelf was stacked two rows deep or horizontal piles on top of the vertical rows and there were precarious piles on the floor. We did have a bit of a clear out of books when we moved but that still left us with 14 boxes of just books. And just from the living room alcoves. Yes really.
So now that we’re properly settling in bookcases are a happening and last week saw delivery of a bookcase for the living room, the kitchen and two for my room. Hooray for this! We’re slowly putting up the flat packed storage solutions and as we slowly do this I’m frantically trying to decide how to use them.
Should I keep them strictly for books or should they be organised like works of art with groups of books and relevant trinkets. Or should I sort the books in alphabetical order by author or title and what about ordering by genre or colour. In the kitchen should the shelves be for books or for the Kilner jars stuffed with pasta and rice only? And should we add doors? Do I want coloured wallpaper on the sides to make them less ‘blah’? And then there’s the living room shelves – what ratio of my stuff should go on there compared to Lau’s? Should it be just the ‘posh’ books aka the cloth bound Penguin classics or is it to be reserved just for our absolute favourites?
Many of these questions I can’t answer but I have been looking for inspiration everywhere to help me decide what to do. So far I’m loving the ideas sprinkled through this post. What about you, what would you suggest I do?
– Fi x