I've spent the last few days cleaning up piles of papers laying around my office and finding homes for books.
As an advid book reader, I have found there are too many books, and too little shelves to place them. So what is one to do with all those books?
Here are a few solutions I've recently discovered for organizing books and decluttering my book shelves.
1. Sort through books and decide upon which ones are keepers. Those you can part will put in a seperate pile.
2. Put your keeper pile on your book shelves first. Place then by catagory, subject, our frequently read.
Alternatives to bookshelves:
1. Crates make great book shelves, you can stack them and arrange them anyway that suits you and the best part is, if you need to move your books, you just pick up one crate at a time. This way you don't have to clear off the books in order to move the bookcase.
2. Regular shelving units can be used for books on wall, make sure you use secure brackets that can take on the weight, and postion several in a row or stagered to display your favorite reads.
Sharing, Trading, and Just Getting Rid of a Few Books.
It's really hard sometimes for a book lover to get rid of any of their books, but if your trading a book for another book you really want to read, or temporarily sharing it with a freind or circle of friends, it doesn't seem so bad.
1. Create a trading circle around friends where you can swap books from each others bookshelves and give them back when your done.
2. Trade books with friends, or online.
3. Donate books to local libraries and charties like Goodwill, Church rummage sales, or Community Centers.