I have 4 bookshelves in my house. Some of you may be appalled at that (ONLY FOUR??), others may be left yearning (if you only have one, or maybe none, at your disposal). And I look forward to hearing about your shelf situations after reading mine! (I should note that this doesn't include the bookshelf of kid's books in the boys' toy room, or the shelves that they each have in their bedrooms...luckily they don't have any purging to do yet...)
I shelve my books alphabetically by author. I wish that I had a higher threshold for chaos so that I could shelve by color, because how boss is this:
Of course, the downside to shelving alphabetically is that anytime you get a new book (especially by an author at the beginning of the alphabet), it requires the shifting of every.single.shelf. Not my favorite activity!
Anyway, my 4 shelves. The first two are in the living room:
|Books among the chaos. And Elmo.|
The third bookcase is in my basement:
This is R through W. The top shelf is reserved for the shot glass collection that my husband and I have been amassing since we started dating. I know, I know, potential additional book space! But the shot glass collection is dear enough to earn its own spot.
The fourth case is in our bedroom:
The middle shelf is W through Z (vertical), as well as books that I am looking to give away (horizontal). (Lots of pregnancy and baby books there, if anyone is in need!!) The bottom shelf consists primarily of random reference books (an English-to-French dictionary, my husband's old psychology textbooks, the texts from the class I used to teach online, etc). Oh, and the top shelf is admittedly underused, consisting of my mishmash of jewelry boxes and a jar of change. Hmmm...more books may need to move in there...
That's what I'm working with here in bookshelf land! I dream of one day having a true library (with all the shelves in one room), but for now, this will do.
Tell me about your bookshelves, friends!