Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Anxious energy = bookshelf organization

One of the things in my house that always makes people say, "Holy crap, Sara!" are my bookshelves. It's my pride and joy. I'm not even kidding. 

I have a lot of people who come over to borrow books and I realized I'm always going from one side of the room to the next, and it's crazy. Olivia wants to read Young Adult and I have those all mixed around and it's just a mess. 

So my solution was to spend the afternoon on New Year's Day and organize it all. 
 So that's what I did. I  made my own genre dividers for non-fiction and young adult because everything else is fiction. But now Olivia will know exactly what books are OK for her to read. I don't need her picking up Fifty Shades of Grey and asking me questions I'm not ready to answer. 
 I also had artwork and cute things friends had sent me and I thought now would be an OK time to finally hang them! The dot photo in the middle is from my blog reader, Bev and she makes the coolest pictures! 
 My two photo frames that are falling apart so I put them on the wall so they wouldn't get knocked over and break. I also found that cool wooden sign at a local funky junk store. 

But you want to see my after shelves, right?? 
 So these shelves are on the wall you can't see from the dining room area. I have a lot of my dirty romance novels on here, not all of them but the majority are over here. All of my Linda Howard books are on the very top. Oh- and you can see the hand drawn goat picture my Australian friend Jandy made me, the coffee mug Jackson made me and the maracas from my grandparent's trip to Mexico forever ago. 
 This is my large wall of books! You can't see my dividers well here but the bottom row and three quarters of the second row are my YA books, the rest of the shelf is non-fiction. The top three are fiction. Some are chick lit, some are romance, basically I have every genre covered here somewhere. 

I didn't take a picture of my third set of shelves because I'm still working that area out. It's my review books, my to-do basket, random things. I have to figure out a good way to manage it.

I've mentioned last year my goal was to read the things that have been on my shelf for awhile versus buying new books. I found the PERFECT motivation for that!

If you're interested in joining, head over to NovelKnight for challenge details. Every time you read a book published in 2017 or earlier, you get a point for your team (teams are randomly assigned). The team with the most points at specific points in the year are then eligible to win prizes! It'll be a good way to keep me accountable, get me to my 105 book goal for Goodreads, give you reviews, and justify my ridiculous amount of purchases. WIN for us all. 


Kismaslife said...

This is fantastic and beautiful!

Kristin said...

I love that you organized the shelves, but more than that -- I have shelf envy!

Neely said...

This so speaks to my type A personality!

Beth (Coffee Until Cocktails) said...

WOW!! This turned out great. My biggest problem is that I need more shelf space for all my books!
Coffee Until Cocktails (formerly Beth Next Door)

Chiara Marie said...

I have been meaning to tackle the same project as well. I am glad it turned out great.

Lauren said...

I've recently been going through my shelves/books. I have them all over. Yours look great - I like the divider idea!! Yay for joining the Backlist challenge. What team are you on?


Crystal said...

Your shelves turned out great! I really need to do this to mine.