Two bookshelf thoughts:
1. Books sorted by color are for sellouts – And I am a sellout. My sister teases me for color coordinating my books, and I fully deserve it. I am 100% sure I will look back on this with the shame bad decisions documented on the internet deserve. I’m not sure why I tried this and then decided to keep it this way when those are my honest feelings. I can offer no excuse other than it looks less cluttered than organizing them by subject. At least my books are all good colors. So there’s that.
2. Getting rid of books is hard but good, for us – Our family used to have a lot of books. This entire bookshelf was filled and then some. And I thought I would never part with them because who doesn’t want/need BOOKS? But once I had kids, I started intentionally minimizing our stuff. One of my favorite parenting books ever, Simplicity Parenting, was the catalyst. It talks a lot about the “extraordinary power of less” in your quality of life and I’m a believer. (The greatest irony is that I’ve never owned that book, only checked it out so many times from the library, based on the author’s advice. I should float them some $$.) I’m sure there are some book people who would choose their books over anything else and they should give them a proper and prominent space in their home. But I decided I’m not one of them. Really, do I need my anthropology text book from college? No. Do I need every novel I’ve ever read? No. Do my kids need the complete catalog of Dr. Seuss? No. I’m happier with less in this area.
Over the course of recent moves I’ve whittled down our book collection. What remains is a solid collection that is either truly enjoyed by us or truly practical. A handful of our favorite architecture/design/photography, economics (not mine!), reference and fiction books along with a couple of sentimental items is all that survived the cut.
Some books were parted out to other rooms of the house. Car manuals, woodworking guides and technical art books were relocated to the garage, where they are referenced. Music books and guitar repair manuals are stashed with my husband’s guitar equipment. Most children’s books are in their room. Now, the bookshelf has room to breath and hold more of the thing I don’t want to be a minimalist about: pottery.
You can see more of this room, the den, in this post. I’d love to hear what you think of color coordinating books…tacky or timeless? (I’m so sure it’s tacky, yet here I am.)
3 thoughts on “Deep Bookshelf Thoughts”
love your color coordinated books. i tell you something all my clothes are color coordinated in the closet and i even color coordinate my hubbies clothes and all our towels. i am even more “color coordinated crazy”. but whenever people see it, they kinda think it´s strange but they also say it looks really clean. love the clean look.
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Haha, I color coordinate my husband’s clothes too. Totally clean looking! Glad to know I’m not the only one!!! :)
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