MY INTERIOR WORLD OF ORGANIZATION — BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY — SEPT. 12

Welcome to Booking Through Thursday, another bookish journey that allows us to explore various topics and ponder questions.

Today’s Thoughts to Ponder:

How do you organize/store your books? Do you go through them often? Or
do you pretty much just shelve them and then leave them alone until
you need them?

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A topic I think about, worry over, and spend endless hours considering.

I have always kept the “read” books separate from the “unread,” which presented something of a dilemma for me at one point, when my TBRs reached around 166.  That’s when I started my Curl up and Read blog, dedicated to the journey through those stacks.

When I moved into this condo, which is much smaller than my previous home, I knew I had to do something!  As I unpacked the “unread” boxes (yes, they were packed and labeled in this manner), this is what the result looked like.

Over the past three years, the stacks have gradually dwindled and I bought a bookshelf for the remaining unreads.

Yes, I made a button out of it…..

But now I have depleted those stacks until they are just a few that I can stack on my desk, like this:

Small “Old TBR” stack on the right

Note that I said Old TBR stack…well, here are the newer ones.  Not as bad as the old ones were, but something to keep track of….

I once had spreadsheets to help me manage these stacks, but I do best when they’re “in my face,” so to speak.

Oh, and by the way, the “read” books are stored on several shelves throughout the house, like these:

Floor to ceiling shelf behind the kids

 

What about you?  What works in your bookish world?

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21 thoughts on “MY INTERIOR WORLD OF ORGANIZATION — BOOKING THROUGH THURSDAY — SEPT. 12

  1. I shelve my books until I’ve read them, I also have a bookcase for the books I’ve read, and friends and family take whatever they want of those books and the rest I generally donate to the library.

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  2. Thank you for the tour. I enjoy being surrounded by my books and it seems you feel the same way. So organized. I not only have different bookcases for different purposes but I also catalog on a spreadsheet, mainly for my EReaders, because I tend to forget what I have downloaded. Thanks for stopping by and have a nice upcoming weekend.

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    • I like the spreadsheet idea as a backup….on my old computer, I had some. But they are incompatible on Louisa May, my laptop. So I’d have to create new ones…ugh!

      Thanks for stopping by, Cheryl….I also forget what I’ve downloaded, so I organize them into collections.

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    • Oh, it did drive me crazy, Lizzy! Which was why I added another blog to address the issue…lol

      As if I needed a blog for that, but it made the process more fun. I’m kind of obsessive about books (and knicknacks–thanks for noticing!), so naturally I would be an obsessive blogger.

      Thanks for stopping by….

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  4. Oh my…I see that you spend a good part of your time dusting!

    I resort to folders on my Kindle…order coming in on my iPad…and stacks in the dining room…nothing really works…I still pick and choose randomly!

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    • Ha-ha….Yes, sadly, dusting is unavoidable. But it doesn’t have to be done every day! Thanks for stopping by, Patty, and thanks to you, I know how to create the “collections” on the Kindle. Are the folders different?

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  5. Seems like you have a good system going for you there. I’m always comforted when surrounded by books, so I like having bookcases spread out throughout the house. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier.

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    • I do like them surrounding me throughout the house, even though I’ve also wished for a whole room with books. But seeing them everywhere feels like a cocoon.

      Thanks for stopping by, William, and enjoy your books.

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