Welcome to the last part of my My Little Bookshelf journey. Here I want to show you how my shelves look now and share a little about my journey and what I’ve done for those that don’t know.
What my shelves originally looked like:
Originally they were both separated on different sides of the room and looked like this:
A lot of the bookshelf organisation tutorials online were for people with a massive bookshelf and only 12 books to put on it. I know most avid readers have the opposite problem. A ton of books and just not enough space. I wanted to be able to showcase my books without sacrificing too much on the practicality of getting those books on the shelf.
Which meant I had to be sparse with my decorating. I wanted to add to the shelves without detracting from the books too much or overpowering them, so I decided on three key elements to pull the look together. But first, I got to add a cheeky passion of mine:
I put up paper lanterns to light it more thoroughly. These are battery operated so there’s no annoying chords that needed to be dealt with.
Then I decided to fill in some of the gaps with meaningful things to me. Including this gorgeous teapot I bought from T2:
I really like plants though I’m not always very good at looking after them so I decided to follow up the flowery theme with a Princietta to brighten up my ARC shelf. The leaves are actually pink on top, those aren’t flowers. As they age, they turn green but new leaves will be pink!
This is my little potted plant that used to live on my desk, I put it in front of Sun-Tzu’s Art of War to calm him down (Sun-Tsu, not the plant.)
All up. I’m so excited that I got to redo my shelves. So excited that I went ahead and started creating a library room for myself. Oops. Kind of got greedy with the book space there.
What I learned from the whole experience?
1. Reorganising shelves is a lot of work.
A LOT. SO many books to sort through and place. So be prepared to put in the time and effort and follow through.
2. Have a plan.
How are you going to reorganise you books? By genre? Author? Colour? Appearance? Size? There is no right or wrong, just what suits you.
3. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
Shelves don’t have to just be one way. You can stack some books, have others frontward facing, put them in interesting, contrasting places.
4. Don’t go overboard.
It’s easy to travel from a space saving, well organised shelving system to a hot mess of stuff everywhere. Don’t try and do too much or you risk compromising all your hard work.
5. Have fun!
You’re doing what book lovers do best, handling books. At the end, as long as they’re on a shelf and you’re happy with them, they can’t be wrong!
Thank you for following me on this journey!