How do you store your books? On bookcases? In piles? In piles on bookcases? Are they sorted? Do you know where everything is? What’s the most creative storage you’ve seen or used for your books?
Ugh. All of the above.
So, I have three shelves for my books–two small ones and one pretty big one. They all used to be either crammed onto the little shelves or stacked on my floor, but I desperately needed to clear up that clutter, so I bought and I assembled my big shelf.
I initially tried to organize them by genre and author, but that got abandoned fast–I have too many books to do that in a way that makes sense, so I let the shelf descend into chaos. The only exception is that series are grouped together because duh. But for the most part, I do know where everything is. I could tell you which of the three shelves a book is on, and then tell you which specific shelf and the general area and what other books are nearby.
Now, I have enough books that after the big shelf got filled, the little shelves needed double stacked. And now that my boyfriend has moved in with me–and he’s also a bookworm–I have even more books, and both of us so far have refused to relinquish our double copies. Don’t get me wrong, our relationship is great, but when it came to decided whether or not to pare down the collection and keep only one copy of everything, he said, “Better not. Just in case.” Trust me, this has more to do with 1) being possessive over our books and 2) not wanting to potentially have a custody battle over them than it does any relationship troubles or doubts, although I do think I’ll let go of my copy of Lord of the Rings since I only have the first one and he has the whole series. And for some arbitrary reason, I’m trying to keep his books sort of separate from mine. We’ve had to start double-stacking the big shelf now, so his books are stacked separately from mine. As I get rid of books I don’t like (I’m looking at you, you piece of shit 50 Shades of Grey), I’ll shuffle things around and hopefully eliminate the need for the double stack, and I imagine that’ll also lead to giving up trying to keep the books separate for the sake or organization and space.
Or we’ll make it to be like 90 with separate stacks of books on our shelves and children who don’t understand what damn difference it makes.