Monday, August 30, 2010

Book overload

I've got books all over the house. In bedrooms, closets, bathrooms, on the floor, in bookcases... you name it. Books are everywhere.

Several months ago, I finally got things organized. All the books were on the shelves, neatly divided into categories. And everything was lovely and easy to find. It looked like this.

But then, I went to the ALA (American Library Association) Annual conference. And this year's convention happened to be local, so I got more books than usual. Well, that's kind of an understatement.

Here's a picture of the bellhop's cart when I checked out of the hotel. (Yes, I needed a hotel room... where else would I have stored all the books during the conference?) Keep in mind that every bag on the cart is full of books.

Between that minor influx of books, and the fact that I let my children read the books and take them off the shelves, my library went from that beautiful picture at the top of the post, to this.

After two months of work and several failed organizational methods, I've finally done it. Here's what it looks like now (in alphabetical order, no less.)

That's just the picture books, though (and this picture doesn't even show all of them). Let's not even talk about all the other books waiting to be shelved... or the other eight bookcases in the house.

Let's see how long I can keep it up this time.


  1. I remember this room...IT LOOKS FABULOUS,it is a lifelong work in progress...Keep going, someday it will remain organized for longer than usual....EACH DAY A FEW MORE HOURS OF ORGANIZATION ARE GOOD FOR THE MIND AND THE SOUL

  2. what hours is the Kusel library open for business???;)

  3. Fabulous! Keeping things looking good sure does take a lot of effort... hopefully worthwhile, when you're not slipping and sliding over a mountain of books anymore.