4.21.2010

my messy bookshelf

i am really trying to get my apartment to a place where i like it, by decorating while spending as little money possible, and getting rid of stuff we don't need or use... and organizing everything. last month i decided to tackle my book shelves, and i'm pretty pleased with the result.


i wanted to organize the books by color so it would look nice (i know... i know.) but we have so many books that it ended up being impossible. i mean, we have a lot of books. a ridiculous amount. (do we need old college text books and twenty bibles? probably not. but we have them.) so stuffing them in the shelves while trying to make things look simple and organized proved to be a challenge.




before :(
sad bookshelves feel the pressure of their sloppy appearance.






so i made a creative decision, one i was actually happy with! i decided to make curtains to cover the bottom half of our bookshelves, to hide the shelves where the printer, my sewing machine, and the less attractive books are stuffed.



river helping. he did all the dirty work, like re-threading the machine. you know.


after :D
happy bookshelves reveling in their makeover!





organizing by color proved to be the right decision, and putting the curtains up was a pretty good "fake" baby-proofing move, as river pretty much ignores the shelves now. there's nothing hanging out to catch his eye. :)

9 comments:

  1. books arranged by colour makes me ridiculously happy. love your 'new' shelves. & your shelves have confirmed it. not enough purple books in the world. i own about 5.

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  2. yes, i own four. :'( and one is just an empty scrapbook, so i don't even think it counts.

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  3. ok - why have i never considered organizing books by color? what a novel idea :)
    will have to remember this when we move house - too much to tackle in our current state.

    looks great - love this!

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  4. Love love love!

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  5. That is SO FAB!!!!! :D I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I wish we could do that but none of the colors of our books are even remotely color cordnaite unless they are black or gray. Love the curtains too :D- I love everything about it. LoL

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  6. Genius, to organiZe by color. :) I have read that idea in organizing books before...if it doesn't bother you not to have them organized by subject (as I have mine - but they are behind closed cabinets), it is absolutely the most aesthetic way to go. I love the look!!!

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  7. BTW, I love the fact that River doesn't care about the "boring" curtain-covered shelves now...too funny :) Very clever.

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  8. That is SO FAB!!!!! :D I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I wish we could do that but none of the colors of our books are even remotely color cordnaite unless they are black or gray. Love the curtains too :D- I love everything about it. LoL
    annie

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