For years, I’ve wanted a bookshelf, but I had trouble committing to a bookshelf due to indecision and the daunting task of finding room for it, assembling it, deciding what to put on it and how to display everything the way I want to. Instead, I made due with two small TV stands and a small glass cabinet as my main places to display my books and various collections.
On a whim, I took my father’s bookshelf that he didn’t really use. It held CD cases filled with Chinese DVDs that my father was no longer watching. I was like, “Yeah, no. My action figures need that bookshelf more than the DVDs do.” I know. I have my priorities in place.
I immediately filled it with stuff and over time, I’ve made little changes here and there. I was content with it for a while, but something just bothered me about it. I didn’t exactly know what it was. Every day I would look at it, and it would bother me more and more. It looked cluttered. It felt like I was using it as storage. I am TECHNICALLY using the bottom half as storage, but it looked too messy for my liking. When I’m looking at my bookshelf, I want to feel like I’m displaying my books and collections. I don’t want to feel like i’m having dirty laundry shown in a public area, and that’s how I felt.
Now, if I were an extremely organized person, I would take off everything for the shelves, declutter and put back the items in a methodical manner. I am not one of those people.
The changes it needed were relatively small, and I had a good idea on what I needed to do. I just avoided doing it. Well, I looked at the cluttered mess one more time, and swiftly got to work.
Starting with the bottom shelf, I took out everything that was not a Gundam kit. It already looked much better. I then took the boats I was storing on top of the bookshelf, and placed them vertically next to the Gundam kits. Perfect. It already did not look like a storage unit.
I then placed the Lego sets on top of the bookshelf. Originally, I had them facing the front, so you can see the front of the box. After doing some rearranging in other areas, I decided to just put the boxes on their sides, and put a container of Legos next to them, in order to free up some drawer space.
After that, I organized my books according to subject matter. Now, of course, these are not all of my books. They’re just my non-fiction books. My fiction books are in another room. I am not a perfectionist by any means. I think the multiple posts of me crying in front of towers of books I own but haven’t read yet has established that. But I don’t like ordering my books in any other way other than size because seeing one small book sandwiched together between two large books is going to make my left eye twitch. and I have enough problems. Surprisingly though, it hasn’t been that much of a problem, and I do like how my books are at least grouped together by category.
The last thing I did was I finally addressed what I like to call the shelf of death. OK, not really, but I’m good with coming up with nicknames for shelves, aren’t I? The problem with the shelf is that I can’t store large items on it and it’s not at eye level. When I got the bookshelf, I adjusted the shelves to my liking but there were certain shelves that I couldn’t move, which is why the bookshelf is the way it is.
I left it alone for a little while, and focused on organizing other areas. As I was struggling to figure out where to put certain things, I thought hey, why not store them on the bookshelf of death? It helped that the items were book-related (maps, mini books, bookmarks, etc.)
Overall, I am very happy with the overall look of my bookshelf. I just wish I had room for two, heh.