Books in harmony…

My oldest son, Chris, loves books. He has quite a collection on shelves that line one wall in his and Lorna’s bedroom. The recently rearranged and the books looked overwhelming in the room.

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There were cute parts, but even they were hard to see unless you were right in front of them…

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Chris and Lorna have both been seriously tidying their house and they decided that embrace the KonMarie technique and de-clutter the shelves, without letting go of many books. They took everything off the shelves and rearranged by color.

What was a jumble is now really nice to look at! The clutter is gone, and amazingly enough the books are more engaging. I want to stop and browse where before I just walked on by. It almost makes me wish I had a whole bunch of books to do this with!

21 thoughts on “Books in harmony…

    • I know them all pretty well, and so far it hasn’t taken more than a few minutes to find something. And usually when I finish one book, I don’t have a clear idea what I want to read next, so I’m often browsing without a particular book in mind.

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    • I picked a few shelves at random, and counted how many I’d read on each; it was about a third for three of the shelves, and two-thirds for the fourth—so I think I can probably say I’ve read 35-40% of these books (but there are more in other rooms, and the percentage is probably lower…)

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  1. I’ve never thought of arranging books according to color. I usually arrage them according to author, classical books, etc. But that seems a good idea. Maybe next time it comes to dusting the complete shelves, I’ll arrange them like that. It does look good.

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  2. Love the look of the books by color, but is it hard to find one by title or author?
    PS: so glad you turned me on to the KonMari method!

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      • As posted in response to another comment, I know them well enough to find what I’m looking for pretty quickly; the only time (so far) that I couldn’t find one, it was because it was on a shelf in a different room (but I *was* looking in the place where it would have been, according to spine color).

        Also, I have an online catalog (at https://www.librarything.com/profile/hgoldsmith), which is very useful.

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  3. I purchased that book last year when I saw it a Costco right after reading about it in your blog. I like her method of folding clothes, but I’m not interested in getting rid of stuff… I do like the looks of the books when organized by color, but can’t imagine trying to find a specific book when using such a system. Maybe publishers should start choosing the colors of book covers by the author’s last name! Then even libraries could be color coordinated!

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      • Nothing on top of a bookcase? I have all my fabric scraps (by color) in different size and shape clear glass containers on top of my 5′ tall bookcase.. It looks like a candy store, but without the calories!

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  4. Looks pretty, but I cant imagine having my cookbooks, and my quilt books and my novels mixed together, arranged by color. I’d never find anything! At least this is a LOT better than that stupid decorating trend of having the “pages out” instead of the spines, or all wrapped in butcher paper!

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