It’s no secret – you’re a book-a-holic. You love to read, but majority of the books on your library shelves are just collecting dust. Parting with your precious books isn’t always easy, but something has to be done with the clutter. A library ladder will likely come in handy during this process (if you have a tall shelves). But first, let’s look at some of the reasons why people find it hard to let go of their books:
- Sentimental value: It can be difficult to part with a collection of books that you’ve grown fond of. You may even have multiple copies of the same book, yet you keep them all.
- Cost: Hardcovers can be fairly pricey. This sometimes turns them into an investment that’s difficult to release, even when you know you’ll never likely read it again.
- It was a trilogy: Book collectors love sets. The more sets you own, the more clutter you’ll eventually have. Unfortunately, most book sets hold sentimental value.
- It was a gift: People like to buy books for avid readers. Some may know you like to read, but lack the knowledge of your current inventory.
- It has a beautiful cover: They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but we’re all guilty of it. Some covers have a pretty design that gives them a decorative feel.
- It makes you look smart: A collection of encyclopedias, scientific journals and the like can make you look intelligent. This can make your collection more impressive to guests, right?
There are two questions you should ask yourself before adding more books to your shelves – Do I love it? And am I going to reread it? If you can’t answer yes to both of those questions, then they’re not worth keeping.
Now, onto the mountain of books you decide to keep. Get your sliding library ladder ready and use the following tips:
- Tightly pack in your books, then pull them to the edge of the shelf. This will make them appear more organized.
- When you run out of shelf space, stack your paperbacks horizontally.
- Make sure to dust your books and shelves. You may not read them, but that doesn’t mean others have to know it!
- Install more shelves. You’ve got a library ladder, so put it to use!
- Only keep books on your shelves. Place other items on them sparingly.
It’s time to get your bookshelves organized. All you need is a few hours, a sturdy library ladder and patience. With these tips, you should be able to get things arranged in no time!