My Friday night this past week was exactly as I had promised it would be; filled with the task of organizing those gosh darn bookshelves. It actually wasn’t that bad since I added some beer and Say Yes to the Dress, Atlanta to the mix. [This is by far the best installment of Say Yes to the Dress. Those cute southern twangs make insults sound like sweet, sweet poetry.]
Most of the bookshelf designs that I have seen these days are streamlined and pretty, nothing over the top. They have nice little accents placed neatly throughout with some books here and there. This is what I wanted to model my bookshelves after.
But, Bobby and I are readers. I know I’ve mentioned before that I was a theater major in school so I also have LOTS of plays in my possession. A large amount of books and plays doesn’t leave much room for all the cute little knick knacks I had envisioned. OR DOES IT.
It was after surveying the amount of literature (if you wouldn’t mind, please read that word using a British accent because that’s how I said it when I wrote it) we owned, that we had decided to get another bookshelf. What does that mean? That means I had more space for my THINGS!
Here is a picture of what progress looks like:
Note: These pictures are all going to be fairly crappy as the only tool I have to take them is my iPhone, and she has been a real sassmouth lately and often makes my pictures blurry, dark, or adds orbs that are obviously ghosts to the mix.
And this it the final-ish product. I say “final-ish” because I think bookshelves are a place where things have the ability to constantly shift and change.
“ANNA! THAT IS A DARK PICTURE!” I know. I’m sorry. I have not invested in fancy schmancy PhotoShop yet. Bear with me.
How I Organized Mah Sheeeeelves
- I decided to color code my books. I put all books that were in the same color vain together. And then I placed them in piles that were both horizontal and vertical. In a world (my bookshelf world) filled with lots of things and a little chaotic, I thought this would help streamline things a bit.
- I played with levels. Sometimes I put little statues, picture frames, whoseewhatsits on top of the books and sometimes I left them alone.
- I didn’t try to match the bookshelf on the right to the one of the left. Not only would that have taken up a large chunk of time, it would have been impossible. I don’t have double of everything guys. Just Keith Richards Life and Tales from the Traveling Couch (which was a book both Bobby and I are still holding onto from our Abnormal Psych class in college. Want to feel incredibly plain and normal for a day? Pop that sucker open.)
- The books were the only things I color coded, everything else I just put where I felt it worked.
- I flitted about the room singing show tunes and copying everything that Monty from Say Yes to the Dress uttered.
Eventually, I want to cover the inside of the bookshelves in a different color/pattern or cover the shelves themselves (tehe) in a different color/pattern. We shall see!
When I was done, I sat on my couch and looked over to this view and smiled because our shoebox of a kitchen is really starting to grow on me
The rest of the weekend involved cleaning, hanging pictures, being dragged down the sidewalk by my dog who has NO idea how strong he is and fluttering off to my friend Megan’s engagement party which was a lot of fun!
I hope you all had a great weekend, too!
Before I go, I just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers out to the families who are suffering in Oklahoma right now and I just ask that you keep them in your hearts as they try to move on and rebuild.