My University book shelf is starting to get full and I know the simple solution would be to stop buying books ! (this would also help the poor student issue) ! but I enjoy buying books. Some people find comfort in buying food or clothes, I however would eat and wear books if I could.
Today I sorted out my bookshelves to make more room and I thought I would share with you the five stages I went through when doing it. Let me know if you go through this as well or what you do…
stage 1… DENIAL
I put off the task of organizing my book shelf because it means that I have to accept I cannot purchase more books. Although I have been in this denial stage for a long time because I just keep taking books home to hide them there on my overflowing bookshelf back home.
Buying books is just such an exciting task that I do not want to let it go yet… so I believe that I can just rearrange the books to make the fit.
The next stage is SHOCK/REALIZATION…
That devastatingly heartbreaking moment when you realise you cannot fit anymore books any where, not even behind the front ones or on top of them. AHHHH I hate this part because it is like being hit in the face with a ton of bricks; it physically hurts, okay! (and emotionally) I am such a nerd but I honestly do not care. Books help me to be less taciturn when in a social situation because they let me express my passionate nature.
stage 3 – The BARGAINING process…
- Do I get rid of my precious books? NOOOOOOOOO
- Do I move some of them, maybe put them away in storage?
- Do I buy another book shelf?
- Do I just put some next to my bed, like I am ‘currently’ reading them?
Stage 4- ACCEPTANCE…
At this point I accepted that I cannot get rid of any of my friends, I will never let go. I decided I will sneak a few home, move my clothes into storage to make more book space and organised the remaining once as an apology for even considering such a crime.
This leads me on to the next stage ORGANISATION…(stage 5)
- Do I colour coordinate the books?
- Put the in alphabetical order?
- Height order, maybe?
- Even genre order?
- Classic collection order…books of the same trilogy/series together?
I decided to mix it up and do it in the collection order (I could not split the little book families up) however I then put them in alphabetical order, regarding the authors name. Jealous? Do you do through this as well?