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Not quite that bad yet but you reminded me that there is a stack of books beside me which has gently leant in against the desk leg and which was supposed to have been posted to someone a month or more ago!
Neatness-challenged, indeed. How would I ever find any of my books if they were all stored away???
Had open house here at the parsonage on Sunday, and so spent some time cleaning. Got to the last minute, and just started shoving stuff into closets and running a dustcloth over a few key pieces of furniture. I will spend the rest of Chrismas vacation locating items stuffed in the closets.
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.
-- Arnold Lobel
>3 justjim: their house is a series of tunnels through the mess
That's the one that scares me into a certain minimum. My mother's cousin lived, and died, like that. What scares me even more is that he believed he was organised. When he died we filled a skip just with the rotten food that was lurking among the piles.
#9 You've just described my preferred cleaning methods but every time I come close to the computer desk with a duster I have to stop and check if someone's posted something interesting on LT!!
It is very hard to keep the clutter at bay when there's not only books covering every surface but my scrapbooking, decoupage and OH's latest woodwork project. I think we've lost the battle on this one.
Sounds like a charge brewing;
Books to right of them,
Books to left of them,
Books behind them
Tome and Volume;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
Oh, They! that read so well.
(My apologies to Lord Alfred Tennyson)
I think my house would be very neat without all the books. But I wouldn't want to live in it then.
Last spring, I had so many books tucked in sideways above the others, that I couldn't push any more in, so I culled about a hundred paperbacks I no longer felt the need of, figured out where I could fit in another book case, (actually found a nice three-shelf x 34" wooden one sitting on a lawn with a 'free' sign on it) and filled it up. Lots of room. Surely I coud buy a *few* more books...
We're getting back to the 'tucked in sideways' stage....
Space is obvious. When we built the house a major library collection was not planned for.
Change is the number of books that my wife and I buy every year. Probably 200 - 300. Every where we go we track used book stores and raid them for collections.
Most science fiction types do not sell their books but when they move away to college or university or out getting married, their parents do.
I recently completed my collection of Vance and Moorcock thanks to such a parent.
I like to keep my library sorted alphabetical by author and title and/or series and title within author.
This means that about once a year (usually on one of the hottest it seems) I resort my library. This is not a problem if I buy lots of X, Y or Z authors. If I buy a bunch of A, B or C it can be a real problem.
Last year it took me 3 days.
"It is very hard to keep the clutter at bay when there's not only books covering every surface but my scrapbooking, decoupage ..."
Same for me. Books, and crafting items.
"Where are my surfaces?" Eddy, from an episode of Absolutely Fabulous
I have stacks of books, and bookcases, in every room (even a narrow bookcase in my narrow hall), except the kitchen and bathroom. The bathroom is too damp, and my cooking methods are too freestyle. I'm sure that the two neatest rooms are the only rooms I don't keep books in is just coincidence.
I like to think of it as cheerful chaos, but in the last couple of years here in what was to have been a "transitional" apartment, the crowding has gotten oppressive. When I move from here (which now will be sooner rather than later) I'm going to pare things to the bone. I'm sentimental about only a few pieces of furniture--my grandfather's humidor, my dad's dry sink which was his first stereo cabinet--but all those little things! In parts of the room I have more tchatckes on the shelf than books. They all meant something to me when I got them, but ...
The neatest rooms used to be the kitchen and the bedroom. I've given up on the kitchen. The bedroom what holding its own for awhile, but I'm losing control in there. However, we're dealing with serious family illness (I now have a hospital bed adding to the living room clutter) so I'm going to cut myself some slack.
Still, I have got to get rid of books. A huge chunk were my husband's acquisitions, which makes it even harder for me to decide what to do with them. So many of them, I've never read! But there is no room, no room, no room. And I cannot see the point of paying storage for them, where no one will even have access to them.
The one nice thing is that thanks to LT, as I catalog them, I do know what is in what box.