The Shelves of Chaos

In my house, books are everywhere. They are on tables, window sills, counters, beds, nightstands, dressers, even the floor. And that’s interesting considering I have given, and continue to give, away so many of my books. But there are always new ones coming and going from the library and of course, there are the children. The children love books and I love that they love books, I really do.

To us, books are entertainment. They are for fun. They are toys. I like it that way, I really do.

Even then, I do love tidy bookshelves. Which is a shame because they don’t really happen in my house. A while ago, Comradde PhysioProffe asked demanded people share photos of their bookshelves. ThisĀ  sent pangs of unease through me. I used to dream of a library– floor to ceiling shelves stacked to the brim with books except for some gorgeous windows here and there and lots of comfortable chairs and chaises. I let that dream go a couple of years ago and carted bags and boxes of books to the library with its death.

Some times, I regret doing that. But most times I don’t. That’s why I have yet another giant bag waiting at the front door. I can’t decide if I really do want that dream to die or not. I’m not a re-reader. The only book I re-read consistently is The Little Prince (which I gave to my children and can no longer find). So, for a long time I struggled with what the point of the library would be. Stallion doesn’t read. And Eldest does, but a lot of the books I have in my collections are mature and would make me feel uncomfortable seeing him read– some of them, forever probably. I don’t really have many friends these days, and most of them aren’t readers either. Not to mention, I’m still battling with the idea of spending money on books.

All that being said, there are books piled in places in my home. And since Comradde and Nicole and Maggie showed us theirs, I’ll show them mine in all their chaotic glory.

Daughter's Bookshelf and the Surrounding Area

Daughter’s Bookshelf and the Surrounding Area

Sons' Bookshelf and the Surrounding Area + Gecko

Sons’ Bookshelf and the Surrounding Area + Gecko. Also not the bag of library books in the bottom which has MY MISSING CROCHET PROJECT

My Grandmother's antique writing desk has these little shelves in it. The duck book ends were hers as well.

My Grandmother’s antique writing desk has these little shelves in it. The duck book ends were hers as well. I keep my library books here.

Art Books and Coloring Books as well reside in the living room

Art Books and some Coloring Books reside in the living room

This is my side of the entertainment center. It's filled with Photo Albums and Books and Toys. Stallion's is on the opposite side and is filled with movies and toy skateboards.

This is my side of the entertainment center. It’s filled with Photo Albums and Books and Toys. Stallion’s is on the opposite side and is filled with movies and toy skateboards.

Under the shelves in the entertainment center, I have the book cabinet. This used to be packed to the brim with books and is what got cleaned out the most heavily when I donated books.

Under the shelves in the entertainment center, I have the book cabinet. This used to be packed to the brim with books and is what got cleaned out the most heavily when I donated books.

So there you have it– my much slimmed down assortment of books and kids’ insane shelves of books. What about yours?

6 thoughts on “The Shelves of Chaos

  1. In my last home, I had 4 bookshelves 80″ tall. Two were 32″ wide, two were 24″ wide. Both of the wider shelves and half of each of the smaller shelves were full of books. This was less crowded than when all of those shelves were full and then some of books.

    Now I have two 42″ tall x 32″ wide shelves. One is partly full of fiction and craft books. The other is mostly full of cooking and history and clothing reference books. I have one 72″ tall x 15″ wide shelf that holds sheet music and hymnals. And the top shelf above my desk holds some reference books between the pencil sharpener and the external hard drives.

    I don’t have room for growth on the music and reference shelves, but I do have some duplicates and a bunch of things that I’m sure I won’t keep after I finish reading them. And one huge book that I want to sell.

  2. I think we are soul mates. My husband and I are looking into moving to a bigger apartment (we rent), because we don’t have enough space for the books.

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