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Bookshelf for Bookshelf’s Worth


This week’s question: Are your bookshelves strictly books only? Or have knick-knacks invaded? Do your shelves also shelve DVDs? Photos? Why not snap a photo – I’m sure we all like to spy on other’s shelves!

I limit my bookcases to books only because my apartment is already running out of room for all my books. Recently I have begun double-shelving on the lower rungs of bookcases, trying to remove books off the floor. I like to the thought of books’ having their home, a place where they belong. If produce is properly stowed in the fridge and groceries are tugged away in the cabinets, why shouldn’t books be neatly shelved in an exclusive locale to avoid damage?

13 Responses

  1. Wish I could say that my shelves just had books but there are a few knick knacky things on them!!

  2. you are so right…books need their proper home. and I sadly have a number of homeless books, sitting on the floor…sitting in piles, here and there…like homeless books.
    I need more book shelves.
    Or to give away some books.
    Or most likely both.

  3. I only have a couple of bookcases at home so I can’t afford to waste space on knick knacks with these! lol

  4. My bookshelves used to have other things on them, but not anymore. Like you I just don’t have room.

  5. My bookshelves contain only books: stacked, piled and overflowing with books.

  6. Oh, I’ve got a few knick knacks, but these are not the problem! One of my decluttering projects that needs to occur SOON is to trap my husband in there and make him eliminate some of his damned textbooks, to make room for my stuff, of course!

  7. Matt – I’m with you on books having a proper home. My books are like my friends, and I want to make sure they are properly cared for. In addition, I like the idea of being able to see what I have. When you add knick-knacks or keep books in places other than a bookshelf, then it is so easy to forget what books you own!

  8. Love the produce and grocery analogy. Right on!

    Books must have a nice, cozy home and (if well organized) makes our homes nicer too.

  9. Hi Matt–Here in Hawaii we have to store books carefully to avoid damage from the tropical humidity. I have a bedroom/library in the house used exclusively for my books It has a dehumidifier running set at 50 percent. The room is a nice retreat for a book lover. Aloha from Rob

  10. My bookshelves are overloaded with books, but I do admit to stuffing some dvds on the top shelf. And there are a few knick knacks stuffed in the little spaces around or on top of the books. And my remotes are stuffed in there too. Along with some notebooks. And well, its becoming quite clear to me that I really need to invest in some new bookshelves. Hmmm.

  11. When I organize my shelves, they are all books – but if there’s a small amount of space on the shelves, I usually leave stuff there. Jewelry, hair ties, phone charger…not because I don’t respect the books’ space, but just because I am super messy.

  12. I have a few framed photographs that end up as bookends when the shelves get too crowded and double-stacked.

    My post about The Master and Margarita is up today, in which I thank you for calling it to my attention!

  13. absolutely. I used to put knicknacks on my bookshelves but these days there’s no room for anything but books!

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