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I have a problem

I'm cleaning for the holidays.  I don't have enough time to get it done, but that's not my problem.  The holiday cleaning involves a lot of pick-it-up-and-put-it-away.  Nothing new there.  The problem begins when there isn't an "away" to put it.  Again - there's nothing new about that.  For the last year or so I've been using that as incentive to get rid of things.  vynehorn should actually be quite proud of me.  Of course, you can't tell by looking that I've gotten rid of that much stuff, but hey - I have.

The problem is that the lack of away is now in my weak spot.


I am again in a pickle where I have more books than I have shelves.  I need another bookcase.  Problem: there is no place to put another bookcase.

I've done several purges of the books.  I've given so many books to the local library that I think they're starting to wonder what's wrong with me (a topic for another time.  I am unwilling to let go of the books currently shelved in my library.  And lest anyone say "but are you ever actually going to read them again," well, I'm currently redevouring all of my Hambly from the... 80s?  90s?  I forget, but I've had them for a while.  And I'm enjoying the re-read.

There are things in the library that aren't bookcases, but they're not really negotiable.  A very small desk with the computer.  The futon where I happily put all my overnight guests.  The filing cabinets with our important papers.  My drawing board.  So... no.

I'm going to have to figure this out while my pile of books that don't fit is very small (under a dozen at the moment.)



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Dec. 21st, 2015 11:55 am (UTC)
Using an industrial nail gun, tack books of 200 pages or less to the ceiling. Vary the color schemes of the covers to create a mosaic effect!
Dec. 30th, 2015 11:18 pm (UTC)
BYT yer tongue, that's heresy.

However, ceilings do make me think. I've often thought about doing a single bookshelf of paperback size along the ceiling, and detailing the underside like crown molding. Would it work for you?

I'm pretty sure someone would slap me right back if I suggested making similar bookshelves on your kitchen beams...
Dec. 30th, 2015 11:42 pm (UTC)
Nope. I thought of that years ago. The windows sit too high.

The kitchen beams are for pottery display, not books. Besides, I wouldn't keep books in a room where things get greasy.
Jan. 16th, 2016 12:34 am (UTC)
This is where you find a storage area in the basement or the attic, or under a bed, fill a box with stuff you aren't likely to use in the immediate future, listing all of its contents in an excel file or home cataloging program. Sort of like the TCD library with the stacks where you had to give a librarian a little green slip and come back two hours later to get your book.
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