. . . will it hurry the arrival of Spring?
I hope so.
With that in mind, I’ve officially started Spring Cleaning. (Hubby laughed out loud when I said I was going to do a post on spring cleaning. I have no idea why, and I’m sure he’s afraid to tell me!)
To start, I cleaned out the bookcase in the living room. (Pick the “low fruit” first, right?)
I took all the books out and put them in stacks by color and then put them back. I had recently read that it makes your bookcases more pleasing to the eye to have the books arranged by color.
I didn’t think to take a “before” picture, so this is after my initial attempt.
That arranging by color thing turned out to be easier said than done. First of all, it’s amazing how many shades of color are represented in book bindings. (Maybe we should start looking at the color of the book binding and let that be a deciding factor in whether or not to buy it!) It also means that you have to give up grouping books by subject. But, I guess that isn’t really a problem when you aren’t dealing with any more books than this. Also, that next to the bottom shelf is the paperback books we want to keep, and they just don’t lend themselves to the color grouping thing, because many times their spines are several colors.
And, what about sets of books? See the Reader’s Digest Condensed Books set at the back of this shelf? I tried breaking the set up and putting each of them with like colors, but, to me, they stuck out like a sore thumb with their distinctive look, so I reunited the set, and just organized the books in the set to try to put like colors together. The shelves are deep enough that I was at least able to put them all the way at the back of a shelf, and put a few more color coordinated books in front of them.
Once I actually get started on a project like this, I tend to second guess myself alot. So, I kept re-thinking how I could arrange the books better.
But I finally just switched the books around on two shelves, added a lamp …
… and now I’m calling the bookcase, DONE.
On to our closet!