If We Spring Clean . . .


. . . 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.

p1000914   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.   

p1000916  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.  

   p1000940   But I finally just switched the books around on two shelves, added a lamp … 

p10009551   … and now I’m calling the bookcase, DONE.

On to our closet!

20 Responses to If We Spring Clean . . .

  1. Beth says:

    I’ve never heard of arranging books by color, but it really does look nice! And good call on keeping the RD books together.

    What a beautiful home you have!

  2. Sandra says:

    Beth — After I read about the color thing, I saw it done on an HGTV show, but they were dealing with a whole wall of books. It was muuuuch more impressive on a grand scale like that, but I do like the look even when it’s just this small bookcase.

    Thank you for your comment about our home. I always marvel at how much easier it is to keep things neat and tidy now that it’s just the two of us. Believe me, it hasn’t always been that way!

  3. Amy O says:

    I agree with Beth, color is great. The RD, I like that you kept them together. It is like a rainbow with them anyways, a good sign of Spring. Right, it doesn’t seem that way today. Heck, you good sort the RD Books by Roy G. Biv for the rainbow.

  4. Sandra says:

    Amy — You’re right that the RD set does actually add a sort of Spring-like look! Good (inadvertent) work, Sandra! 🙂

  5. Linda says:

    Good job finding an elbow-to-ring sized lamp, too. It looks perfect in that spot.

  6. Oh, I certainly hope it hurries Spring along. The bookcases look great, by the way!

  7. Sandra says:

    Linda — Thanks. Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while! 🙂

    New Diva — If only! 🙂

  8. Yup; definitely pleasing to the eye! 🙂

  9. Janet Ruth says:

    What a cool idea! I might suggest this to my hubby, but we have a massive book collection. We both love books, and it might be a week long project sorting through all them. Any volunteers to help?

  10. Nicely done. Now when are you coming back up here to hasten spring? You know this laundry won’t do itself.

  11. I found you through Karen at Food glorious food. Thought I would stop by and take a peak. Love the bookcase. Never thought of color coding my books. I usually arrange them by size.
    Got a good chuckle from the stripper/hooker story and love the hat. Think I might just return to see what you are up to in a few days.

  12. chrissy says:

    I love that you color coordinated and kept them in size by size and then coordinated how you totally wanted!

  13. Sandra says:

    HPKT — Thank you! I’m putting a checkmark beside “make bookcase pleasing to eye”! 🙂

    Janet Ruth — As I said above, I saw this done on a whole wall of bookcases on HGTV and it was verrry impressive. But, with lots of books, not having them grouped by subject might be a problem. I guess you have to make a choice — ever again be able to locate a book you want to read — or have a “pleasing to the eye” wall of books! 🙂

    Gee, sorry, Jen. I’m not available right now to do your laundry. Want me to send detailed instructions? 🙂 Love, Mom

    Evy — Thanks for stopping by! I’ve now visited your blog too, and I think you and I have alot in common. I’ll be stopping back.

    Chrissy — I’m glad you like it. It actually was a bigger job than I had anticipated. Not such “low fruit” after all!:)

  14. Hilary says:

    I think I know why hubby was laughing. (“she’s going to tell the world that she colour coordinated our books!”) I have to admit that they do look very good and the lamp was a perfect touch. I’m sorely lacking for good book space as computer-related things seem to take up my shelves.

    So now that you’re onto the closet.. colour-coordinated clothing? 😉

  15. Sandra says:

    Hilary — Well, that’s one idea about what Hubby was thinking. I was guessing his idea was, “I can’t believe she’s going to post on a subject she KNOWS SO LITTLE ABOUT! 🙂 (No honor in your own town, as they say.)

    When I clean the closet, I do do a little color coordinating, but my emphasis there is going to be ALOT LESS! I have business clothes I haven’t worn since I retired from the truck manufacturer 5 yrs. ago. Time for them to go!!

  16. Cheryl says:

    I am taking your lead with the spring cleaning — only!!! so spring will get here quicker!!!! Book case looks great!!

  17. Sandra says:

    Cheryl — You go, girl!

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