don’t knock it till you try it.
Not that long ago I shared in a post that I really don’t care for the trend of sorting books according to color. And technically I still have to say that I don’t. However.
Since we have our house on the market and are in the process of getting ready to move I have started packing a bunch of stuff away in an effort to better stage the house. “Depersonalize it!” as my friend, Regina, says. I just figure the less clutter a buyer has to look over to see the house the better. So while I was cleaning out the bookcases I decided to give the color method a try. Just for fun. A kind of don’t knock it till you try it experiment to see what all the fuss is about.
First I culled out every paperback keeping only the nice hard bound books. Then I removed all the dust jackets (carefully folding them and packing them flat just in case I ever want to use them again.) and sorted them in piles of color. Then I started to replace them on the shelves. This took a bit of time because exactly what I predicted would happen in my original post happened. I became a bit anal about the whole thing. Half-way through I began muttering about opening a can of worms and my husband just chuckled and shook his head. He did not get involved. He is a smart man. Sorting by color is not as easy as it looks if you are like me. But over the course of a couple days of fiddling around with it I finally got it worked out in a way I could live with.
And I have to admit. Just to look at, I actually do like it. Just to look at. But please don’t ask me to find a book. I wouldn’t know where to begin. And please, please don’t bring up the fact that I only have 2 yellow books because it is driving me crazy! And no, I will not be styling my book cases like this ever again in the future. But hey, at least now I can say I tried it.
One thing that I did learn and will use in the future is that I like less books per shelf. Here is a pathetic before picture.
And after…big difference, huh?! The open uncluttered look feels so good. I’m digging it in the rest of my house too. Perhaps I’m turning into a minimalist? Nah! But the whole less-is-more idea is definitely sticking with me.