We’ve all been there, browsing tumblr or scrolling through our twitter feeds. Innocently going about our days, when suddenly we stumble across the most gorgeous bookshelf set-up to EVER grace our internet. Cue the jealousy demon, all red-eyes and dramatic turmoil–complete with annoying, heavy sighs.
How, we find ourselves asking, can I get MY shelves to look like that?! What must I do, book gods; what must I sacrifice?!
Immediately after which, we spend an INSANE amount of time–eight hours, three weeks, so long we forget when we even started this crazy project and when was the last time we ate?!–completely and utterly FAILING to replicate the gorgeousness that was those shelves.
What, OH WHAT, is a book penguin to do?!?!
Well, worry no longer! Allow me to introduce you to
Don’t. Buy. Books
I mean, this is obviously the easiest solution. You don’t have to stress about how to organize your bookshelves if you don’t have BOOKS to put in them! So go out, buy whatever style bookcase you want (there are some gooooorgeous ones, if you’re brave enough to look!)…
And then tell everybody they’re statement pieces. Give them long, artsy titles if you’d like–circa This Is Just To Say That We, In General As People, Own Too Much Stuff And Not Enough Space, So I’m Collecting It Here. It’s a mouthful, but it works.
Alternatively, you could fill your shelves with things NOT books. Need more closet space because your wonderful significant other has FINALLY decided to move in?! Bookshelves. Have a growing collection of Funko! Pops and no place to put them? Bookshelves. Developed a strange obsession for all things penguin and want to show them off (and, possibly, traumatize your guests?) BOOKSHELVES!
See, problem solved!
Switch it Up
And by this, I mean every shelf is different, because we aren’t confused enough already. Maybe the top shelf will be a book spine rainbow, the middle dedicated to that one author who for some reason FAR out numbers all the other authors even if they’re maybe no longer your FAVORITE author…and the bottom to all the pretty covers of ever! Pick a system–pick several! Switch it up!
Forget remembering where certain books are–and penguins help you if you need to pull something off the shelves! There’s no taking it back once it’s organized, so don’t even THINK about it dude.
Also, book avalanches? Are a thing. And they HURT. So pull gently, if you pull at all.
Don’t Shelve ANY of Them
Better yet, get rid of your shelves completely! You have plenty of unused floor space, right?! Start stacking! I recommend starting with books inching up one wall, and then expanding (like skin fungus!) from there.
Make yourself a maze of spines and release your guests/family to the chaos like lab rats solving puzzles for cheese. I mean, you don’t HAVE to give them cheese…you could use Twizzlers, or more books! But some incentive is probably a good idea, otherwise people start to smell a bit funky.
Running out of room?! No problem! Just dump aaaaaaaaaall the pretties on the floor and learn how to swim. It’s just like a ball pit, really…except with books! So, you know, watch the sharp edges, and try not to belly flop–I can’t imagine belly paper cuts feel good.
And there you go! Three (possibly just slightly insane) ideas on saving yourself the hassle of bookshelf organization! Because who has TIME to figure out a cleaner way to do this shizz, right? Penguins knows I don’t.
What do you guys think of these genius suggestions? Would you ever (or do you already) employ any of them?
(If I’m being 100% honest…we have a whole bookcase worth of books stacked on our dining room table right now, because two bookshelves totally stuffed to the brim does not a lot more room left make). Feel free to share your thoughts/comments in the down-below, please!
Until next time, happy book-ing!