Tag: organization

How to Get Rid of Books

I know, I know – the cardinal sin. But sometimes you have books you don’t need. What about assigned reading you don’t need? All the different editions of Hamlet I had to buy sophomore year? What if the last book in the series is terrible and you want to get rid of all of them out of spite? Here’s some guidance for doing the impossible.

 

 

Give Them to Friends

 

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Sure, they might say “these are too heavy” and “why are you making me take all these”, but they’ll be glad you did later. I mean, you have good taste, your friends have good taste, what could go wrong?

Benefits – You can make them come over and take them, and you can talk about them together.

Downsides – If you didn’t like them, you probably don’t want to put your friends through that.

 

 

 

Sell Them

 

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Solve your hoarding problem (it’s not a problem if it’s BOOKS) and make some money to buy more books. You don’t have a problem. You have a fascinating hobby. Plus, nowadays, you can mail them in for free, like to Powell’s.

Pros: Money! Ease!

Cons: Having to type in every ISBN.

 

 

 

Donate Them

 

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Still have books left to get rid of? Donate them! You can donate books a ton of places, like thrift shops and libraries. You can put them on craigslist if you don’t want to carry them anywhere, or you can leave them in a Little Free Library.

Pros: Quick and easy.

Cons: Will they be read and appreciated?

 

 

 

You Did It!

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Look how organized your shelves magically became! And all because you passed on some books you hadn’t touched in ten years (@myself). Ok, you might have to actually do the organizing too. But now you’ll only be organizing books you really love!

 

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Seven Inspiring Home Libraries

Do your elaborate fantasies all center around the ornate home library you’ll someday build? Do you need some inspo? We’ve got your back, because we’ve been thinking about the same thing basically non-stop. It’s our only dream. Here are some good photos to get you hype.

1. Traditional

Traditional Reading Space

Image via Trendir

 

Do you have a spiral staircase? Someone must. Take advantage by making your home library look like an Austin novel with wood paneling, bare windows, and some varyingly aesthetic antique furniture. Perfect for taking a turn about the room—or the stacks.

 

 

2. Modern

Modern Reading Space
Image via The Spruce

 

Your style more modern? Those chairs look perfect for a long book melt, and the ladder is a great take on classic library design. Plus all your art books will pop against the white shelving. Just be sure not to spill your tea on anything.

 

 

3. Minimalist

Minimalist Reading Space
Image via Trendir

 

Keep it simple and straightforward with shelves and a seating arrangement. The antique, almost industrial windows don’t hurt, adding some sparse flare. This one is easy to achieve, since all you have to do is get rid of most of the furniture.

 

 

4. For Two-Story Spaces

Two Story Reading Space
Omage via Luxe Daily

 

One level simply not enough for your enormous collection? #goals. This walkway looks almost like a fire escape, and between that and the variously glossy greys on the first floor, this whole room evokes a kind of urban elegance, even with trees out the window.

 

 

5. For Small Spaces

Small Reading Space
Image via Bustle

 

Sometimes you’ve not got a huge room to dedicate to your library, but don’t let that slow you down. This reading nook is perfect for compact spaces, taking advantage of storage under the seating, and making the chaise a feature so it hardly matters the ceiling is so low.

 

 

6. For Houses

 Reading Space for Houses
Image via Design Sponge

 

Have a room for your library that you also need to function? This is the perfect blend of library and sitting room, emphasizing comfort, books, and the outdoors, it’s an effective mixed use space that also makes room for what’s important—books.

 

 

7. For Apartments

    Apartment Reading Space
Image via Pintrest

 

You don’t have to have grand windows and big empty spaces to make a modern home library. Even if your apartment is underground, a bunch of soft lights and plush details can make a cozy and stylish reading feature just as well as any other style.

 

 

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