I got it into my head that I wanted to organize my books from a hoarder’s nest into a pretty awesome home library. I have done some other pretty cool organizational work with other parts of my home. So, I began looking into my options.
Adam, my husband, suggested a color coded system based upon subject matter. Hmmm. not so bad, but what happens in 20 years when we forgot that the combo or red/orange/black is the crochet how-to books and not the auto maintenance section? Well before I go any further, let me give you some before shots so that you can understand my pain.
That is my wall of books. To the left of this is the television and all that goes with a hopelessly outdated and extremely large T.V. set.
How funny, I hate that thing so much, I refuse to capture it on camera. To the right is a bench that used to be piled HIGH with books. Here it is after their removal for classification. Notice the dust. You can’t dust very well with hoarder clutter.
The task was monumental and I spent a lot of time contemplating my goals and needs. I needed a good system of classification that lent itself to being expanded. I mean, people like me don’t just stop buying books, especially considering the Great Data Loss of 2030 (See Mitchell, Bone Clocks). At any rate, I also wanted a system that I felt comfortable with in a deep gooey way.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, when my mother and me were syncing brains…as we do every morning, she suggested the Dewey Decimal System. I thought about it and thought some more and it began making sense. This system was perfect for organizing this insane book collection and it can work great to organize your home library, too.
I found a site that will give you the Dewey Decimal Classification number with either the name of the book or the ISBN. Here is a link for your purposes.
I started from the left side of the wall and began dragging piles of books to the computer to be organized. I found their number and made easy tags. I just did it in Microsoft Windows. I made the page into three columns and listed the number and the first three letters of the author’s last name. Then I cut them out, like this.
It got really dicey after a while. The piles grew and grew. Plus, there was all sorts of other garbage we took to Good Will or threw away. It was definitely darkest before the storm in my home library. After 2 1/2 weeks of books exploded across my living room, the morning has dawned. At 1:55 P.M. PST, on April 27, 2015, the books were done. Here is how it turned out.
Now, all the extra crap we took out of the book shelves needs a home. Stay tuned for more as I find ingenious ways to organize the hall and linen closets.