Ah…the books and shelves are in harmony once more.
No more double stacking…okay…very little double stacking.
Every book earning a space on the shelves…okay…most of them are worthy but not all.
Two full boot loads…that’s station wagon boot loads!…have left my house for new homes.
And three Dyson canisters full of dust have been vacuumed from the house…books equal dust you know.
I thought I’d give you the bookshelf tour through my house…now that it’s in almost prime condition…nothing is ever perfect you know.
So welcome to my front entry hall. To your right as you stand with your back to my door, you’ll see the first bookcase. This is also the last to be built by my Father-in-law.
It’s finally full of books….well almost. I’d been holding off filling it as I wanted to catalog them all first but let’s face it, that just wasn’t going to happen any time soon.
So this is what my front hall bookshelf holds.
As you enter our home you’ll know that we have children, are Christian and homeschool so if you’re terrified at this point you won’t be too far from the door and can make a quick getaway if necessary. Hehehehe.
Alternatively, if you’ve spent the morning or afternoon sipping cups of tea with me, while your children play with mine, then this shelf is the last you’ll visit on your way home, making it convenient for “borrow browsing”.
Now a little way further into the house and we’ll turn right into our study.
This shelf was purpose built for this house. If we ever leave this shelf would have to stay as it just won’t fit through the doorways. Meaning of course that I’ll have to stay forever as I can’t leave behind a family member!
It sits right behind me as a type this and it is rather massive.
Yes I need a ladder to reach the top two shelves. But then again I’m short…merely 5 foot.
Here’s what lives in our study bookshelf.
(Yes I let Hubby keep a few of his books. But two whole shelves worth! Can you see the double stacking here? I wasn’t prepared to “waste” a third. Hehehehe. Luckily he’s a lot like me and he loves children’s literature as much as the rest of the family.)
Okay, back out of the study. The afternoon sun is starting to heat up that room.
Now you’re in the lounge room.
Over to the left you can see that wasted wall where the tv is. Maybe one day…..
Hubby said over his dead body. 😦
This shelf was built in our last house and was not wanted by the new owner. Can you believe it?!! They asked us to remove it. I was over the moon…and terribly sorry for them at the same time.
Lucky we didn’t build that one too large.
Living in the lounge are the following categories of books:
(Yes it does say “Horrible Histories” Magazines. No I don’t like them but I paid a fortune for the series before I was wiser. Now I’m struggling with throwing them out. Surely there is a purpose for them. I keep looking at them trying to find one. None yet! Guilt is issue here. I just need time to forgive myself. I’ll keep your informed of my progress.)
Further down this hall you can see the entrance to the homeschool area. It needed some TLC today but I don’t think it’s going to get it. After my big clean yesterday and with the sweltering heat today…it’s not high on my list of priorities.
Okay now you’re in the homeschool area. It’s technically our family room or rompus area. It’s big enough for both purposes.
Notice that’s it’s a mess too.
What do you mean you can’t see it?
Look closely. See?!
If the mess is making you tear up turn to your left. The sight is much more serene over there
…only because I hustled a child to pick up their squash racquets and balls (which they were playing GOLF with) and move out of my shot. Hehehehe.
This is the shelf to the left of our reading couch and all that it contains.
This shelf was cleaned out at the beginning of the year. I noticed when I was adding labels that the “Character Stories” shelf has a hodge-podge of stuff in it. I’ll have to deal with that now that real homes have been located for everything.
And this is the bookshelf to the right of the reading couch.
(We keep our globe within arm’s length when we read so we can always look up locations as we read about them. There’s also a wall map next to the other chair so we’re never too far away from the world.)
Oh yes, the “Books to Reshelve” box. Well the boy can certainly return their own books but when the shelves are full it’s hard work to find a space. Little boys are always in a hurry and if I rushed them to put the books back I’m sure books would be damaged or probably left on the floor or chair. So I started the “reshelving box”. The boys have to return the books to the box and once it’s almost full we work together on the chore of returning them to the shelf. When the shelves are a little less full it’ll be much easier to put them back as we go but for the moment this works for us.
Well that’s the end of our book tour.
I could show you Ethan’s shelf but it’s just full of computer programming books (yawn, snore, boring 🙂 Hehehe). Actually hubby and I were discussing Ethan’s need for a bigger shelf to house his growing collection of personal books. And since there was no culling of this shelf…Ethan would have killed me…there’s no point in showing it to you. Plus his bedroom is probably…highly likely…messy.
So best to end the shelf tour here. Hope your enjoyed yourself. Please close the front door behind you…and quickly so as not to let the air conditioned chill out. 🙂