Since moving into my place two years ago, my book collection has expanded by completely unanticipated volume. Sure, I’ve always been a voracious reader, and the number of shopping bags filled with books outnumbered all other bags and boxes when I settled into my place. Even so, I quickly realized that my book-buying habits were literally going to kick me out of house and home as I had soon filled every square inch of bookshelf space. Two years and two new bookshelves later, and I’ve officially run out of room once again.
Surely I’m not the only one to have experienced this problem, and so I ask you: What do you do about the bookshelf problem? Do you struggle to cram yet one more book into a tight space (while keeping everything artfully arranged, of course)? Do you buy more bookshelves and hope that they fit into your apartment? Do you store them in the closet or in a storage box under the bed? Do you construct leaning towers of prose in crooks and corners like in college? Or do you simply avoid the problem altogether by selling your books or giving them away?
Personally, I can’t bear to get rid of a book unless I absolutely loathe it. Chances are, your book will have to garner a one-star rating from me before I decide to dump it. Sometimes, even if I hate a book, I have to hold on to it anyway to complete an author or series collection. Likewise, I hate the thought of shoving a book away in a closet like an unloved toy; I might not be planning on rereading a book for years, yet I like to have it visually accessible as a reminder of where I’ve traveled. Books are obviously the focal point of my design schemes, and so I have to find some way to accommodate my ever-increasing collection.
For all my fellow compulsive readers out there; any tips? How do you handle your own book collections? Any space-saving storage techniques I should know about?