My books aren’t precisely arranged quite as I’d like, in large part because, well, books come in different sizes. Â As do shelves.
Most of my smaller books are on one shelf of the barrister, or lawyer’s bookcase, in the dining room. Â This is a piece we actually got at an antique store — the only furniture we’ve gotten from an antique store, I think. Â You can find them on Craigslist as well. Â We just didn’t when we were looking for this one.
The larger books are in the English Arts & Crafts bookcase in the dining nook. Â This is a piece we found on Craigslist; Â you can read about that here. Â I originally stored most of my hardbacks in it (those have since been dramatically downsized, and the remainder live in a bookcase in our bedroom). Â You can see a pic of the bookcase here, when I used it for just yarn. Â Now it holds personal yarn and books.
I do try to sort my books by categories: Â aran/cables, stranded, mittens/gloves, socks, pattern books, designing books, stitch dictionaries, and so on. Â I can generally easily find what I’m looking for, thought they do get a bit out of order.
(In fact, I’m itching to or ganize them. Â Today. Â Which is one way I procrastinate from doing other things. Â Must resist.)
I try to keep my Ravelry library up to date, though I’m a little behind. Â It’d be nice if they included stitch dictionaries in general.
(MUST RESIST urge to reorganize and catalog the library!)
Magazines? Â stored in the cat’s bedroom, in the closed cabinet portion of some IKEA Ivar book cases. Â I got my original Ivar bookcase in Germany. Â It’s very functional. Â Over the years we picked up a couple more additions to it. Â It’s a useful system. Â Not sure if I can say much more about Ivar. Â It is very functional.
Ebooks? Â In one file folder on Dropbox & also periodically backed up to the H drive (external hard drive) on the desktop. Â I also have most of them on my iPad. I don’t have enough, yet, to make subfolders.
Do you have a system for your books?
Here are all the posts in the series:
Project Organization: Â Introduction
Project Organization: Â Overview
Project Organization: Â The Stash (Design Yarn)
Project Organization: The Stash (PersonalYarn)
Project Organization: Â Knitting Books
Project Organization: Â Knitting Tools
Project Organization: Â The Business of Knitting