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Old 10-16-2011, 08:41 AM   #1
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Damnit! I'm out of bookshelves again!

That despite clearing many out recently! I just can't resist those Amazon used books!

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Old 10-16-2011, 08:44 AM   #2
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I've been out of bookshelves for about 18 months. I've started trying to get the shelves to each hold 2 rows of hardcovers and in some cases stacking the books differently in an attempt to get more on the shelves. I've suggested to my wife that what I need to do is buy more bookshelves and place them in front of the current shelves, but she is refusing to go along with that scheme, and since she does the dusting and vacuuming of our library, I don't feel I can unilaterally override her opposition. Eventually I'll prevail because she'll get tired of dealing with stacks on the floor.
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:52 AM   #3
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I've been out of bookshelves for about 18 months. I've started trying to get the shelves to each hold 2 rows of hardcovers and in some cases stacking the books differently in an attempt to get more on the shelves. I've suggested to my wife that what I need to do is buy more bookshelves and place them in front of the current shelves, but she is refusing to go along with that scheme, and since she does the dusting and vacuuming of our library, I don't feel I can unilaterally override her opposition. Eventually I'll prevail because she'll get tired of dealing with stacks on the floor.
Already did that mostly....sometimes I think I need those high-density roll-out shelves like archive libraries use.

I've got books stacked by the couch/reading chair, in the basement and few other places.
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:27 PM   #4
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I've been double shelving & stacking on the carpet for years! Even after starting to clear out those tomes I now have in ebook form. I tell people that the stacks of books in the living room are "auxiliary" foot stools. The cats like them as perches!
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:32 PM   #5
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... The cats like them as perches!
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:38 PM   #6
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If you put a glass tabletop on top of the book stacks they become furniture. We have three tables built out of books in our house.
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:53 PM   #7
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If you put a glass tabletop on top of the book stacks they become furniture. We have three tables built out of books in our house.
Perfect, maybe I'll try that!
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Old 10-16-2011, 01:09 PM   #8
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I tell people that the stacks of books in the living room are "auxiliary" foot stools. The CHICKENS like them as perches!
Any problems with the eggs rolling off the perches?
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:06 PM   #9
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Any problems with the eggs rolling off the perches?
Now just stop that & get back to the Chicken Thread where you belong!
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:36 PM   #10
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we've got 2.5 5-shelf book cases stacked 2 deep with books and we've got a small apartment. theres plenty that i could still clear out but theres also plenty that id like to replace them with.
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:29 AM   #11
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We ran out of shelves 6 years ago. And bought a new house 5 years ago. Ok, the lounge still isn't finished, but once it is, I'll have more shelf space than I can ever fill!
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:48 AM   #12
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There's no point in owning inaccessible books.
  • Double-stacked books are inaccessible.
  • Books on bookshelves hidden behind other bookshelves are even more inaccessible.
  • Books used as furniture are inaccessible.
  • Books in storage boxes are inaccessible.
No, really. If you're in this situation, you have two only sensible options.
  1. Make more space for your books. E.g., dedicate a room to books and have it divided up into shelves and aisles so that you can access all your books.
  2. Get rid of the books you can't sensibly keep and access. Keep only ones with sentimental value, or that you haven't read yet. Especially get rid of any for which you have ebook editions.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:42 AM   #13
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I've found that nothing beats moving every two to three years to keep any collecting habits I might have under control. CDs, books, clothing, everything takes a beating when you evaluate the effort and cost to physically move something.

As pdurrant said, if it has no sentimental value and it isn't being used, it's gone. Gone I say. It's nice to have a wonderful collection of books, but how many can you say you would actually ever get around to re-reading?
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:25 PM   #14
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There's no point in owning inaccessible books.
  • Double-stacked books are inaccessible.
  • Books on bookshelves hidden behind other bookshelves are even more inaccessible.
  • Books used as furniture are inaccessible.
  • Books in storage boxes are inaccessible.
No, really. If you're in this situation, you have two only sensible options.
  1. Make more space for your books. E.g., dedicate a room to books and have it divided up into shelves and aisles so that you can access all your books.
  2. Get rid of the books you can't sensibly keep and access. Keep only ones with sentimental value, or that you haven't read yet. Especially get rid of any for which you have ebook editions.
^ This.

Also, having all the inaccessable books that pile up and likely never get read just means you're one step away from the next episode of Hoarders.
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:59 PM   #15
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