If your shelves are where you dump odd bits of paper (while they're waiting to be filed of course), or periodicals, or nick-nacs, or the multitude of kids stuff brought home from parties and school that you don't know what to do with; well you may try to ignore them as a matter of course. I have some news for you… they don't have to be this way.
I won't lie to you. I am a natural organiser. My old school friends still tease me about my neat freak habits and it was always a source of amusement to my house mates that my books were in height order, often grouped by subject. I like order. Over the years this has developed into a discerning appreciation for beautifully arranged shelves. Bella has inherited this sense of 'everything has a place' from me. She rearranges her teddies before bedtime and woe betide the miscreant who has a paw out of place.
My sister noted, the last time she visited that I was the only person she knows who arranges their books by colour. To me it is a natural progression. I organise my wardrobe by item and then by colour so when I slide open the floor to ceiling height doors I am greeted by a rainbow of clothes. It makes dressing simpler and is wonderfully easy on the eye. So I decided to do the same with my books. It makes me smile, it's the literary equivalent of a colour wheel.
Raw oak shelf ladder by Garden Trading
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