I am approaching my final days in Hawaii – which is a bit of a bittersweet reality. It’s sort of a welcome change because I’m starting to miss my friends back home (not to mention access to bookstores; seriously people on this island don’t read) and I have a lot to do before classes resume on the 20th, but it’s also sort of tragic because I’ve really started to love this place and leaving will be difficult.
Before I get all weepy on you, let’s get to the real reason for this post. Whilst on Maui, I’ve been hauling all of my books (that I brought) around in a canvas tote bag with Shakespeare’s face on the front. I know, I’m the coolest kid ever. But when I get home, I’m going to have to move all my books from one location to another. If this doesn’t sound like an ordeal to you, you’re probably one of those people who keeps all their books on a Kindle.
Here’s the thing about books: they’re perfect and magical and my favorite things ever, but they’re also heavy and take up a lot of space. However, for someone like me owning books is worth the hassle of lugging them around every time I move. So as we approach the end-of-summer moving season, here I am to give you some ideas for alternative book storage. If you’re anything like me, you ran out of shelf space a long time ago.
1. Milk Crates
These are cheap and easy to find. They’re sturdy, and you can stack them in a million different ways. Not to mention, they have good strong handles which makes them perfect for transporting your library, too.
2. Wine Crates
Basically the same idea as milk crates and they look nicer. You can sometimes buy these for like five bucks apiece at wine stores. They’re pretty and rustic and can be stacked and carried. Nice-looking and durable. Good combination.
Some people see a small stepladder, I see a three-tier bookshelf. These don’t take up much space, can double as end tables and hold more books than you’d think. If you happen to have several full-size ladders lying around, you can also try the thing pictured above.
4. Good Old-Fashioned Bookends
If you have bookends, literally any flat surface serve as a bookshelf. You don’t even have to buy them because bookends are also super easy to make. Find a brick. Done (though they might not be as badass as the ones above). One Christmas I got like three sets of bookends (people know me so well). I use all of them.
Stairs are a great place to stack books, so long as you leave people enough room to walk.
Need more ideas? Try this link. Have ideas of your own? Feel free to share.