The, time-limited "Impossible Task" I introduced last week has been a little difficult! Not that the "impossible" wouldn't or shouldn't be expected to be...
|Can't have snow without taking a|
break to enjoy it!
Add to that we are trying to refinance, and the appraiser was due here at 11 AM last Wednesday, so there was lots of cleaning and projects underway for days before. But he couldn't make it here that day, and finally called to let me know 2 1/2 hours after the appointed time. He rescheduled for 11 AM Friday (so the troops dove in to house-neatening again), but called, at least early that time, saying he still couldn't get here, and rescheduled for 1 PM today.
--Today, during yet another bout of industrious spiffing, he forgot that we'd agreed on a later hour, and showed up at 11. :-/
Anyway, I have managed to continue to make progress, and still plan to have my home library complete for sharing, on time, next week.
|Shelves on the |
back wall housed (& hid) books of all types
I researched home libraries on the internet and came across Organizing Books - How to Organize a Library on GoodHousekeeping.com. GH can be a great resource for home-related issues, but not as much this time. I didn't find the suggestion to consider organizing all of our books by color or alphabetically to be of much help, and they didn't offer any suggestions about how to organize by their 3rd suggest method, genre... So I moved on to consideration of a more official system.
At first, I thought I'd probably 'go big.' and would label and organize like our local library, using the Dewey Decimal system. In researching that, I found that some people prefer the Library of Congress system, of which I had heard, but was unfamiliar. I printed out the categories for both and compared. Dewey has a smaller number of categories to help separate things, but was more familiar. Both seemed too complex for our needs, and I had other things I needed to consider, such as having most-often used books within a reasonable reach in a unit that's almost 9 feet tall.
I ended up grouping books into sections that would work for us, and placing them in an order that seemed the most natural for how we'd need and view them.
As a result, here are our categories (and sub-categories) I decided on, and the approximate sequence. I flexed and adjusted as I loaded the shelves :
- Bible and Bible-related (devotionals, commentaries, children's Bibles)
- Homeschooling (guides, references)
- Language Arts (reading, handwriting, grammar, writing, vocabulary)
- Math (early, general, algebra, geometry, business & practical arts-related)
- Science (general, earth, biology [humans, animals, plants], physics, engineering)
- Pacific NW
- Antique Books and Classics They don't necessarily fit the sequence, but they provide an attractive focal point in the upper center section.
- Art (history, painting, drawing, drafting)
- Home Decor
- Foreign Languages
- Textiles and Sewing
- Fiction (picture books, early readers, young adult, adult)