How I organise my library books

This is a really simple system that works very well for me with regard to my library books… and best of all, it keeps my bedside table uncluttered.

Here’s my thought process for deciding which ones to get from the library and which to buy.


First, let me introduce you to my library bag. I bought this bag in Melbourne, Australia for $5 when we visited in 2004. By the way, my favourite type of souvenir to buy when we travel are “real things” that I will actually use back in my real life when I’m home.

So, this bag is denim on the outside with a little pocket for our library cards (mine and the kids’ cards) and best, it has a lovely pink floral print on the inside. It feels special because that’s a nice, little surprise.

It has leather handles so it’s hard-wearing and is the perfect size for four fat library books. I’m on a membership that is free but you can only take out 4 books every 3 weeks. I love organising boundaries so this suits me beautifully.


Anyway, when I get home from the library, I empty the bag and pack the books on this magazine rack. From this photo, it seems I’d already taken one book to my bedside table. The books on the other side of the rack were books I bought at a library book sale for R10 each.


As I complete reading a book, my process is to mark it complete on Goodreads (link on top of sidebar —> ) and return it to the denim bag.

When it’s library week, I just grab the bag and the one I’m usually still reading on my bedside table, and go!


Do you have a system for the library? Care to share?

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