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?

Bookshelves – before and after

These bookshelves were driving me nuts.

Mostly they stay organised but as I remove books to reference something and quickly just put them back (while the light is off as this is actually the kids’ bedroom), they start looking horrible.



I’d planned to attack these shelves a few weeks before I did but, as you know, things come up. And this is a project where I needed the kids out of the way.

So one Saturday when Dion took them to their swimming lesson, I was ready. I had exactly 45 – 50 minutes to get this done as the swimming teacher lives less than 5 minutes’ drive from our place and the lessons are 30 minutes long.

I cleared off each shelf, dusted and cleaned, and let the shelf dry while I sorted and organised. So satisfying!

The shelves stayed the same with all the unread books on the bottom section (the idea is that seeing them will motivate me to actually read them…) but this time I rearranged them by colour, just for fun!


Lovely and neat shelves again!

Even those men are doing the happy dance 🙂

I’m still on my mission to clear most of my physical books.

To date, I have these three shelves plus one other which has 6 unread fiction (my goal is to get all of those read this year) and a ton of non-fiction.

Are you still collecting physical books?

PS I realised this weekend that on Friday I’ll have owned my Kindle for THREE years (best decision ever) so look out for my post on my Kindle 🙂

{Mission} Declutter physical books

One of my goals for the past couple of years has been to declutter my physical books by reading and then passing them on.

It’s far too easy to just buy Kindle books (one-click purchasing, anyone?) and not bother to get through the physical books on the bookshelf.

I first got my original 7 shelves of books down to 4 shelves by selling some, giving some away and donating some.

Remember my goal is to only keep books that are an 8 or a 9 out of 10.

Last year I did really well and read 20 physical books out of 67 books total. Two were gifted to me though so only 18 went from my bookshelf.

I checked on the weekend and I see I only have 7 physical FICTION books left – yay! This year, I’ll definitely get through all of those but I also want to see if I can get to 20 again (stretch goal 24).

Regardless, my goal is to get those 4 shelves down to 3 total. I can certainly let go of some of the older non-fiction books.

Do you prefer reading physical or e-books?

How many books do you have on your bookshelf?

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