I've been wanting to clean off my bookshelf for a while, and I finally tackled it! It seems that when I don't keep this area clean, I get those silverfish around my books - and since they are book-eating bugs, I don't want them anywhere near this shelf! I have killed a couple of those pesky things recently, so I decided that this was the time to get this baby cleaned and organized. Behold, some before pictures:
These shelves easily become a catch-all place! They clutter up so badly! I took just about everything off and started over. You know what? I have a lot of books. Like, a lot a lot of books.
Things were not looking too pretty at this point! I figured out what I wanted to go back on the shelf, purged out a few of the books to donate, and then pulled out the shelf from the wall and cleaned behind it good. After dusting off the shelves, I was ready to do some organizing...but first, a prettification was in order!
As you can see in the last picture, I used cereal boxes to boost up some smaller books in the back, allowing me to have two rows of books on that shelf while still being able to see each selection. I had gotten a little tired, however, of staring at the Nutrition Facts! I grabbed some pretty paper that would tie in with my color scheme for the room (purple, and this has pops of greens which I love) and covered the boxes.
Then they were ready to be filled! I love the pop of color that ties in with the rest of the room, and you'd never know they were old cereal boxes!
When I added the front row of books, I left a gap so that I can still see that pretty paper. :)
That wasn't the only pretty addition I wanted to make, however. On top of the bookshelf is a small caddy of drawers that holds various office supplies like paper clips, stapler, etc. I grabbed some more pretty paper and lined the drawers!
The colors exactly match the paper I used on the cereal boxes, ohhappyday, but the stripes and dots give even more visual appeal. I just traced one of the drawers on the back of my paper, trimmed it down to size, and popped it in! I probably should have covered the paper with a protectant such as a spray sealer, but I didn't take the time for that. We'll see how they hold up!
Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Are you ready for the after?
Its not an outrageously glamorous project, but it makes a huge difference when the area looks neater and less cluttered. I also tried to "face" the books, or keep them close to the front edge of the shelf so I will be less tempted to shove junk there. :) Oh, and did you notice some of my cute tins that I mentioned in this post? Yup, they are on display there, too. I love how this shelf came out - I had just a few books that I needed to put in front, so I made it a neat 3 layer-type of effect:
I am loving the change it makes in my small space, as well as the pops of color I've been able to include! I have big plans for these shelves, once it is warm enough to take it outside and do some work to it, so we will see how this space evolves over the next few months! For now, I am just going to smile at the colorful changes and go read a book.
How do you work to add color and life to otherwise "normal" or "boring" areas? Have you been "prettifying" anything lately? Whose ready for the colors and smells of spring? I am!