First, let's check in with the before, courtesy of that preview post:
|Note the poorly white-balanced photos due to an|
abundance of natural light. Daytime photography!
|Note the poorly white-balanced photos due to a|
lack of natural light. Nighttime photography!
Notice a difference? I do. I'm not 150% satisfied yet; I think there are a few tiny tweaks I'll want to do (like that horizontal gray book - The New Yorker Book of War Pieces, of course - that's unevenly balanced, for example), but that's being majorly nit-picky and I'm pretty satisfied.
For those who care about the ins and outs of this whole Bookshelf Reclamation 2014 Situation, I'll now explain the process in a lengthy photo essay. Feel free to jump down to the comments if you're not interested in the nitty gritty. Or watching the light change in our apartment, as this project took all day long.
|We begin our day with a "before" picture. The dining room|
table has been moved into the doorway for maximum ease
of bookshelf-clearing. Excuse that mistletoe hanging there.
|One shelf down, and a table full of books. How will the table|
possibly accommodate another shelf's worth of books?
|Two shelves down, and hey! It's not so much daytime|
anymore, is it? The table is heavy with books, and the
drum-case-seat is covered with photo albums.
Oh boy, what have I gotten myself into? Now I'm just tired.
|A pile of giveaway books and movies.|
Ended up filling three grocery bags.
Eventually, I took a little break so that I could look at the shelves with fresh eyes...and typing this is even a little bit embarrassing. Admittedly, I might have taken things a little too seriously, put a little too much pressure on myself to create The Most Perfectly Staged Bookshelves Ever. But like I said, I'm almost entirely pleased with the end result, so that's good. I like it more now then I did a week ago, and overall, I'm pretty satisfied. They look a million times better. And most importantly, books are sorted in a meaningful way, so no more frustrated searching high and low for a book that you just know is on the shelf somewhere omg where did we put it.
|Finished product! Why is the picture crooked? I don't know.|
The mistletoe is no longer hanging there, by the way.
|Can I get a "hell yeah" for this job?|
Oh, and I cleaned out the bins by the couch with several days to spare. February, you were a short month, and I was a little worried, but I have conquered you! Onward to March...wherein I focus on things like organizing the dressers and hanging a big ole mirror in the bedroom. YoCP Forevah.