As promised, here is part 2 of my quilt room organization plan…after this, I’m done. There may be more to do but this is enough organization for now….. 🙂
Last week I shared how I organized my fabric scraps ( you can read that post here) in my new space. My old system really wasn’t working so it was time to try something new. I am really hopeful that my new system will work out well, but I will have to let you know.
As well as fabrics, I also own an insane amount of quilt BOOKS. I can’t help myself…I just love books. Books of any kind really, and they do like to take over our house, but books are a pretty good thing to have too many of in my humble opinion.
I don’t know why I decided that I should organize my quilt books, but I figured it can’t hurt so why not? Of course, the smart thing to do would have been to organize my books before I moved them so I could have placed them in the right spot right away, but I was so excited to move in, that I decided to leave it till later.
I decided to organize my books by theme. So I wrote out pieces of paper with themes on them and laid them around my room on the floor. And then I started pulling my books off the shelves and ordering them on the correct piles. This took a while, I will tell you!
These are some of the themes I decided to divide my books in: Paper piecing, Organizing, Modern, Historical, Christmas/Winter, Embroidery, Applique, Reference, and Scrappy.
As I was making my piles, I would realize that I had a number of books on a certain theme and so I would add a category. In the end I ended up with 19 categories. Some books were really easy to classify and others could have gone into more than one category, but I placed them where I would be more likely to look for them. I added a Miscellaneous category for those books that I really felt didn’t fit in any of my other categories and that pile really didn’t end up too big, so I am happy about that! If I had a large-ish number of books by a certain author ( *ahem* Lori Holt, Kim Diehl) I gave them their own category as well.
This was also a great time to purge some books that I wasn’t interested in any longer. So I made a pile to either sell or donate. Having this huge number of books I was a little worried about finding double or even triple copies, but in the end I only found 1 double…pretty good, don’t you agree?
When I had all my books sorted, I printed off my categories and organized all my books on my shelves and taped the titles underneath. Now I can hopefully find a certain book pretty quickly, but at least I don’t have to look through every one of them!
If you want to know exactly what categories I used in my book organization you can check out my link here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zv6xvmldmBrOO-fONWQlu38SBeFI1Pf4cxdOzZJeoVQ/edit?usp=sharing. One category you may find odd is my “foreign” one. I have quite a collection of quilt books written by people from Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Australia…I love the different vibe they have and am always adding those to my collection. So I wanted to give those books their very own category, even though they could have been added to existing( and more common) categories. So now if I’m looking for a book by Sarah Fielke or Anni Downs, I know to go straight to my “foreign” section.
One additional note: I own a LARGE number of little mini skinnies ( very skinny quilt books that easily get lost in between the bigger ones). I decided to put all them together on a different bookshelf, no matter what the theme. This way I won’t lose them and they are easier to find and pull out.
Well, there you have it. I am just amazing myself with all this productivity and organizing…let’s hope it really makes a difference!
Okay, now for the fun part! As I mentioned earlier, I found one double book among my collection that I would like to give away to one of you! I’m sure it has been opened, but it looks brand spanking new so I thought it would make a nice give away!
Leave me a comment on this post and I will randomly choose a name from all the comments and send that person this book ( I happily send overseas so everyone please feel free to comment).
Until next time~happy creating!