Bookworm Problems: Storage, because there are never enough bookcases

#BookwormProblems Bookworm Problems -It’s fairly obvious, isn’t it? If you love books, you probably own a lot of them. Which means you’ve either got storage problems, or a way bigger house than I do, or you’ve limited yourself to electronic ones only.

I’m a bit too embarassed to say just how many bookcases I have in this house, so let’s just say: it’s a lot. And my book collection is just one reason my husband wants us to never move houses again.

In recent years our books have mostly increased thanks to buying kids’ books and homeschool materials – I buy very few for myself that aren’t electronic, although I do make an exception for cookbooks. Those I prefer to have a physical copy! I think my “real” book purchases are probably about 20 a year, which might seem like a lot to some, but is down quite a bit from years P.C. (that would be pre-children).

But we’re using a book-intensive homeschool program, and limiting my book buying to mostly children’s materials isn’t helping all that much. If we keep this up, I’m not even sure how or where we’ll fit everything in another year or two. Add in me trying to keep track of everything for the younger kid coming along later and I may lose my mind.

Anyone ready to share how many book cases they have? I’ll admit to having 4 of varying sizes in my closet/office, plus one part of the closet has shelves installed and I’ve got books on the bottom shelf there. And yes, that’s just in one part of the house, and it’s why if you come over it might not initially look like we have that many books in our house. Most of them are in non-public areas. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. We have eight big bookcases plus four other shelves of books (on desks, in the kitchen for cookbooks, etc.) and books randomly strewn about many other surfaces. And our oldest isn’t even two yet. It really is a problem!

    • I find myself eyeing spaces in the house and thinking: I could put a big bookcase there; that would work! I can’t imagine my husband’s reaction if I tell him I need MORE bookcases, but give us another year or two of Sonlight and we will, unless I’m willing to pack away the cores we’re not currently using into the basement. But then I worry about them getting ruined – what if we get water in the basement? It makes me nervous…

      And I love your comment about “books randomly strewn about many other surfaces.” My house resembles that remark. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. We have shelves or stacks of books in every single room of the house – 9 actual bookcases, plus an entire wall of built-in bookshelves in hubby’s office, plus other random stacks throughout the house. And we severely limit buying physical copies. Of course, many of those books are timeless resources and study tools that we need for ministry purposes. I can’t even imagine adding homeschooling books to the mix! We’re already stressing about moving all our books… and that’s probably 2 years away!

    • Theology seems like one of those areas of study that always results in lots of books. (History and literature are two others that come to mind) ๐Ÿ™‚

      Moving books is the #1 thing I don’t like about them.

  3. Hm, the back wall of my office is entirely bookcases, we have a very large IKEA bookcase that fills up most of the wall in the breakfast/school room (and we are only a few years in and mostly use the library for school reading!), each kid has at least one bookcase in his or her room, we have a couch-length bookcase in the basement full of picture books, plus other picture books that don’t fit there stacked up on some other bookcases that are meant to hold toys…and my husband’s office has two more tall bookcases. Then there are the boxes of homeschool books we aren’t using yet, box of music books we aren’t currently using, and box of Christmas books only brought out seasonally from the basement storage room. Oh, and there are cookbooks on the shelves in the pantry. I think that’s it, but I could be wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I love your school room bookcase, and keep trying to think how I could replicate it in my house. I don’t think I’ve got room for it though.

      I pulled out the box of Christmas books today – trying to remember what we have, and think about additional titles I’d like to look for!

  4. Just went through the house and counted 22 bookcases of various shapes and sizes. Thankfully, we live in an old house (my husband’s grandmother’s house) and he and I both care for books far more than decor. Several of them are beautiful floor-to-ceiling wooden shelves built into the wall (love that). Sadly, I still don’t have enough shelf room for the endless stacks of library books, so those usually end up on the corner of the hearthstone, in piles in my bedroom, or stacked on the back of the piano. I feel ya – so many books, so little time, so little space for storage. Just don’t ask me to inventory every book in the house – that would be a real nightmare job.

    • That’s an impressive number of bookcases. And I won’t ask you to inventory your books as long as you don’t ask me to inventory mine!

  5. I moved last year from MT to ID with my 425+ books and had to buy all new bookshelves (luckily I have a library room) and that’s probably what sold me on the ereader thing. I have two 5-shelf and 4 three-shelf bookcases, and could probably use another tall one. I like to display my favorites a certain way, and don’t have enough room to show them off just yet.

  6. We have somewhere around 1300 books I think. The last time I counted was when we moved. And for a while we were higher, all the shelves were overflowing and I had piles on the floor. But a couple of months ago I traded a bunch back in, and things fit on the shelves again. ๐Ÿ™‚

    (Oh, and it’s 3 six-shelf cases, and 2 four-shelf cases, and a three-shelf case, and a few assorted piles on the desk.) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I have no idea how many books we have, but I’ll keep your totals in mind if we ever move again. That way I can point out to my husband that I’m not the only one with huge totals of books. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Thanks for linking up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. This is totally me. I’ve got a two bedroom apartment, so book storage is an ongoing problem. Right now, we only have one bookcase, which means books are currently being stored in Rubbermaid containers, living room drawers, and oh-so-discrete stacks on the floor. We also have a bunch under the bed. Luckily, my father-in-law got a hold of some scrap wood and is building us a great big bookcase! SO EXCITED.


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