These animal dividers could be a fun way to indicate the beginning and end of book categories. They are available in sets which include the head and tail of the animal of your choice: giraffe, reindeer, or pig.
First Organizing Quote of the Month
I take on too many responsibilities. I’m bad at saying no, and good at overwhelming myself and then not getting anything done. ...
So here’s what I’ve learned: quit. Anything you possibly can, quit. We do so many things that don’t add any value to our lives or anyone else’s, and those things get in the way of that which is actually worthwhile. My favorite example is reading a book - if it’s bad, we still tend to finish it just because we’ve already invested time in it. Why not cut our losses, stop reading, and spend that time reading a better book? Being a quitter is not a bad thing - it’s a smart thing. Remove the things from your life that have no value, regardless of how much time you’ve invested, and put your time and energy into things that actually matter.
-- from David Pierce's Five Rules for Life
Second Organizing Quote of the Month
I don't know if you've ever trimmed your book collection of 1,500 or so down to, uh hang on let me count, 17, but it's actually not as painful as it sounds. It's actually nice to admit to yourself that really, if we're all being honest here, you are not going to read War and Peace, probably ever, so give it to someone who might. It was just that, over and over again. Then you drink your vodka and watch nice young men come over and take your books away in crates and hope the books find better lives.
-- Jessa Crispin, editor-in-chief of "a monthly web magazine and daily blog blog dedicated to those who love to read," who recently moved from Chicago to Berlin
Third Organizing Quote of the Month
One might purchase a book with the intention of reading it later, but at a certain point the timeline of future reading stretches out so far as to make it clear that some of these books will never be read and one becomes an Imelda Marcos of books.
-- Amber, on Prettier than Napoleon
Book Organizing: More Reading
My blog has a whole section on book organizing - covering everything from finding new homes for your books, to clever bookends and beautiful bookcases, to accounts from those who've successfully pruned their book collections.
Highlights From My Blog in June
There were 24 entries in my organizing and de-cluttering blog in June. Some of the most popular entries were:
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