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I brought back two hundred English books from the US, but I don't like the way they're arranged on my bookshelf
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I brought back two hundred English books from the US, but I don't like the way they're arranged on my bookshelf
Arrange them by color. I am currently redecorating someone's place and to get rid of this messy look, I rearrange them by color and the person loves the result.

Mix and match the length.
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Arrange them by color. I am currently redecorating someone's place and to get rid of this messy look, I rearrange them by color and the person loves the result.

Mix and match the length.
this makes me laugh,
i had all my books arranged by country, i have lots of biographies from people from different cultures.

when my german mother visited she rearranged them all by height.. so they looked more in ordenung

book heathen

It really is a first world problem how to arrange your library.
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It really is a first world problem how to arrange your library.
We've just moved house and this is a very relevant problem for us at the moment as our antiquarian collection has outgrown its glass-fronted cabinet and we've had to ditch several of our bookcases as they won't fit into our 170 - 180 cm high rooms.

Non-fiction is fine, as we can just arrange it by subject on the long shelves in the library, but fiction might be a problem as we simply don't have the shelf space anymore. We used to organise novels alphabetically by author but now... well, I suppose colour is as good a criterion as any...

It might be a first world problem, but it's a real problem! Illiterate people have no idea how lucky they are!
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Well, I stand by my suggestion.



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How on earth can you find anything?




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It looks like a fabric store..
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Illiterate people have no idea how lucky they are!
There are e-books, ya know..

But I also prefer real paper books. I am not too attached to them, though, once I finish with them. Nor photos, memorabilia, knick-knakcs.. Yarn, on the other hand.. Cookbooks. Blue dishes. Board games.

There is a wonderful movement, though, a philosophical trend, of my dear friends from the 1st world, to minimize your property to 1000 most necessary items. Then 500. Then, finally, to 100. I am very fond of it and have started to de-clutter. I don't like to attach myself to material stuff, I prefer thoughts, tunes and words. I can't remember who started this movement, will look for it when I get a min.
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There are e-books, ya know..

But I also prefer real paper books. I am not too attached to them, though, once I finish with them. Nor photos, memorabilia, knick-knakcs.. Yarn, on the other hand..
e-books are for chuckaways, paper books for keeps. If I like an e-book enough, I'll order the paper version for the collection.

... and don't mention yarn! Did I mention the other reason we don't have enough room for books?
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How on earth can you find anything?
Make a list

Barbie on ice: first shelf, second row
Life is a rainbow: third shelf, fourth row
The first World Problem resolution: last shelf, bottom row

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... and don't mention yarn! Did I mention the other reason we don't have enough room for books?
It's simples. She just needs more time to knit. Are the dishes done?

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How on earth can you find anything?
I have more than 500 books, all arranged totally haphazardly. But somehow I have a mental picture of where each of them are, and I can find any title in a few seconds!
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Oh I do dislike e-books.
Books aren't supposed to be in alphabetical order..
This is far better


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Hmm... Books aside -

I think the biggest 1st world problem is the fact people tend to be owned by their possessions when they get older.

And tend to want to possess other human beings. An uncanny paradox.

If one minimimizes one's stuff, one has more control over oneself, and wants less control over others.
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I have more than 500 books, all arranged totally haphazardly. But somehow I have a mental picture of where each of them are, and I can find any title in a few seconds!
It really depends on the number of books you have.

When we moved, we had more than 100... boxes. There is no way I could find anything if they are not in alphabetical order

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Well, I stand by my suggestion.



its pretty but i'd be afraid of people judging me..
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Hmm... Books aside -

I think the biggest 1st world problem is the fact people tend to be owned by their possessions when they get older.

And tend to want to possess other human beings. An uncanny paradox.

If one minimimizes one's stuff, one has more control over oneself, and wants less control over others.
its strangely liberating having nothing, i found it surprisingly hard to get there, i sold the contents of a 4 bedroom house and i had to drink my way through it. thanks amareto

i don't think controlling people change whatever their circumstances, if only having nothing were the cure!
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its pretty but i'd be afraid of people judging me..
For what? The colors?
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its strangely liberating having nothing, i found it surprisingly hard to get there, i sold the contents of a 4 bedroom house and i had to drink my way through it. thanks amareto
It is not strange, it is liberating. I think possessing objects, collecting them and focusing on them, takes mind of thoughts people don't want to process. That's how people get owned by things..Needing stuff is pointless. Even perishables. I don't like craving something, either, although yesterday I cave in to a half kilo of fab tomatoes. How very 1st world of me.

I actually really like dropping by my sweet neighbors who are Asian and own almost zero furniture. Not sure if it has anything to do with culture, but the space, the light everywhere makes me want to chuck whatever I have. They are not attached to clothes, image, either. For having little kids and pretty charged careers both of them, they own almost nothing, I think it makes their lives easier. Modesty is cool.

I'd do the same as you did, sans the drinking. Amaretto , hahahhah. Apples are cool, too.

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i don't think controlling people change whatever their circumstances, if only having nothing were the cure!
I do think owning nothing and seeing the purpose, is a cure to many things. People get neurotic about what they own, constantly talk about it and compare, desire. It gets really boring. I like keeping old things work, repairing, so I don't have to go look for a replacement. Makes me thing of needlework classes long time ago, the teacher who patiently taught us how to mend.
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