Transform the Prosaic into the Poetic

“Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely, given the numbers of books written because authors couldn’t find anyone to talk to.” ― Alain de Botton, The Consolations of Philosophy

Today, as you rush through your day, look at those around you a little closer. If you can see beyond the obvious, you may learn some incredible lessons.  Be alert. Everyone crossing your path is an opportunity to learn and everyone has a story.

You may find that the bookstore lady is a book herself, full of knowledge you can tap into. She’s actually a retired business executive, who now works part-time. She knows how to incorporate businesses, develop marketing plans, and lead strategic planning.

Collected wisdom on the rise

It may be our natural human tendency to accumulate or simple pragmatism that compels us to always have on hand a bit more that we have space for or need.

Shelves have long been neutral players in our homes, quietly supporting objects of desire, taking center stage.  Along with books, they are often laden and stuffed with photos, trophies, dried up chocolate bars, grade school art, baseballs, pet food, photo albums, coupons from Canadian Tire, seashells, eyeglass cases, souvenirs, you name it, with little thought to what they look like.  By organizing, eliminating and styling, one can do much to contribute to better Shelf-esteem.

  • A selection of larger books stacked horizontally looks striking and offers an additional display method than just the traditional vertical arrangement. They also provide a raised surface to display small decorative items.  And as an added design bonus: you’ll be able to display large books that won’t fit vertically, as long as they don’t hang over the edge.
  • If you have a dark bookshelf, use mainly light colored items, as they can get ’lost’ in the display.  They will also brighten up the dark interior of a shelf.
  • To add cohesiveness to a shelf, stack, lean or group books of similar binding color or a grouping of black and white bound books.
  • A collection of smaller items, such as framed family photos, should be grouped on a shelf that is at eye level for easy eye viewing.
  • Fit shelves around a door or mount shelves just below the ceiling to house more books.

Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but it all boils down to this – there is no such thing as an ugly bookshelf – just a disorganized one.  Yes, it sound like Dr. Phil, but it is not meant to be reassuring, only truthful.