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Confession. My house looks like a really clever college student’s home. It doesn’t look like a young professional who has a paycheck and works in a contemporary art museum. Remember when I said it looks like a random mish-mash of hand-me-downs? Yeah. It really does. I go back and forth on home decoration a lot. Sometimes I really want to act like an adult and give my home the money/attention it deserves, but then I decide to spend my money on things like travel and clothes, and then I invite friends over and wish I cared more and then I think “what if I decided to move abroad and had to get rid of my whole house anyway”. SO. what do I do?
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As I am writing this, I am thinking of a solution: get rid of a lot of my shit, and focus on minimalistic form and function. Less IS more. This solution is so smart for me, because I’m intrinsically drawn to a super minimal aesthetic anyway. One of the most difficult things for me to give up is my books. I finally parted with almost all of my college text books (only 3 full years after graduating) and have cleverly hidden my Twilight collection underneath my bed, but the rest of them. How do I get rid of books? I also just keep buying more and more books. I have… plenty. Enough, you might say. I actually really need to go through them again. What a proactive blog post!
This is where the Strategically Stacked Books guide comes in. It took me seriously 5 minutes of scrolling through my “Home” board on Pinterest to find a plethora of examples of strategically stacked books being used in minimal/modern home decor. Thank dog for Pinterest, no?
From the floor, to stacks on tables; by the bed and by the couch, strategically stacked books are making an appearance in professional-adults-who-give-some-shits homes everywhere, it would appear! I am so very far behind. Never fear though. I am making so many plans. If only I could find a good place to store my bookshelves (they were expensive, sad face) in case the next place I rent has an extra thousand square feet. Renter woes.
I’m thinking I might do some strategically stacked books on the dresser… maybe even some desk ones to hold my lamp. I will fit my books into every damn corner they can fit. I will never have to give them up. I’ve fooled you again, minimalism.
Honestly the hardest part of my book piles will be hiding the fact that this super-nerd reads mainly horrible fantasy books with really ugly (cheetoh-stained) covers. All the books in these pictures look like they belong to the professional adults. One thing at a time, I always say. You can take the girl out of the nerdy-college-era, but you can’t take the nerdy-college-era out of the girl.