But still, even if I had my own home right now, I’d need to overhaul how I think about storage and putting things away from the season or even for years to come. More than anything, it’s a change in your lifestyle and the way you do things. It’s a mindset to keep organized, put away the things you don’t use or wear, and know where that storage is and why it’s there.
I will say, though, I’m pretty good about storing my excess books in cardboard boxes. I never thought I’d use packaging supplies so well for storage, but when it comes to video games, vinyl records, and books, I know what I’m doing.
The first thing I try to do when it comes to choosing which books to put in storage and which to keep is know what my favorite books are, what are the books I’ve yet to read and want to in the near future, and what are my more “elaborate” books to show off in my display. By whittling the list down to a hundred books or so, I’m able to keep what I want out on shelves and put the rest in storage.
The next thing I try to do is label my boxes full of books with some labeling tape. It’s amazing how many different packaging supplies work for you when putting things in storage (as they’re sort of made for this reason and for shipping things, but I digress). By keeping things labeled, you’ll know what’s in each box without having to open every single container until you find what you’re looking for.
Finally, it’s all about location. You don’t want to put your books in a damp area like the basement, though the basement works well if you can keep it dry simply because cooler areas that don’t get too warm in the summer are ideal for books.