Movie Closet Project

Hey everyone, today I’m going to be talking about something other than books. As you may know if you’ve been following me for awhile, my husband and I bought my parent’s house over a year ago and we have been slowly doing projects around the house, making it our own. One of the most recent projects we just completed this past week and I am super excited about it. Besides books, I love and collect movies and tv seasons. I have a pretty large collection and they’ve been housed on mismatched old bookshelves which ended up making our downstairs living area look a little cluttered. Excuse the mess in the below BEFORE photo… this area has been a bit of a catch-all the last few months.


There is a closet space in the downstairs that used to have an old fridge. We got rid of the fridge and started working on finishing the space to turn it into a movie closet. We started with just plain concrete floors and drywall. Ethan added these carpet squares and the baseboard trim. Eventually he will also be adding the trim around the closet opening. For now it’s just raw until he can get the last of the supplies.


Originally I wanted to fill it with Ikea Billy shelves to match my library shelves but the closet wasn’t quite big enough for what I wanted to do so we came up with plan B: making our own shelves. We decided to go a little bit of the easy route and get the shelving racks you hang on the wall and then jazz up some wood boards to add to them.



Our favorite way to add interest to plain pine is to sand them down, torch them to bring out the grain, and then stain and seal them. The above photo is after Ethan torched two of the boards. Once all of the boards were finished, we added some simple bookends to the ends of each board and mounted them on the brackets. We ended up having quite a bit of extra room at the bottom so we talked about adding another board to the bottom. But we ended up going with something we already had at the house that allowed us to add double the storage space.


Here is a closeup of the awesome shelves. I seriously can’t stop looking at them and love how they turned out.


I had so much fun filling the shelves up with all of our tv seasons, blurays, and dvds. Started to run out of room at the bottom so I’m really glad we had these other media shelves that fit perfectly underneath the last shelf. We also decided to add another full bookcase on one side of the closet to house some of the bigger special editions and all of our puzzles and board games.


Here is the finished product! I’m really happy with how everything turned out and I love having them all in one place. Makes it so much easier to find something to watch. Mini tour: top three shelves are TV series, next two shelves are blurays, then DVDs. At the bottom in the media shelves, the left half area all kids movies, and the right half are the rest of the dvds.Not a great photo with the light glaring from above but hey, it’s a basement closet so that’s as good as it’ll get haha. If you’re interested in a more detailed tour of the shelves to check out my collection, let me know in the comments and I will do a more in depth post.

What are some of your favorite tv shows and/or movies?

Life Update

Hey everyone! It’s been awhile, I know! I’ve had a busy year and the last couple of months have been pretty hectic and stressful (but also exciting) so my blog has taken the backseat for awhile.  I’ll still be dealing with some craziness for the rest of the year but I’m hoping to be a little more active than I have been seeing as how my last post was almost a month ago.  So I just wanted to take the time to fill you in a little bit on why I’ve been MIA and what I’ve been up to lately on the reading front and other areas.

So I may have mentioned before that my husband and I listed our townhouse for sale back in August… Well, here we are now with a buyer a little less than a month from our closing date! It’s a little bittersweet because while it wasn’t the first place we lived together in, it was the first place we owned.  But we are moving on to bigger and better things. We are actually purchasing the house I grew up in from 7th grade on from my parents who are starting to transition towards retirement.  Since I have lived in that house for most of my life, I have a lot of memories there so I’m really looking forward to continuing my life there and making many more memories there.  If all goes according to plan, we will be the new owners of the house a few days after we close on our townhouse.

One thing I always loved about this house was my room in the basement.  When they bought the house, the basement was unfinished so I was originally in a bedroom upstairs but as they gradually started finishing the basement, I moved to the basement.  I lived down there when the walls were just studs and a big black tarp haha.  But I loved it down there. I had to briefly move back upstairs during my junior year of high school while my dad worked to get the drywall put up.  Once the drywall was up and I could move back down, they let me choose my paint colors.  I couldn’t choose just one color so my mom and I came up with a fun plan to fit in the 4 colors I had chosen – blue, green, orange, and yellow.  The interior of my closet was a bright sunshine yellow, and the walls of my room  were blue in the center with zig-zagged corners that alternated orange and lime green.  What can I say, I loved bright colors! 🙂  I also quickly filled up my walls with posters from Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, and even Seth Cohen from The OC.  My mom wanted to make me a special quilt where I got to choose the colors… and I think she may have regretted that because I asked for the full spectrum of colors! She enlisted my aunt, a master quilter, for help and the resulting product is one of my favorite things ever.  I filled my room with hand-me-down bookshelves, a giant filing cabinet I used to store my plethora of movies and TV seasons, a comfy orange hand-me-down chair, etc. I took that room and made it 1000% my own. Anyways, this room is going to be mine once more and I couldn’t be happier! Currently it has a bunch of my parents’ stuff still in it but the hubs and I have each claimed a corner of the room for our computer setups and eventually after my parents move out, his setup will be moving into the next room over which is currently our jam packed bedroom while we are co-habitating with my parents.  So I will once again get to make that room my own.  I may not go as far as I did as a teenager, but I’m really looking forward to getting some new bookshelves to fulfill my dream of having a wall of books and put up some of the bookish art and other things I have accumulated over the years.  It’s going to be a really cozy setup and I can’t wait to get it more in order. (And yes, my door was a Spongebob Squarepants bedsheet turned into a curtain haha!)

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This past weekend I was finally able to get my desktop computer all set up.  I’ve missed it so much as I haven’t been able to use it since July.  I’ve moved three of my several bookshelves in there so far but that’s all I will be able to fit until the transition is complete. And then I want to start replacing my mismatched hand-me-downs with some better shelves. As you can see in this next photo, my parents had painted over my bright colors with a boring beige. So that will be one of the first things to go lol. Picture_20171106_200614664

On the reading front, I’ve actually been in a bit of a slump lately so I haven’t been doing much reading at all.  Also doesn’t help that with everything going on I haven’t been in the mood to concentrate on anything so I’ve been watching a lot of TV in my spare time.  I binge watched all available episodes of Nashville over the past month.  I think I have also burned myself out on review copies which is why I am slightly behind on mine. I also think that was part of the reason why I ended up DNFing All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. I could not get into that one at all but I don’t know if it was because of my burn out or because I didn’t like the story so I may try it again later on down the road.  I listened to the audiobook for A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  I read it in print two years ago and haven’t finished the trilogy so I wanted a refresher before continuing on with the books.  I also wanted to re-read it since they are currently filming the tv adaptation starring Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer.  I’m really excited to see how that turns out.  I started reading the second book, Shadow of Night, but haven’t gotten very far yet. I’ve also been carrying around an ARC of Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller in the hopes that I would get in the mood to read again.  On the way home from work yesterday I was hit with the desire to open the book and give it a shot.  I’m a little under 30 pages into it and so far I am really intrigued.  This one has gotten some mixed reviews so I’ll be interested to see how the rest of it goes.

I did plan on discussing my future plans for the blog but this post is already longer than I had anticipated so I will end it here and you can look forward to another post down the road about my plans.

Weekend Update

Hey everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  It was my first weekend home after a month so it was nice to just kick back and relax.  On Saturday I got together with one of my friends and we went to see The Shallows.  On Sunday Ethan and I went to see Star Trek: Beyond!  Other than that, I was home and relaxing with my books.  I finished reading The Song of Achilles.  It was really good but I think some of the hype made me expect something more than what it was for me.  It did put me in the mood to watch Troy so that is what I did Friday night.

On Saturday after I got home from hanging out with  my friend, I sat down to watch some Friends episodes and put together a collage with a bunch of the stickers I had purchased from RedBubble.  So many awesome stickers and I wasn’t really sure what to do with them at first.  I love how it turned out and it looks awesome hanging in my part of our office.  It incorporates a lot of my favorite things all in one spot.


I also tried and majorly failed to start this ARC I had received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.  I couldn’t even finish the entire first page!  It is such a bizarrely written book and I just couldn’t take it.  So instead, I decided to move on to the next book in my July TBR pile.  I wasn’t sure what I was in the mood for so I decided to grab the shortest one out of the pile so I could for sure finish it by the end of the month.  That one happened to be Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.


Look how gorgeous that cover is!  I’m now only about a quarter of the way through it but I am completely enthralled.

Last night I got an urge to do a little bookshelf rearranging so I started on my living room shelf which houses a lot of my favorite YA (and a few adult).  Next to this bookshelf I have a huge TBR pile that I have to keep on the floor because I have zero space left on the shelves in my house.  I started out with these few shelves looking like this…


Excuse the dark bottom right corner.  Our subwoofer covers part of the shelf and blocks the light there. These are the main three shelves that ended up changing.  Not much changed in the top two shelves.


Jay Kristoff is becoming one of my new favorite authors so I wanted to make room on this shelf for my growing collection of his books.  I have two copies of Nevernight preordered (a US and UK limited edition) and then Gemina also which comes out later this fall.  I don’t think I was able to clear enough space for all three books so there will be some changes made to these shelves again.


I debated leaving the space open until the books arrive but that will still be a week at least so for now I filled in the space with some other books.

I moved around some of the other shelves to fill in some spots and move others to the TBR pile on the floor.  After all was said and done, I really like how it turned out.  Here is the rearranged TBR pile on the side of the bookshelf.


And here are the rest of the shelves working my way from the bottom to the top.



The only thing different about the shelf with Draco, Snap, Dobby, Neville, and Dumbledore is that I moved Illuminae to the next shelf to create a Jay Kristoff niche and put Truthwitch in its place.


The only thing different in this shelf, which happens to be the top shelf of the bookcase is that I moved And I Darken by Kiersten White to the bottom shelf, and moved Lost Stars by Claudia Gray to the 3rd shelf and put The Crown’s Game in its place.

Among the TBR pile on the floor I had a few Jane Austen spin-offs/what ifs/retellings so I decided to take those out and keep them all together with others I had on the bottom shelf of our TV season shelf.


I love seeing them all together in one place!  I have only read a few of these so I am really looking forward to reading the rest and adding more to my collection.

Overall I am very happy with how this rearrange project ended up.  I am a little worried about how I am going to accommodate new releases, especially when they are part of a series I already have.  But I will deal with that when the time comes.  Adding in Empire of Storms and Crooked Kingdom later this fall is going to be an interesting dilemma 🙂

So that was my weekend.  How was yours?





Hoarders: Book Nerd UPDATE!

Hey everyone!  I have been such a bad blogger lately!  So many things seem to be happening this month that I haven’t had a lot of time to write posts.  My most recent major project was to go through my enormous book collection and do a big purge.  I wrote all about it in this post – Hoarders: Book Nerd Edition.

I spent a couple of days sitting in front of all my bookshelves (and piles of books) to pull out books that I just know I really won’t read.  Some were recently acquired and others were books I have had for years but never read.  I also pulled a few books that I have read but have no interest in reading again.

Here is what I started out with (not including duplicates that I collect):

Total # of Physical Books: 849

Total # Unread Physical Books: 509 (59.95%)

Here is what I ended up with:

Total # of Physical Books: 731

Total # Unread Physical Books: 409 (55.95%)

I was able to get purge 118 books with no trouble at all!  I am sure there are more I can pull but most of what’s left I really want to read first before I decide. I haven’t taken a full set of AFTER photos but here is just an idea of how much space I cleared up.


I was able to free up some space on my shelves so books from piles on the floor and window seats were able to be moved onto the shelves.  There was one spot (see photo below) on my floor that I was able to eliminate completely!  I got rid of most of the books but kept a few of them.  The only book that is left in that spot is a coffee table book that doesn’t fit on the shelves.


Here are most of the books that didn’t make the cut.  Sorry about the picture quality, I didn’t bother to take good photos because these books are all going bye bye.  (Click on the photo to open a slideshow to see the photos bigger)

A lot of these I would still like to read at some point in my life, like the Anne Rice novels, but I just don’t see it happening any time soon so I will rely on the library when the time comes.  Some of these I also own on my Kindle so I would rather save the physical space.

I have not gotten these out of the house as of today.  I am sorting them into books that are sellable and books that will be donated.  Then I will get them all out of the house this weekend.  Once they are all gone and I have my shelves put back in an organized manner I’ll post the final update of this project.  So far I feel pretty great about the progress I made, even though the unread percentage only went down 3%.

What are some of the deciding factors you use when purging books?

Hoarders: Book Nerd Edition

Hi, I’m Maren and I am a book hoarder.  I think there comes a time in every bookworm’s life when their book collection gets a little out of control.  Well, my collection has gotten BEYOND that point and I feel completely overwhelmed by it. I am without a doubt, a book hoarder. I have my TBR books mixed in with books I have read so when I look at my shelves, and the other random places I keep books, I just don’t even know where to begin.  Trying to figure out what to read next is always a lengthy process because there are just too many unread books that I want to read in my collection.  I ran out of space a long time ago so I have books on window seats and stacked in piles next to my bookshelves.  I have decided to make the hard decision of culling my books down to a more manageable collection.  My husband and I have been making plans to sell our house and buy something bigger next year so I want to have less stuff in general to move when we do.  Packing up and moving nearly 900 books (not including duplicates I collect) is not exactly my idea of a fun time.  While I love my messy book collection, I just don’t have the room for it anymore.

The Current Collection (in all it’s glorious mess):

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The Stats (which can also be seen here):

Total # of Physical Books: 849

Total # Unread Physical Books: 509 (59.95%)

The Plan:

  • Go to each shelf and look at every single book and ask myself  if I will actually read this book (or reread if it has already been read).
  • Make a note of which books are leaving the collection permanently to remove from my Home Library spreadsheet.
  • Decide whether these books will be sold or donated.
  • Once I have gone through all the books, fill in empty space on shelves with books from the floor and/or window seats.

My Hopes:

  • Have an easier time deciding what to read instead of wasting my time staring at my shelves.
  • Utilizing my local library more rather than buying a bunch of books I may not end up liking.  Ultimate goal here = saving money.
  • Still have a big, beautiful collection of books but not feel guilty about the number of unread books that make up the majority of said collection.

I don’t know how long this plan will take.  I would say at least a week but probably more.  I don’t want to short circuit my brain so I think I will tackle one normal bookcase at a time.  The smaller ones I will group together to equal a larger bookcase.   So far I already have a bag and a box which I plan to sell and/or donate.


I have not yet taken them out of my Home Library spreadsheet so those will be included in the final tally of the books that I got rid of.

Stay tuned for an update post on the books I chose to remove from my collection.

Are you a book hoarder like me?  Have you read less than 50% of the books you own?