Between us bbwoof and I own over 2000 books. I'm pretty sure of this because I know that I owned 1000 a few years ago when I counted them. I've bought a few hundred since then. When we moved in, bbwoof had roughly the same number of boxes of books as I did. So... Yeah, lots o' books.
The bulk of my books were in a storage unit for a couple of years, and then with me but still boxed up for the next year. Since we moved into our home at WinneBagEnd, we've been able to unpack only about half of them. Books are in boxes stacked in the living room, in piles all over the place, and piled haphazardly on not enough shelves.
I do have cookbooks on the kitchen counter, but I've not yet had to start keeping them in kitchen cabinets... Still, I was heartened to see that at least six people on my f'list do so. This is keeping your priorities straight: first come the books, and then the soup bowls and canned tunafish!
The one place I don't have books is in boxes in the basement. Both bbwoof and I have lost books to mildew by storing them that way. Besides, what's the point of having walls if you don't put bookshelves on them?
We are in the process of turning our second bedroom into a Library. We kind of got stuck after painting the walls. Last weekend we bought the window treatments, real wood venetian blinds that look very handsome and luxurious. The goal for next weekend is to paint the woodwork and hang our new blinds. Then we can start filling the walls with new bookcases, and start putting our fiction on the shelves. I want to sort the books alphabetically by author's last name; we might need to separate hardcovers from paperbacks, though, just to get them all to fit.
Non-fiction will remain in the bookcases in the dining room. Most of the non-fiction is mine, and I'll reinstate the arrangement by subject that I used to have. It was loosely based on the Dewey Decimal system, with computers and programming languages in with math instead of off on their own in front of everything else, and with religion in with "folklore" instead of its own separate category.
The bookcase in the bedroom will hold books-to-be-read: library books, books borrowed from other people; and newly purchased books.
That's the plan, at least. The real question is, how long will that last before we have piles of books spilling off every surface again?