Tip #87: Cover your ugliest books.
This is something I’ve been meaning to share forever and even though it’s a kind of ho-hum way to start the new year, I’d rather write about how to deal with ugly books in a tiny apartment than broach the subject of how a 240-square-foot apartment with a ship’s ladder leading to the “bedroom” is not probably a reasonable place to nurture a tiny mewling infant (not to mention a very pregnant mother). Let’s save that topic for next week.
Back to those books:
I’m aware that this advice is teetering awfully close to the edge of something that might be written on a very peppy blog offering all kinds of very peppy DIY advice. And while I do like to be peppy, I don’t like to propose projects that feel unrealistic, or contrived, or otherwise unnecessary. And I can see where you might think that covering books to fit into the décor is a little bit excessive. Or obsessive. Or both.
But maybe you have not also been stared down by Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. Have you seen the book? Our edition is large and bright red and for two years its brashness beamed down on us from our one measly bookshelf.
Until, of course, I covered it. Middle school-style. With the same painstaking attention I gave to covering Life Science in the 7th grade, I tackled the most offending books on my shelf. I stopped myself from buying a Wite-Out pen so that I could write the titles in straight letters with little balls tacked onto their tops and bottoms, but otherwise the process was pure 1997.
Sigh. It’s a more harmonious bunch now, don’t you think?
Tiny apartment survival tips #1-86 right here.