Cleaning up and simplifying the bookcases before above and the after is below.
It still looks pretty full but I definitely removed a lot. Stored below are extra vases, platters, tablecloths, napkins, etc.. since this area is next to the dining table and kitchen, it's nice to have those items close by.
Most of these items are vintage/ thrift or just randomly found on sale at Target or Pottery Barn.
I'm glad I took the few minutes to make it look a little cleaner. It's not perfect but it's better than before.