A few weeks ago my classmate, Lee Bannister, blogged about her childhood bookshelf. I can share in her sentiments because the one bookshelf we had in our house was not filled with books, but with movies. VHS tapes to be exact. So growing up I’ve had to build my own library and bookshelf.
Now I wish I had a picture to show you all what my bookshelf started out like, but I don’t. However, I can show you what it looks like now. Voilà!
Now as you can see, my bookshelf is not very organized. It used to be, but I got the crazy idea I wanted to reorganize it one November night when I was home…and this was the result. Normally I have all my smaller books on top, like shown, and the rest below that. And each book is in alphabetical order by their author’s last name.
This seems to be the most common way to organize a bookshelf and it’s not a bad one. But it’s how my shelf has looked since I got it two years ago. So I went on a hunt for some tips on how I could rearrange a bookshelf. Some of the blogs or websites I found had some pretty neat ideas.
Here is a compiled list with 9 of those ideas.
- Alphabetical: Put your books in ABC order based on their title or by author’s name.
- Spinal/Book Color: Make an inverted rainbow! Organize your books based on the color of their spine to make any pattern you want. You could even try to make an image or symbol (or something much cooler)!
- Genre/Content: Separate your books based on the genres they are categorized in, either your own categorization or what the publisher categorizes them as. An idea for content would be to separate them by main characters: male protagonist vs. female, older protagonist vs. younger, etc. The possibilities are endless.
- Emotion: Organize your books based on your emotional response to them. This could be an interesting experiment if most of your books cause an emotional response. How would you organize them then?
- Publisher: Put your books in order based on their publisher. Now this you could do at random or by alphabetical order.
- Secrecy: Hide the spines of your books! That way whenever you are looking for a book, you have a fun guessing game. And maybe you’ll run into that one old book you love but might have forgotten.
- Chronological: This would be hard to do, but if you want to take the time to see when the books were published you could organize your shelf by year. Or even by when the setting of the book takes place.
- Most Used: Do you have a set of favorite books that you read often? Well why not put them together and organize your shelf by the books you read most often. You can even do this with your TBR pile.
- Spinal Poetry: This one seems really interesting and creative if you want to take a stab at it. Create a poem or even a story out of the titles of your books. What can you come up with?
So which organization method is your favorite? Is there a method you have that’s not on this list? I know I am going to try some of these the next time I’m home.