Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Do you have books scattered all over your house? Many of us do. Ideally, you are going to want to fit all of your books on shelves. There are several ways to organize your books. Find one that works for you. After that, it is just a matter of maintenance.
Gather all the books.
The first step in organizing your books is to gather all of them together. Pick up the loose ones that are scattered around the house. Take all the books off the shelves. It is helpful to know what, exactly, you have before you begin trying to organize your books. Remove all the clutter that is not a book but has somehow found its way to a shelf. Give the shelves a good dusting.
Make a “donate” box.
Get a large cardboard box. This is where you will put books that you are going to donate. It is a good idea to periodically “weed” your collection of books. You will find, over time, that some of your books no longer interest you. Collect those books into a box, and donate it to a local library. Another option is to bring the books to a used book store for trade-in credit.
Organize the books.
There is more than one way to organize books. Pick the one that you feel works best for you. Ideally, you want to come up with a way that allows you to easily find the book you are seeking. Here are some options:
* Alphabetical by the first letter of the author’s last name – A great choice for readers who think of the author first and then the title. This method also works well if you like to keep all of the books by the same author together on the bookshelf.
* Sorted by category – Split the books into two groups “fiction and “non-fiction”. For some people, that is sufficient. Others will want to break up those two big categories into smaller ones. Separate your books based upon the categories you have selected. Place them on the shelves in groups. It may help to add labels to your shelves to mark where each category starts and stops.
* Arrange by color – This will result in a bookshelf that resembles a work of art. Some people will find it difficult to locate books that are organized in this way.
Ideas for when you run out of space.
Do you use an ebook reader? One way to make more space on your bookshelves is to donate the physical books that you have an electronic copy of. Read the electronic version. Another option is to add more shelves. If you have room, you could add another bookshelf. If not, consider putting up more shelves on your walls near the ceiling.