Organizing a bookshelves doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming, even if you have the entire Harry Potter series in your collection. If you follow these five tips, you can organize a bookshelf in no time, and your friends will be asking you where you got your shelving supplies so they can do the same!
1) Avoid Chaos
The most common mistake people make when organizing their bookshelves is to place things on them willy-nilly. This leads to clutter and chaos. The best way to organize a bookshelf is by using a method called color coding. Color coding means labeling books and other items with their titles, alphabetizing them based on the author’s last name, or placing similar items together in sections of the shelf. Each approach has its pros and cons.
2) Get Rid of Books You Have Read
If you own a bookshelf, chances are it’s packed full of books. I know mine is! If you have read any of these books, get rid of them. They won’t do you any good sitting on your shelf – they’re taking up space that could be used for something more useful! If a book is unread and can be found at a bookstore/library/etc., donate it so someone else can enjoy it. Or pass it along if someone you know would benefit from reading it. However, if a book has been read and there is no one in your life who will want to read or use that book in their lives, then throw it away or recycle it!
3) Group Like with Like
Grouping your books together by topic is a great way to organize a bookshelf. If you have books on music, cookbooks, and finance on one shelf (for example), you’ll be able to quickly find what you’re looking for whenever it’s time for a new recipe or some inspiration from an expert in your field. Use vertical space: You might think of a bookshelf as something that holds books horizontally, but that doesn’t mean they all have to go in one direction. Turn some of them on their side so you can save horizontal space and gain vertical storage in return.
4) Take Advantage of Vertical Space
Most people store their books vertically, meaning that—regardless of how many books you have—there’s a finite amount of space. This leads to having too many large books cluttering up a shelf. But by organizing your shelves horizontally, you can fit more into less space and make everything look neat and tidy. It’s easy: Stack your smaller, thinner books horizontally and place taller/thicker ones vertically behind them. The same concept applies to larger items like DVDs; simply store them with their spines facing forward (instead of laying them down on their sides). There are numerous ways in which you can take advantage of vertical space as well; all it takes is a little imagination and organizational know-how!
5) Buy Another Shelf
When your bookshelf is stuffed full, it can be hard to find what you’re looking for. One solution is to buy another shelf and stack them up like a card catalog. If you have floor space available, use freestanding shelves and designate different types of books (fiction vs. non-fiction) on different levels so they’re easy to reach. You can also buy a free-standing shelving unit with plenty of room for storage baskets so you can keep larger items out of sight. Buy a bookshelf now to get rid of “How to organize a bookshelf stressed!”
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