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5 Easy Ways to Organize Your Books

If you love books as much as I do, you might have several bookshelves throughout your house – all which could use a little TLC. Organizing bookshelves can be done in many ways.

5 Easy Ways to Organize Your Books


Some of my favourites are:

1. By colour. I know this doesn’t seem the most logical, and it’s not – but it’s very eye-catching, and a great conversation starter! Organize books by colour, shade, etc and you’ll always have a rainbow to look at! However, if books are all different sizes, it might not flow as well as you’d imagine.

Unless you can identify books by the color of their spine, it probably isn’t the best way to organize them, but it is an option – and kids might like it!

2. Alphabetical. You can organize books on your bookshelf alphabetically, either by author’s last name or by book title. If you’re organizing them by book title, you might want to leave out common beginning words such as “the” and “a”, and alphabetize based on the second word.

One good thing about organizing alphabetically by author’s last name is that all of the books by your favourite author can be found in one spot. This way is probably the best way to find a book fast.

3. Genre. I like to organize books by genre, because sometimes you’re just in the mood for a certain type of book. Divide by fiction, fantasy, reference, mystery, young adult, romance, and cooking books. You can have sub-genres such as baking, grilling, and International cookbooks, too. This is a great way to organize when you’re looking to find a type of book fast, instead of a specific book.

4. Chronological. I have to admit I haven’t really tried this one much, but if you have a lot of history books, it can work well. Organize by time period, and your friends will totally geek out when they come to visit. Or, maybe they won’t even notice because they aren’t those kind of geeks, but still… it was fun while it lasted.

5. Stacks. You can also organize books in stacks by genre, colour, alphabetically, by genre, or chronologically. I like stacking books because it’s more of a decor item rather than “just books”, and you can set things on top like a small vase, basket, or trinkets here and there.

The difficult part about having books in stacks is that they aren’t as easy to remove as when they’re upright. If you aren’t switching books out a dozen times a day, I guess it doesn’t really matter, but it’s something to consider when organizing your bookshelves.

How do you organize your books?

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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