Organizing Your Bookshelf at Home

 

When you have a lot of books at home, it’s sometimes difficult to look for one that you need right away if they are haphazardly stacked on the shelves. There are many benefits to having a well-organized bookshelf besides needing less time to search. You can use the books as decoration for your home and it will be easier to keep your books clean and free from insects and dust if they’re stacked neatly.

You don’t need to make a catalogue for your books, unless of course if you’re planning to imitate a library. Here are some ways to organize your books with function in mind.

 

Genre

Bookstores and libraries use this method. This only works however if you read more than two genres. Some volumes don’t indicate the genre in the spines so this in an ideal method if you read a variety of books. The disadvantage however is how to separate genres that are almost similar like horror and suspense, and fantasy and science fiction. Some books can even be classified in different genres.

 

Alphabetical

You could arrange your books by their titles. If you can recall only the first word or two of the title, it’s easier to look for the book this way because most books have titles on the spine. Don’t count the articles “the” and “a” when you use this method. The only problem is where to place compilations or readers, complete works editions and book series omnibus.

 

Author

If you have more than a dozen books from certain authors, it might be useful to separate them. It also works like the alphabetical method but this time you’re organizing them according to the author’s last name. The only problem is where to place books that have more than one author and what to do if you have only one book from one author.

 

Binding

Separate the hardbound, softbound and pocketbooks. This is also for decorative purposes. Hardbound books have a classic look especially when they’re placed neatly on the shelf. If your collection also includes magazines, comics, journals with either comb or spiral bindings, they won’t look out of place as well.

 

Spine Color

Books can decorate your living space. Arrange them according to color. But this arrangement is for decorative purposes. You still have to look for the titles and the authors. It would be more difficult as well to look for the thinner books in your collection. This method could work for magazines and comics so they look stylish beside your books.

 

Combination

Arrange your shelves according to authors’s names but also arrange his or her books alphabetically. You can also separate books by their binding and then arrange them alphabetically. You can combine any of the options listed above especially if you have a huge collection of books.

5 Effortless Changes for a Greener Home

Due surging energy costs and climate change, it seems like people in Singapore is looking for ways to adjust their lifestyle and be more environment friendly with their choices. Going green isn’t as complicated as you think; in fact, there are so many simple ways you can do yourself. Here are some simple changes you can do at home

  1. Use Eco-Bags When Grocery Shopping

Every time you go grocery shopping, you’re probably toting your purchases in plastic bags. But though you need to feed your family, you don’t have to do it at the expense of the planet. Instead of storing your groceries in a plastic bag, buy reusable eco-bags instead. You can purchase them for around a dollar, and you can get multiple uses out of it before needing to replace them.

  1. Go Meatless on Mondays

Having pasta or hearty vegetable soup on Mondays might sound like a major change, but going on a meat-free meal once every week (for a family of five) provides the same environmental effects as driving a hybrid car. Raising livestock produces significant amount of greenhouse gasses, so cutting back on meats makes a big help to the environment.

  1. Minimize Use of Bug Sprays

To avoid infestation, prevention is your most eco-friendly solution. Keep your kitchen tidy and crumb-free, seal any holes and cracks the wall, s you won’t have to worry about pests getting in, requiring you to use pesticides and bug sprays. If you need to do pest control, reach for greener products or DIY remedies first.

  1. Put Lights on Timers

Perhaps, most of us know that lights should always be turned off when leaving a room. However, many of us tend to forget doing it. Installing timers for the lights mean that you have back-up plan in case anyone in the family forgets to reach for the switch before heading out. You can schedule it to shut off after an hour or so. It is an effective way to minimize electricity consumption and lower energy bills.

  1. Repurpose Materials

Try re-using old materials by turning them into statement pieces to decorate your home. For example, if thinking about replacing the countertops, look for reclaimed woods or recycled steel. Bamboo, for instance, works well as kitchen countertop. It’s durable and resistant to molds and bacteria.

Small solutions still make a significant difference. By choosing to be a little greener each day, you can lessen the ecological footprints caused by humans. Any step you take to be more environmentally friendly leads you to the path of the right direction; and you’ll find more ways to take better care of Mother Earth as you go along the way.