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.

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