Ever since I started collecting books, I’ve organized my bookshelves in a lot of different ways, and seen pictures of many different bookshelves. Multiple times, I’ve struggled to come up with ideas of new ideas to order the books by when I want a change, so I thought I’d do a blog post about it.
This post is for you if you’ve been thinking your shelves are a little lacking, want to switch things up, and want your bookshelves to be organized in new, different, fun, or creative ways! We bookworms are sometimes a very shallow sort, and beautiful shelves are always pleasing to look at. A nice, organized bookshelf makes me very happy.
This might seem like a flippant topic compared to some of the other things I’ve blogged about (diversity & representation, mainly), and it really is, but I wanted to do a fun sort of post in case anyone really is looking for ideas on organizing their bookshelves and to see how others organize theirs in the comments.
Without further ado, let’s get into 8 ways to organize your bookshelves.
1) Alphabetically by author’s last name
This isn’t one that I’ve ever done, simply because I don’t find it to be very aesthetically pleasing. But if you’re someone that wants it to be easy to find your books, this is perfect!
2) By color
Rainbow shelves are simply gorgeous. They look amazing in photographs and in real life. The one downside is probably it being more difficult to find your books, especially if you don’t remember the spine color.
3) By genre
I like this one simply because it’s very organized, and makes it easy to find a book to read when I know I’m in the mood for, say, a fantasy book.
4) By height
I also use this method because it looks pretty. When all your books’ heights align with each other, it just makes you happy, right? I put my tall hardcovers next to each other, and then my smaller hardcovers…With paperbacks it’s more difficult because their sizes vary, but I do my best.
5) By format
This is similar to #4, but I included it separately because with this one, you wouldn’t necessarily have to do it by height, but it might work out that way. Your ARCs would be together, and so would your paperbacks, and your hardcovers…
6) By TBR and Read Piles
I don’t do this one because I’m lazy, honestly, and I don’t bother to separate into books on my TBR and books I’ve already read. But it’s smart! It shows you what options you have to read next, and makes it easy to find an enticing book to choose.
7) With a favorites shelf
I think this would be a cool idea, especially if you have multiple editions of your favorite books. I don’t do this because I have too many favorites, really, but I see lots of pictures of people’s shelves where they’ve dedicated a single shelf to a their favorite books, and it looks fantastic!
8) By publication date
Like #1, this is very organized, and I would never do it? But if you’re the kind of person that would like to have all your books organized by when they released, go for it! I don’t see the draw in part because it could take forever, especially if you have a lot of books.
Of course, for some of the above ways, you might have to combine them! That’s not always a bad thing. For instance, you could include a favorites shelf, organize that by color, and then organize all your other books by color as well.
I hope this post gave you an idea for a new way to organize your bookshelves! I know that now I’m looking at my shelves and thinking, What else could I do to make it prettier? Currently, mine are a mess, but if you’re curious, I have one shelf of ARCs organized by release date, and then my main bookshelves are organized by genre, and then further organized by height. I would take a picture, but…They are truly not pleasing to look at. That should be fixed.
How do YOU organize your books? Have you always kept it that way, or have you tried different strategies? Is there any way you’ve seen that you want to try, but haven’t yet?
Thanks for reading!