Bettering Your Bookshelves

By catherine | March 19, 2013

Bookshelves. They can be visually appealing, beautifully displayed and artistically organized. Wonderfully designed bookshelves can be visions of order and art in your home.

More often, bookshelves do not fit this idealized description. Typically, bookshelves take on the role of ‘catch-alls’. They hold random knick-knacks, out-of-date photos, books you’ve read, books you haven’t, and the list goes on and on.

Luckily, we have some easy tips to turn your cluttered bookshelves into envy worthy spaces.

1. Start by taking everything out and give the shelves a good dusting. Nothing like starting fresh.

2. Sort through your books and items and decide what you no longer need. Donate or sell items. Some great resources for reselling books include Half Price Books, Amazon.com, and SellUsedBooks.com. If you’d like to donate your books, the American Library Association will place your books in libraries in communities of need. Or, you can send books to U.S troops overseas through Operation Paperback. Decided to let go of some of those bookcase accessories? Donate them to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, schools or churches.

3.  You’ve narrowed it down to your favorite items,  now comes the fun part! Selecting a method to get them back on the shelves in an accessible way. There are many ways to organize books – by color, subject, or author – the trick is to think about how you access your books and arrange accordingly.

4. Divide your books into categories on the floor to determine necessary space for each category. Then place each category on the shelves.

5. To make your bookshelves more aesthetically pleasing, add book ends and non-book accessories like frames, vases, baskets or trays. One of my favorite tricks is to place larger and more attractive books horizontally to break up the continuity of other vertically aligned books. Finally, adding wallpaper or paint on the back of the shelves is a great way to create visual interest.

These bookcases left us green with envy!

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Let us know your favorite way to organize your books, we love to hear your feedback!

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