Curling up with a great read: wonderful. Being engulfed in
stacks of books: not so much. If your book-loving ways have your home awash in
piles of paperbacks and heaps of hard covers, we can help. No need for the
formality of the Dewy Decimal system, there are plenty of simple ways to
organize your books. Options include alphabetically, by genre, and design
lovers can even choose to organize them by color for a visual pop. Just pick a
system that works for you and stick with it.
Before you begin, it's time for a house-cleaning and purge.
Organize and keep only what you read or love.
Dust Jacket: There's a reason book covers are also called dust jackets;
books collect dust like nobody's business. Do your books a favor and keep them
dust-free with periodic vacuuming. You may wish to start your book re-org with
a deep cleaning; remove all books from your shelves, dust and scrub the shelves
thoroughly and return only those volumes you wish to keep.
Friend: Parting with beloved books is never easy. But why are you
hanging onto that novel you hated or the book you have no interest in? Ancient
college textbooks anyone? Every collection can use a purge now and again.
Donate your unwanted books to your local library or arrange a book swap with
friends or neighbors. Or donate them to organizations such as the Salvation
Army or Goodwill; for more ideas on charities accepting used books, check out Where to Donate Old Books: 10 Places to Start. Or consider selling your books, website Bookscouter.com makes it easy.
Utterly Orderly: Think beyond the bookcase for your books. While the bulk of your
collection may live on shelves, consider storing books where you'll use them.
Cookbooks in the kitchen, kids books in a low, easily accessible case in the
family room or a bedroom. Don't limit yourselves to shelves, store picture
books in colorful canvas totes or boxes. Reclaim your bedside table by keeping
books you are currently reading in an attractive tote bag near your bed or
favorite reading chair.
Extra Space: Running out of room for your beloved books? Gain space by using
a small riser along the back of a shelf that lets you create a second, raised
tier for stacking two rows of paperbacks. Note: you can make the riser yourself
out of boxes of aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Click here to see an example.
bibliophiles will always love a room lined with shelving; what is more
appealing than a wall of custom shelves, brimming with your favorites? For
inspiration, we've rounded up some spectacular shelving
ideas including this fabulous bookshelf man.
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.