I was thinking of blog ideas the other day and this one ended up popping in my head! I know that a ton of other articles show up when you look it up, but I thought that I’d show my own take on every way to organize your bookshelf! I’ll do a little description and show the pros and cons to each, so hopefully this will be a fun blog post! Hopefully this doesn’t seem as much as an “attack” than it is, a lighthearted blog post. 🙂
This is my own go-to method of organization and like it’s name obviously suggests, it sorts books by color just like the order of the rainbow. It may look pretty, colorful, and appealing at first glance, but be warned. Since things aren’t sorted by any reasonable measurement and series are separated, you essentially have to memorize the color of every single spine to find what you want. Sometimes, the front cover doesn’t actually match up with the spine color like you thought it did, which can lead to many frustrations and endless searching.*
*Based on a true story.
2. By Series
I used to have mine sorted this way, and it’s not a bad method of organization! All the series are clustered together, so that you have those nice consistent spines lined up right next to each other. The same problem arises like sorting by color with not being able to find the series unless you know where they are. But hey, at least you can finish whatever series you’re up to without intensely searching for the next book! Plus, everything is a little more organized in general.
3. By Height
For the obsessive perfectionist, sorting by height is a great way to go! I have mine by height right now, but there will always be those five books that don’t have any conventional size. I swear, I have a book on my shelves that is probably a centimeter shorter than all of the others. Why? What is the point of that? It frustrates me to my very core, but at least the heights are *somewhat* similar! Plus, it can be easily combined with other sorting methods for your own enjoyment.
4. By What You Have, and Haven’t Read
I’ve seen a lot of people sort their books based on what they want to read and what they’ve already read, and it honestly just sounds like a good, all-around method. Plus, as a bonus, it encourages you to actually read the stack of books on your TBR, since it forces you to look at the entire chunk of them! I would say that it’s hard to find reads this way, but it doesn’t matter, since you’re just reading whatever’s on your “haven’t read section.” So to anyone sorting this way, you’re doing good, but just make sure to have books you need to read so you aren’t left with a jumbling unsorted shelf!
5. Alphabetically, in Any Way
If you’re shelves are sorted like this, I actually applaud it. It feels like such a time-consuming way to sort, but once you’re done spending 23471084930 hours with it, its all good. It kind of reminds me of a real library in a way, so I guess it’s like making your own library inside your home! Especially if you sort by author, all the series are together, and everything is all nice and organized. It’s only just a pain if you’re obsessed with seeing similar sized books grouped together.
6. By Genre
Looking for an impromptu switch-up in genres of your newest reads? The “by genre’s” have got your back. Everything is organized by genre, with maybe another subgrouping in there, so it’s easy to pick out books to your heart’s content. Things are especially great for mood-readers who “feel” a certain genre, but don’t quite know what they want to read from it. The only problem with this, are those awful “dual-genres.” Does a historical romance get it’s own section? Is it stuffed in with the historical fiction or romance novels? Or what about a rom-com? You have to charge ahead with making those decisions, and more importantly, remembering what you even did. Which is horrible if you’re like me and you have insanely bad memory.
7. By No Way, Whatsoever
These are the people whose shelves really aren’t sorted by any way, whether it’s out of laziness, not-caring, or just not needing to sort it. Yeah, I’m talking to you. It takes absolutely no work to do, which is always a bonus, but it’s pretty hard to find anything, especially if you have a large library. But, I guess it’s kind of just a spin on rainbow in a way, without the rainbow, so I don’t think I should be talking.
8. Of the Bookshelf
I’m often victim to the crime of creating massive stacks of books next to my bookshelves. It’s the ideal method of storing for people with too many books and not enough shelves. It’s even more ideal for people who feel too connected to their books to unhaul anything, and who let books pile onto them (I am wholeheartedly, 100% talking to myself right here). Storing books on stacks is honestly all good, until the book you thought was on your bookshelf was actually midway through one of your five stacks. This is an especially painful realization, especially for those rainbow or non-sorters out there, who have no way of verifying that books are where you think they’re supposed to be, until it’s too late.
Anyways, that’s all I could think of, so I hope you enjoyed this fun little blog post! I thought it would be a nice, lighter read for all of you! I’m going to do my best to post weekly on Tuesdays, but with a ton of classwork and just work in general, my posts might be on the shorter size.
And as a bonus message for all of you US citizens reading, it’s Election Day, which means that you need to vote if you haven’t already! I know you’ve heard it a thousand times, but I’m here to say it again. Do what you will with it, but your vote really does matter.
With that said, happy reading!