If you are like so many avid readers today, with each year that passes your bookshelves grow more crowded. Perhaps you find yourself getting creative about where in your house you can stash books you’ve read but can’t bear to part with.
After some time, you may feel like your book collection is starting to take over your space! This is when it is time to take back control and figure out how to organize your book collection in a way that makes personal sense to you.
In this article, learn how to organize your book collection your way to find the books you want when you want them! (By the way, these strategies also work for e-books if you are running out of storage space on your computer or e-reader.)
Create Book Categories
The first step is to divide your books into categories. Novels, cookbooks, textbooks from Books Run, poetry, pets, reference books, home repair – divide them up into whatever categories make the most sense to you.
Next, gather your entire book collection and stack them into piles by category. This will not only help you see how many books you have in each category but will also help you get rid of any duplicates.
Prioritize Books for Ease of Access
Once you’ve finished your stacking assignment, it is time to prioritize how you organize your books for ease of access. For example, let’s say you need certain textbooks daily but rarely ever delve into your poetry books or recipe anthologies.
So you will want to store your textbooks in a visible place like on a public bookshelf in your living room. This way, every time you need them, they are right there to grab!
Then you can turn to storing the books you don’t need access to as frequently. These books can be stashed in less visible locations. Some good storage places for less-needed books include under the bed, in your basement or attic, behind shoe racks in the closet, inside seating cubes, even in unused cabinets in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room!
Be sure to make some notes about where you’ve stored these other books so you can find them later if you need them!
Donate or Resell Books You Haven’t Read in 12 Months or Longer
Did you know you can resell books you don’t think you will want to read again or no longer need? Textbooks can fetch a handy price on BooksRun and this can be a great way to earn some ready cash towards next year’s textbook purchases.
You can also sell other types of books online, at used book stores locally and even at garage sales. Donating unneeded books is a great way to pay it forward and help someone who can’t afford books enjoy the titles you’re finished with.
Get Creative About Keeping Extra Books
But perhaps you love books and you just don’t want to sell or donate or discard any of the books in your collection. This is all-too-normal among book lovers and you shouldn’t have to get rid of any books you want to keep!
However, if you live in a smaller space or you share your living space with roommates, trying to keep extra books can present something of a space challenge.
Here, consider using your books structurally to make or support furniture. You could stack your book collection inside boxes that you can then use as legs to support a study or work table. Stack them along windowsills or inside an unused freezer or refrigerator shelf.
Insert a piece of twin along the spine of each book and hang some titles from a coat rack with some empty pegs. And don’t forget about your garage or outside storage area – these can be great places to store books as long as you plan appropriately for seasonal humidity.
If you have space beneath chairs or coffee tables, why not stack some books there too – this gives your public living areas a trendy coffee shop or bookshop vibe and uses space that would otherwise go wasted.
If you need a makeshift planter pot stand, try stacking up all the books in one category horizontally. Place a flat protective surface on top of the top book. Then add a planter pot on top for a very unique inside green space!
Be Aware of Book Size While Storing Your Collection
It is always smart to stack your book collection with book size in mind. If you stack your titles horizontally, aim to place the largest, heaviest books in each category at the bottom.
If you have different-sized vertical spaces where you can stash extra books, try your best to reserve the biggest and tallest storage spaces for large or unusual-size books that might be hard to tuck away elsewhere.
Very small volumes are typically much easier to tuck away in the backs of drawers.
Don’t Forget About Your Vehicle!
Some people use their vehicle like a storage unit on wheels, while others never use a fraction of the free space available in the trunk or back seat areas. If the latter describes you, guess where you could find some room for your extra books quite easily!
With creative tips like these in mind, you can design a book collection organization system that works well for you.