How to organize bookshelves

Like with like. I’ve heard this organizational idea quite often. Keep like things together. I thought I had been following it, until I did a bit of reorganizing last weekend.

First I worked on my bookshelves. I have one in my office, one in the bedroom and one in the living room. All three had various categories of books. And my office had three extra stacks of books that I started last year, but lost interest in.

The stacks of books taunted me and drained my energy. While the kids and my husband were gone, I took all my books and piled them into stacks according to category. Home, Creativity, Novels, Reference, Family, Personal Development, etc. Then I decided which category would go into which bookshelf. One category per shelf for the most part. The books that overfilled their shelf were first in line to be decluttered. And other shelves have room to grow. I labeled the shelves feeling rather organized.

I found some books that I may want to read this year that I never finished, so I listed them in a notebook. I didn’t want them to be forgotten. Once I read my current books I can check my notebook for what to read next. No more “to read” piles.

My library books are on my file cabinet. And finally, I have my stack of 5 books I am reading. I got the idea from Mark Forster’s blog post. I rarely read just one book at a time and this system allows me to flow through several books until they are completed. If another book catches my interest or I buy a new book, I can write them in my notebook and shelve them in their proper place until it is time to read them.