How to organize a bookcase?

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  • What is there to organize? I have mine divided by subject matter as that is what makes most sense, just like the library and the Dewey Decimal System.

    If you are looking to "style" or "stage" a bookcase as that is a completely different matter. Flip through magazines, peruse Pinterest and design sites for ideas.

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  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 02, 2018

    Break up the items so it is just not a solid line of books. Good place to place vases, framed pictures, small artwork like carvings and other nick knacks. Just be sure not to over crowd items. Remember less is more.

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 02, 2018

    Hi Arlene: I organize mine by subject, gardening, crafts, cooking, etc. My reading books I organize by author, putting them in order of when they were released, or the size of book. I try to get books of the same size and then put a post-it-note into the books I've read. After years have passed, I'm half way into a book and realize I've already read it:( Hence, the notes:) I don't jam them into the shelf, but leave room for some to lean over and use some really neat book ends and nick-knacks here and there for interest:) Good luck and happy reading.

  • Jaculin Jaculin on Nov 03, 2018

    They may be called a bookcase, but my 6ft. tall one holds my jeans, capris, sweats folded into thirds and also all my tanks, tees rolled and then put on the shelf by category color and size(aren't we all hanging on to those that we hope to get back into someday?) so much easier than pulling the shirts out if folded and stacked. This frees up so much closet space!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Nov 03, 2018

    I try to do as Arlene does, I organize mine by subject, if possible, then by size if there are different sizes. Some I lay down, some I stand up, it all depends on the shelf size and just having some different. I have bookshelves where I intersperse knock knacks, and some that are just solid book shelves. I put paperbacks in their own bookshelves. I have so many books that I put my paperbacks two deep to conserve space. I have six bookcases just in my back room. Most all of them have been read and reread so many times that I don't remember!

  • Merrill M Merrill M on Nov 03, 2018

    If you're a reader, organize by topic (gardening, cooking, religion, crafts, etc.)

    If you're visual, try by color or size, and insert small objects among the books for visual interest.

  • Beth French Beth French on Nov 03, 2018

    alphabetical by author

  • Antk8 Antk8 on Nov 03, 2018

    Several ways to do it. Most have already been said here. The only other one I also use is a section of borrowed books. I keep these together apart from my own so I am sure to return them. Otherwise it is by subject, novels in alphabetical order. Disorder in a book case is expected if you really use them. Adding interesting items between or in front of the books softens the look of "intellectual mayhem"! Lol

  • Bonnie McNally Bonnie McNally on Nov 03, 2018

    Donate to library, any used store, goodwill, if you haven’t read anything by now, you never will.

    • Nancy Fisher Nancy Fisher on Nov 04, 2018

      Sorry, but not true!

      Once in a while, and quite often lately, I will find a book that I don't even recognize, but is about a topic that is pertinent to something that is going on in my life now since I retired. I had saved many books just to have when I retired so was not surprised. Then again there are the "old friends" which I read many years ago and want to read again and maybe again! And there are some reference books that never go out of need. And then there are the books that were written by family members that some one in the family will want when I go. If I start a book and can't get into it, I leave the bookmark in place and put it back on the shelf for a year or more. The next time I try to read it, Iit might be just what I need at that point. Otherwise it then goes to the library or a thrift store. I try to keep my books organized similar to the Dewey Decimal System, but loose enough to allow for size and use variations. (For instance, I only keep cookbooks in the kitchen.)

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 08, 2022

    Largest or Heaviest books to lower shelves.