There comes a time in life for a bookworm when you suddenly realize you just can’t stand how your books are arranged. It’s happened to the best of us. I usually can’t go more than a couple of months without reorganizing my books for the hundredth time. Once, I organized my shelves and loved it, then rearranged them all three days later. And then rearranged them AGAIN a month later. Let’s face it, you’ve probably been at that point too when your books are just getting on your nerves with how they’re arranged. You feel as if they’re challenging you somehow, questioning your sorting skills and making you question if you’re a good little book nerd after all. Well, I’m here to bestow knowledge upon thee who are looking for a different way of arranging your shelves. I hereby promise that your books are safely in my hands and I will guide you as best I can.
LET THE SORTING BEGIN!!!!!! Anyone know where the sorting hat is?
There are actually quite a few ways to organize your books by color. One way is to do color-blocking. You could also arrange your books by putting white and black books in between colors to act as separators. Of course, you could do a rainbow bookshelf which is how I have my shelves. Not only does it look really neat but it also has the power to make a room appear cleaner and more organized. It’s truly magical how a rainbow sorting system can really bring a room together. There are also a few more ways of organizing rainbow shelves. Here are some images to help you see the other options to choose from:
Just like a good ole’ library, you could always keep it simple and arrange your books by genre. I personally tried this method and I quite liked it. It allowed me to see just how many books I had in each genre and also helped me to see what my favorites were based on how many books I had in each genre. It’s a great method if you want a simple system that really doesn’t take too much thought other than the layout. One thing I did to help me see all my genres at a glance is I made labels with each genre written down on a piece of paper and stuck them onto my shelves to mark which shelves had which genres. Of course, there are those tricky books that are hard to place because they’re both this genre and that genre. However you choose to sort your genres, just make sure it makes sense to you and it’ll all work out.
Photo Credit: Good Keen Librarian
This one is for all of my fellow nerds out there! This one might take a little longer for you to sort through and arrange but if you’re willing to do the work, then hear me out. You could sort your books based on the time periods the books are set in. Starting with Ancient Greece, into the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, 18th Century, and so on. It’s a neat little way to stay organized and makes it easy to pick from should you feel like reading historical fiction or something more futuristic. Another way to do this is to sort your books based on what year they were published. It’s like a yearly calendar of the past but in book form, am I right?
Another classy way to organize your books is obviously in alphabetical order. You could do it by author name, either first or last name, or you could go by the book title, excluding the words “the” and “a” since they don’t count. You could change it up by also going backward and instead start with the letter Z and going until you reach the letter A. It’s a little quirky but still adds a little twist to this classic sorting system.
This can apply to any of the above sorting systems. All you’d be doing is simply stacking the books instead standing them up like most people do. There are some arguments around the internet that state stacking books is bad while others say it’s one of the safest ways to store books, some even saying it’s safe as long as there are no more than five books in a stack. Some say eight. It really just depends on you. You could stack only your smaller, thinner books or your bigger, beefier books. Or you could add stacks of books throughout your shelves, leaving some books standing up to separate the stacks. It looks quite cool if you go with a basket weave type pattern such as this one:
Photo #1: Source Unknown Photo #2: Gali Cnaani
Another interesting option is to wrap your books in kraft or wrapping paper so that they’re all cohesive and writing the titles on the spines or using letter stamps to spell out the titles. You could then sort them all based on the earlier options. This option is mainly used for organizing art books, coffee table books, or for only a few books at a time for decor purposes. But if you’re up for a challenge or are truly dedicated to the book sorting game, this one is a nice option to have in mind.
So those are all the options I have for you all! If you choose to try one of these out, then I wish you the very best with all your magical book sorting powers! Which one of these options do you think you’ll be trying out? How do you have your books sorted? Is it a specific way or is it more of a combo of these few options?