Friday, 21 August 2015

Guest Post - 10 Ways To Organize Your Bookshelf

I'm extremely happy to welcome a guest on this blog today and her name is Madeline Osigian, she has a lovely blog of her own called The Little Decorator which you must definitely check out :D 

Madeline Osigian is a 16-year-old writer passionate about baking the world's best snicker doodles, painting everything yellow, and chasing bouncy bunnies. You can find her writing and connect with her at

Here are some of her social media links if you would like to go get to know her a little better :)

So without further a do here is the post she has written for you today :)


You have a lot of books. And I mean A LOT of books. I’m assuming most of you have some sort of 
shelves or closet space for all the books you’ve accumulated from bookstores, friends, and Goodwill.

Here are 10 ways to organize all those books.

1. Alphabetically by title: Adventures of Tom Sawyer (by Mark Twain), Black Beauty (by Anna Sewell), and then Cress (by Marissa Meyer). This way, even if you can’t remember the author’s name, you can find the book quickly (so you can loan it to your best friend of course!) This is how my books are currently organized although I’ve tried most of the below.

2. Alphabetically by author’s last name: This is how books are usually organized in bookstores and the fiction section of libraries. From Jane Austen to Mark Zusak, you’ll take comfort in knowing that pretty much anyone can figure out your system.

3. By genre: This way all your poetry is together. All your science-fiction books are together. The only problem with this is that it can get messy. If your new favorite book is a young adult, sci-fi, romance mystery, you’re going to have a hard time finding the perfect home for it using this system.

4. By color: Use ROYGBIV (rainbow order) to arrange your books in color order. This is one of my very favorite ways to organize books because it makes people stop and stare and “oooooh!” and “aaaaah!”

5. By the Dewey Decimal System: This one is for crazy people (no offense!) If you really like the 
layout of the non-fiction in libraries, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. This is very similar to organizing books by category. You might want to research this one on the Internet and at your local library before you go crazy. (I’ve never personally tried this one, but I might one day.)

6. Randomly/Aesthetically: This is how my super-bookish cousin does things. She tries to mix up the colors, thicknesses, and prettiness of her books. She’ll spread out her three yellow books on three shelves and spend hours reworking her “look.” Whenever she gets a new book, it can be hard for her to find that perfect place for it. So technically, this appears to be random, but she works hard on it looking just right for her own taste.

7. By category: “Series,” “Books I’ve Read,” “Books I’m Going to Read,” “Books People are Loaning to Me,” and others are great categories to help you get your shelves to work for you. This is especially helpful if you are constantly getting new books and giving away old ones.

8. By favorites: I know very few people who can pick a favorite book, but if you can, this would be a fun way to organize your shelves. Start with your very favorite book at the top and work your way through your favorites until you get to your least favorite. You might even pass on some of your least favorites so someone else can enjoy them.

9. Backwards: You heard me. Throw (gently!) your books on the shelves pages-forward instead of 
spine-forward. This is best for books you don’t use often or that have ugly spines, but it sure looks pretty on Pinterest and in decorating magazines.

10. Alternating vertical and horizontal: Make a pattern by arranging books vertically and then a small stack (so it doesn’t topple over) horizontally. You can make a checkerboard pattern or vertical 
stripes if you know what I mean.

That’s it! 10 ways you can bring order (or disorder, depending on your choice) to your shelves. Your books will thank you for giving them a little TLC.

~Madeline Osigian

Thank you so much Madeline for being on my blog today, definitely looking forward to trying out some of these methods ;)

What methods do you use to organize your bookshelf? Let me know in the comments :)

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