This week's challenge is all about purging and organizing books. This post will accompany your challenge. The process of clearing out books can be overwhelming if you have many of them throughout the home.
First, start out by taking all the books throughout the home and place them in one room. Check inside drawers and closets where books may be stored. Don't forget to go through your moving boxes for books since these boxes are the last things that get pulled out after a move.
Vertical space works best for books, Finding a tall floor to ceiling bookshelf will make keeping all your books in one place easier.
Start the process and get rid of the books you want to give away. Make a pile of books for donating, selling, and give to family members. These piles will remind you of the next steps in the process.
Make a plan to get rid of each pile of books. Then, get rid of the books that you don't want. Donate them to a nearby used bookstore or visit your nearby public library.
To decide how you want to organize the book collection, ask yourself these questions. When I need to find a book, what do I look for first? The author's name? The name of the book? The type of the book? The color or picture in the book?
Here are five ways to organize your books (in no particular order):
By genre? Sorting the books by categories works for romance, science fiction, realistic fiction, etc...
By author or series? If you collect your books by particular authors and like series, you can organize your books by author's last name or by the series title.
Organize by color. Interior designers like to organize the books by color, so it is less distracting to the eye. Grouping the same color books will give you groups of color that will be pleasing to the eye.
Chronological order? This is useful for scrapbook or photo album organization and other time-related books like yearbooks.
By activity? If you do crafts and have many reference books, maybe you would prefer organizing the books by the type of work or activity you would use that reference book for in your day to day life.
If you find that you need even more organization to find a book, after you sort them into a group, go back and sort them in ABC order by the last name of the author or by title. Either way, will help you get to the book you want quickly and easily. Keep in mind this additional step of organization may be extra work to keep organized. If you don't need this level of detail, I suggest not using it. It's one thing to be organized and another thing to be meticulously organized. It will be difficult for others who may use the bookcase to keep up with the system.
Other articles I found that also were helpful with organizing books:
Whichever method you decide to use for your library, stay consistent and simple. This will help everyone in your home remember the system. Now, it's your turn. Do you organize your bookshelves? What method do you use? Please leave a comment below.
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