Spring is here! And I’m on spring break so that naturally means spring cleaning. Along with spring cleaning comes decluttering and reorganizing. I ended up moving my bookshelves and reorganizing them… sort of.
Choose a Method
I worked as a shelver at my library for a little over a year. Basically, I was paid to put books back on their shelves by alphabetical order by last name after they were returned to the library. As a result, I organize my books by author’s last name. Old habits die hard. Appearantly not too hard though, as I like to keep book series in the order they are published rather than alphabeticalized by title. I tried organizing my shelves by color for a while. It didn’t last long because it drove me crazy not seeing them in alphabetical order. 🙁
Meet the Players
Introducing cheap (and dusty) bookshelves from Target.
And THE books.
The keeper of THE books is camera shy. But it’s okay because she’s not important.
There are a few things I like to do before I actually start organizing my books. Besides being in love with alphabetizing books, I also love to catalog them. I tried a few cataloging apps but they’ve all let me down so Goodreads is still my go to. I just use its barcode scanner to scan all my books and put them on the “own” shelf I created. Having them all there will be helpful for me later on.
Also, you can’t forget to clean up those dusty bookcases.
Step One – Sort
I like to shove all the books on the shelves where I think they will end up. Sometimes I fail, but usually since I’m really just reorganizing my shelves, I have a pretty good idea where they will go.
Step Two – Organize
Part of why Goodreads is useful is that as much as I like alphabetizing books, I’m also very lazy. Goodreads lets you sort shelves by author’s last name (among many other things) so it’s really helpful for me. I just follow Goodreads’ sorting and viola… Sort of. Goodreads doesn’t take book titles into account so when I have authors with multiple books, say Gayle Forman for example, it’ll just list all her books in the order I added them. If I Stay will be before I Was Here even though if you use the alphabet, it should be the other way around. My life is so difficult, I know.
Step Three – Beautify
Gotta add some accesories on the top of the shelves (since I don’t put more books there). Here’s the final look… for now. It probably won’t look like this after I finish taking pics for Instagram. Sigh.
Oh, and here’s a gif of the progress.
How do you organize your shelves?
Do you have any tips to keep them organized?