In a previous post, I shared how to trim down your book collection by discovering and keeping only the books that speak to your soul.
Once you have dwindled your size down to a manageable size, many clients ask me for tips on how to present and store the remaining books on a bookcase in an organized fashion.
Here are 7 Tips to Display and Honor the Books You Cherish
1. Store specialty books such as business, cooking, craft and sewing books in their appropriate rooms. This will allow you easier access to these books when you need them.
2. Store antique and infrequently read books on the higher shelves of your bookcase.
3. Gain easier access to the books you refer to most often by storing them in the middle and lower shelves of your bookcase.
4. While you may be tempted to organize books in alphabetical order, the best way to organize books is by category, such as fiction, non-fiction, and reference material. For a cohesive look I display hardcovers and paperbacks separately, grouped by size.
5. Store children's books on a lower shelf so that they can have easy access. To avoid these classics from looking messy, store them in a basket and teach children to put them back in the basket when they are finished.
6. If you don't own a bookcase (which I run into quite frequently) invest in one. Or think outside the box and build your own floor-to-ceiling bookshelf next to a fireplace or a narrow unused corner of a room. Just find a way to get your books off the floor to display these treasures proudly.
7. To avoid a bookcase from looking cluttered, place a few photos or decorative items in between the different categories you have created. This really adds a nice final touch to your newly organized bookcase.
5 RESOURCES TO GIVE BOOKS A SECOND LIFE:
Once you begin to organize your remaining books, you may still find a few that just don't speak to your soul anymore.
- You can easily swap these books out at paperbackswap.com and bookmooch.com
- Need a little cash? Get offers and cash for your books at Cash4Books.net. They even provide you with a free box to ship your items in.
You can also transform your unloved books to help those who are less fortunate.
- Change a child's life in Africa by donating educational material to children who can't go to school at Booksforafrica.org.
- Donate gently used kids' books to Project Night Night . They will include your donated book in one of the their packages which gets distributed to over over 25,000 homeless children a year. What a great cause!
Genie's final piece of organizing wisdom: Whenever you bring in a new book, be sure to eliminate one that no longer serves a purpose in your life.