Organizing Books Collection

It’s time to organize your books, if you have been stuffing your books carelessly in all possible shelf spaces.

A compact book organization scheme doesn’t just make it simpler to find what you’re looking for — it also makes you pick up a book and read.

Organizing your much-loved reads doesn’t need to be complex or time-consuming, either. We’ve rounded up a list of some easy, smart ways to organize your books — no professional librarian experience necessary.



1. Sort on the basis of your hard covers and paperbacks

Split your hardbacks and paperbacks for a cleaner, sleek look on your bookshelves. It’s also a great way to organize if you’re a visual person.



2. Organize books by color

This organization strategy is ideal if you’re the type of reader who tends to associate certain stories with their covers, or if you’re just really into the idea of statement bookshelves.

The best part about this method is that you can get super creative — stack your colors, try an ombré pattern, or opt for a rainbow look.



3. Stacking your Collection of Books

Keeping all your books in neat rows is kind of old way nowt. If you want a handful of selected books to stand out, stack ‘em. You can stack by theme, cover, or size, and keep stacks on their own or use them to break up a row. There’s no wrong way to do it.



4. Arrange books by genre or subject

Group your mysteries together, your travel memoirs, your 18-century English literature novels, your cookbooks, and so on.

Organizing by genre and subject makes it a cinch to find the right book for your current mood and interests, so you’ll know exactly where to look when you need to satisfy your craving for reading.



5. Place your favorite books front and center

Instead of collecting your favorite books in with all their mediocre peers (then anxiously scanning the shelves every time you want to reread them), display them front and center where they can shine.



6. Organize your books alphabetically

Alphabetical organization works best if you remember book titles and author names more than genres and plot points. It’s also ideal if your collection of books is so massive it’s basically a mini library.

Even better than the sense of accomplishment you’ll get from organizing your books alphabetically?

The satisfaction you’ll feel when your friends stop by to borrow a book and know exactly where to find it.



7. Group together the books you haven’t read yet

Gather all the books you haven’t read yet and place them in their own special TBR (To Be Read) section so they don’t get lost among the other titles.



8. Arrange your books by height and size

Keep books of similar size and height together to give your collection a clean, uncluttered feel. The goal here is to create straight, even lines with the tops of your books — no staggered mountaintop rows allowed.