How do you organize your bookshelves?
I’m doing a post like this in order to spur myself into organizing my bookshelves. In the past few months I’ve redecorated my bedroom with multi-colored furniture and old crap I had in my basement, and it’s a lot better than the stark white kiddy furniture I’ve had since I could crawl, let me tell you. Since I’m living at home before getting a job/moving into (hopefully) Manhattan (but most likely Queens) in the next couple years, the luxury is having the freedom to just let my possessions seep into every nook and cranny, but my penchant for organization is rebelling against this instinct. So–organization it is. I don’t have much of it when it comes to my bookshelves.
My basic “organization” method is to put books where there currently aren’t any. If room runs out, find a new place. If there are no new places, buy a cheap bookcase. And put it on top of another cheap bookcase. Clearly, I need some help…
the “Classics” bookcase, artfully scattered with weird souvenirs like the ulu I bought from Alaska and a music box that plays “La Vie En Rose” from a sidewalk shop in Paris. Espresso cups and makers are widely represented as well, for obvious reasons.
This was my first bookcase, one that’s built into the wall. When this space ran out I had to get creative. YA books, high school reading list books, historical fiction, and the Harry Potter shelf, in a state of disarray since I lent them to my sister.
Floor bookcase. Stolen beer glasses, contemporary fiction, some YA and genre, old notebooks, and the best thing I’ve ever read, Motley Crüe’s The Dirt.
1920s set of Charles Dickens, the first half (the second half didn’t fit). Liquor bottles (empty, sadly), a beaded lamp from Sicily, jewelry, and the much-abused iPod dock. Elephant finger puppet.
Thrifted used books, ftw.
And my personal favorite: on top of the wardrobe. I call this masterpiece, “I Buy Too Many Books.” Both TBR and recently read. I would kill for a proper library with adequate shelving! I think that’s a spider on my wall…
So that’s it! I need to tip my room on its side and let everything fall out, and then build it back up a lot more organized than it was before. I don’t even want to show you what my closet looks like.
How do you organize? By genre, name, color, size, or like me, with zero thought and reckless abandon? Let me know in the comments.