Genre? Color? Title? Hardback/paperback? Height? Alphabetical by author last name? How do YOU organize your bookshelves?
So I’m moving into a bigger house and will finally have my own library (OMG! yes!). Currently I have random books on random bookshelves all over the house where I had room. As you can see below, this is how my bookshelves currently look prior to the move. I have random books in random places, fit wherever they will fit, with no specific way of organizing. This makes it really hard to find a specific book.
But now I want to consolidate them into their own space. BUT – I don’t know how to organize them! So I’m asking you wonderful readers – tell me how you organize your own shelves at home!
Do you organize by: Genre? Author’s name? Both?
Is your home bookshelf like a library or bookstore, or is it a mis-match of random book storage like mine is currently?
I have my library currently set up with three books shelves. (its a small room). I arrange my books according to genre/subject. I have a self help/spiritual/Christian living section. I have a Bible section (because I own several) and I have a text book section from my days as an English major. I have a classics section. I have a YA section. I have a general fiction section and then I have a series section… In that I have the Outlander books, the Sookie Stackhouse novels, the Black Stallion novels, and all the books in Joanna Campbell’s Thoroughbred Series (middle grades series) up until #19… I also have a sell at the used book store stack in the library closet on the floor and another stack on the floor right beside the main book case of TBR’s. Once I have the books organized according to genre, I arrange according to author last name and height/size. My system seems to work pretty good for me. I can usually find whatever I am looking for and having a TBR pile helps with a restraining visual whenever I am at the book store and tempted to buy yet more books… I think my current TBR stack is a shade under 4 feet high.