5 Tips for Organising Your Books

5 Tips for Organising Your Books

For book lovers, there’s no such thing as “too many books.” We collect them and treasure them until there are enough to fill entire walls of our home.

It’s hard to enjoy our books to the fullest if they’re not organized in some way, though!

There are a few different ways you can organize books – any will work as long as you commit to it. Don’t be afraid to try different ways of organising your library until you find the perfect method for you.

Consider any of these 5 ways to organise your books.

Put Your Books in Alphabetical Order

If you are very familiar with your books and love structure, organising your books in alphabetical order will work for you. You can have your books alphabetized by title or author.

It all depends on your needs!

Organise Your Books By Colour

This way of organising makes more of a statement.

By organising your books by colour, you can create a rainbow effect that becomes the focal piece of the room.

Organising your books by colour gives a sense of structure while creating an artistic feel.

It’s a great way to organize your library if you have a more visual memory and if other types of grouping (by the author, subject, etc.) aren’t important to you.

5 Tips for Organising Your Books

Keep Your Current Books Accessible

It is comforting to have a book that is just right for how you feel at the moment.

Have a place for books you’re currently reading so that they’re easy to access, but not taking over the house.

This is especially important if you like to read many books at once. You can dedicate a certain part of your bookshelf, your bedside table, or any other convenient place for this purpose.

Keep Track of Books Borrowed Out

If you loan books out to friends or family members, you should keep track of where they’re going so you can make sure to get them back.

Keep a small notebook on your bookshelf to write that information down.

You can also keep track by using a running document on your computer.

As long as the information is all together, it will help you.

Write down the name of the person you’re borrowing a book to, the date you lent it, and some kind of contact information if you don’t already have it.

Organise Books By Topic

Alternatively, organising your books by the topic is a great if you don’t remember titles and authors easily.

By organising your books by the topic, you will be able to see exactly which books are of interest whenever you want to read a certain kind of material.

For example, put your mystery books in one section and make a tag marked, “Mystery.”

Do this for all your categories and you will be able to find what you want quickly.

As you can see, organising your books in a way that works for your personality and your specific book collection is important.

Whether you use one of these methods or combine a few tips to create your own system, you’ll be able to keep better track of your library, so you can enjoy it more.

How do you organise your books?




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5 Tips for Organising Your Books

This article has 4 comments

  1. Rebecca Whatmore

    Really helpful – it is a job I need to do but have been putting it off. I also need to go through and give some to charity. Great blog.

  2. Fiona jk42

    I’m glad I’m not the only person who likes to keep their books organised. I sort mine into fiction and non-fiction, then further sort the non-fiction into topics such as history, geography, etc. The fiction is sorted by author, and the different non-fiction categories are sorted by colour. It really helps me when I want to find a particular book.

  3. James Travis

    Really helpful information, need to start organising mine

  4. Diane Crafter

    my husband is a book worm and so are my 2 daughters. I couldn’t organise them by colour though. We tend to organise by author but not alphabetically just all the julia donaldson books together, all the mr men together etc. Some great tips. thank you

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