I don’t know about you guys but I really enjoy telling people what to do. This might be related to the fact that I’m the oldest sibling (and the mom friend) and have kind of developed this thing where I love telling my youngest siblings what to do. And if they don’t do it willingly (mostly my brother) I bribe them with food. Seriously. My brother can be bribed to go grocery shopping with me (which he hates – apparently I take too long???) by offering him some fast food! It’s awesome. I get company while doing boring chores AND fast food. Win-Win!
But anyways, what I actually wanted to get at was the fact that today, I am going to tell you guys a couple of things I think you shouldn’t be doing while organizing your shelves. I know, I know. Everyone always tells you what it is that you should be doing – but why not switch things up a bit, right? And please, take my advice 100% seriously.
Sorting Your Books By Author And/Or Series
This is actually how I try to organize my shelves (and I want to make sure we put a empathize on the word ‘try’ here) most of the time and it seems like as soon as I’ve got my books all nice and organized a beloved author announces that they are
- writing a new series
- adding more books to an existing series
- write a new book in general – unrelated to previous books
and guess what? Now you’ll have to figure out a way to include those books by your favorite author with their existing books without demoting another author from their designated shelf. Because that’s just cruel. Don’t be cruel to authors, okay? They’re just as fragile as we are!
I am literally already dreading getting some of the books on my anticipated list because I have absolutely no space on my shelves??? And all of the authors that have designated shelves (or mostly designated shelves, some have to share) are blessing me with so many new books but I have no idea where to put any of them. It’s a tragedy.
Sorting Your Books By Color
For this to make more sense, I need to set the scene! Basically, you are one of the very lucky bookworms who owns all the books in the world and you love to organize them by color because it’s so beautiful and aesthetically pleasing to look at (and you want to make your fellow bookworms jealous with your ability to perfectly differentiate colors – that’s a SERIOUS skill). But that’s also where your problems start.
Because guess what? After spending hours and hours carefully sorting your books by color in all the beautiful variations of the rainbow, you’ve finally got it all on your shelves and you think to yourself ‘YES! Thank god I did it!’. Guess what? You’re a bookworm. You’re probably ALREADY waiting for at least 5 packages in the mail with new books that you will have to FIT IN SOMEWHERE ON THAT RAINBOW SHELF.
Enjoy spending another hour trying to find more space. I’ll just sit here and wait!
Sorting Your Books By Favorites
Though, hey! If you were able to narrow down your books to any number that represents your favorites? I’m really freaking proud of you! I couldn’t do that. Ever. And I keep changing my opinion. Which is right where we run into our problem!
See, today you might think book XY is PERFECT. You wanna name your firstborn child after it. But then as time goes by? You realize that maybe it isn’t such a good idea anymore (me with Twilight. I was obsessed) and now you need to remove that book from your favorites shelf – which can be a good thing! LOOK MORE SPACE.
But you probably also already read at least three more books that you loved and you only took down ONE book. Good luck squeezing in three books in that spot!
Sorting Your books By Genre
So you’ve decided to be reasonable and to sort your books by genre – makes for REALLY EASY finding of books to read! Which is always great! But guess what?
You just read that really, really great historical fiction novel and you never even thought you enjoyed that genre? And suddenly you’re waiting for seven packages each with at least three books all in the historical fiction genre. WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO PUT THOSE BOOKS? You never had any room for them on your shelf because you didn’t see yourself reading this genre.
Good luck figuring this out. And NO. You are not allowed to just stack those books on the floor.
Sort Your Books By Read And Unread Books
Oh, you poor soul. I don’t even want to think about how difficult this might be to maintain. Because you’re a bookworm you read a ton of books and you buy a ton of books that you’re not going to read until weeks/months later. But you continue to buy more books because you need a variety of books to choose from – obviously!
But where are you going to put all those books? Because even if you remove one book from your unread shelf – where on your read shelf are you gonna put it? You know your unread shelf isn’t actually getting any smaller and making up room for a new read shelf. Let’s not kid ourselves here.
You’re probably thinking to yourself ‘WELL HOW ON EARTH AM I SUPPOSED TO SORT MY BOOKS THEN, SWETLANA?!’ and honestly? I don’t know. No matter which way you try – you’ll eventually run into space problems. There’s never enough of it and we all know it.
If you love the aesthetically pleasing look of rainbow shelves (which I 100% get) go for it! Want all your favorite books together? Go for it! Don’t listen to me! Who am I to tell you how to organize your shelves? You don’t want to know how often I go back in and reorganize my shelves because I just got new books and they need a nice and cozy home. I feel like its actually about time that I go back in there and reorganize them again…
So, after reading my fabulous tips all about how you shouldn’t organize your shelves – did you find any of them helpful? Have you tried organizing your books by any of those categories and were you successful?
What’s your favorite way of organizing your shelves? And is there a way you love but just simply can’t do on your own shelves?
For example, I would love to have rainbow shelves but I don’t have enough books (in my opinion) to make it look the way I want it to. But I love staring at rainbow shelves! They are just so pretty.