10 Ways To Organize Your Bookshelf

Do you ever need to reorganize your bookshelf but not know how you want to do it? I think every book nerd runs into this problem, especially me. Today I’m going to list 10 ways that you can organize your bookshelf in case you find yourself in this never ending dilemma.

1. Rainbow/by colour

Personally, I was always scared to organize this way because I was nervous about the series being apart. I took the leap a few months ago, and I’m in love.

2. Alphabetically by last name of author

This one is classic, although can be quite a hassle to do. Unless you’re a neat person and don’t want your books to be all different heights and colours, this one is a great way to organize and much easier to find books on your shelves.

3. By height

I tried organizing my shelves by height once, and although it looks nice in the end, I absolutely hated the process. If you want your shelves to be super neat though, this is the path for you.

4. TBR/Read

I’ve done my bookshelves this way before, and I love it. You can do one side of your shelves with all your books that you need to read, and then the other side can be the books you’ve read. This one may not work for you if you’re a fast reader though because you constantly have to reorganize. The other way you can do TBR/Read is by putting the books you haven’t read with the spines facing out, and the books you have read with the pages facing out. I’ve never done it this way, but I might try it eventually.

5. By genre

“Wait, what genre is this?” -Me while organizing this way. Seriously though, this is a great way to have your shelves done. I like looking at it in the end and seeing which genre I own most of. Usually it’s fantasy for me, but I haven’t organized my shelves this way in a long time so there could be a different result now, but I doubt it.

6. By format

With this one, you could organize your books by ARCs, paperbacks, and hardcovers so all the different formats would be together.

7. Have a favourites shelf

This one is simple, put all your favourite books together, and do whatever you want with the rest.

8. Put the books where they fit

Honestly, I think a lot of us do this when we’re desperate or trying to cram all of our books in a space that isn’t big enough.

9. Chronologically by publication date

Honestly, I would never do this because I know it would take too much effort. But, if you’re that type of person that wants to be organized, this is the way to go.

10. Realize you don’t have enough shelf space (because there’s no such thing as too many books) and cry

You cram most of your books on your shelf, then look down at your floor to see 5 more piles still waiting to find a home. You shove them to the small space of floor beside your bookshelf and stare at the layout of your room to see if there’s any possible way you can fit another bookshelf into your room.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little post and that it helps you! I thought I’d do it to ease myself back into blogging since I’ve been very sporadic lately.

Lastly, I started a new bookstagram ! I wasn’t happy with my old one and I needed a fresh start. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time. I was nervous, but I feel so much better now that I’ve done it.

Thanks for reading!

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7 thoughts on “10 Ways To Organize Your Bookshelf

  1. hahahaha this is great!

    I organize mine by height, then by color, and I have a separate pile for my TBR, and a separate pile for books I still have to review. AND I also need more bookshelves because there are books on the floor. 😭😭😭


  2. I loved reading this post! I organize mine by height and genre! I really want to do it by rainbow but I have too many books now and it doesn’t look good sadly 😭


      1. Its tricky because I have so many black, dark blue and grey books, so it doesn’t look as good!


  3. I love this! My favorite bookshelf has one shelf devoted only to Harry Potter, then it’s by non-fiction and fiction (each alphabetical by last name). My other bookshelf is chaos. It’s kinda by genre and but also by height because the shelves aren’t evenly spaced and some are stuck, then one shelf is rainbow and the others are turning into put books where they fit and cram it full!


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