Ways to Organise your Bookshelves

Hi everyone!

So, I’m running out of space on my bookshelves to fit books and because of this I was thinking of ways to organise them better. As I was thinking, I thought I could share the ideas that I came up with to help any of you in the same boat. Here are some suggestions for how you might like to organise your books.

The first one that comes to mind is Alphabetical.

-There are two main ways you can do this, by author’s last (or first?) name or the name of the book itself.

For example if you took Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

For author’s last name you would place Collins first and then Roth. First name would go the other way around.

For the name of the book you would place Divergent first and then The Hunger Games. (Also, you usually don’t count a’s or the’s as part of the name if it’s the first word).

-The second way you could organise is by Genre.

This is a very open ended one. You could place your books in the genre that you think they belong in. Here are a few broad ones.

  • -Sci-Fi
  • Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Classics
  • Contemporary
  • Dystopian
  • Non-Fiction

Whatever type of books you own, place them in genres and organise that way.

-Another way you can arrange is through Colour. The most popular way is rainbow colours. For this, I would suggest,

  • Red – Orange – Yellow – Green – Blue – Purple – Black – Grey – White

However, you could also order colours into colours that mean something special to you. For example if you live in America you could use the colours red, white and blue from the flag. Or you could choose to organise from colours of your favourite sports team, whatever you like!

-Another rather basic way to group rather smartly is Height. Again, you could do this a few different ways.

  • By shelf, you could have all the books that are the same size on one level and the next level down the size larger etc
  • Or you could organise by starting at the smallest book you own and gradually getting larger. This option is also very open ended. You could get larger but then in the middle start to get smaller again, it really is all about imagination.

-A rather forgotten about option is through Chronological Order. This can also be done a few different ways.

  • You could categorise your bookshelves in the order that you received or bought your books.
  • Or you could order them by the dates they were published.

This option is a more sentimental way of assembling books.

-Finally, be creative and make combinations of multiple organisation techniques.

eg. You could mix the genre option with the alphabetical option or the height option with the colour option. Whatever you like!

I hope this helped anyone out there struggling to get creative with their bookshelves and gave them a few ideas. Let me know how you order your bookshelves in the comments or if there are any other ways you can do it.

As always, thanks for reading and I will see you in my next post.

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4 thoughts on “Ways to Organise your Bookshelves

  1. As much as I love my collection of books, I could not ever do that. I have absolutely no patience. But I love seeing bookcases organized by color.


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