Are you a book lover? Do you have mountains of books all over your home and no time to read them? If your answer is yes, this article is for you.
Books are a great tool for learning and although you can find a large amount of information online these days, books are still valuable.
If you feel like your books are taking over your home, it may be time to take charge and get the situation under control.
Following are some tips to help you organize your books.
Keep, toss, or sell/donate.
As with any organizing task, the very first step you should take is to go through your collection and decide which items are the most important to you.
If you have any books that are tattered, stained, or simply falling apart – toss them. If there are books in your collection that you know you will never read again, donate them to a local charity or try selling them.
Decide where they will go.
It’s recommended to keep books in the areas where they are likely to be read. Cookbooks in the kitchen, reference books in the office or living room, children’s books in the childrens’ room(s), etc.
Store books on shelves so they are easy to get to. If you have them packed away in boxes or storage totes, odds are, they are just going to sit there and are not likely to be read and enjoyed.
There are many ways to organize your books. You can organize by colour, size, type, or even alphabetically. Choose the way that works best for you.
I also recommend reserving your easy to reach shelves for the books you enjoy frequently. For those books that are read, but not often – keep those up high or down low.
Take good care of them.
Be sure to wipe down your book shelves and dust your books often to keep your books in the best shape possible.
It’s also a good idea to switch up the way you store your books from time to time. For example, stand your books up for a few months, then lay them flat, then stand them up again. Doing this will ensure that your books see an even amount of wear and because of that, they will last longer.
Make it a habit to go through your collection of books every 6-12 months and get rid of the ones you no longer need to hold on to.
Also, whenever you bring a new book into your home, make sure you only keep it if you plan to read it again. Otherwise, it doesn’t need to stay.
Organizing your books is not a difficult task and it’s something that should be done every so often to make sure you are avoiding clutter in your home.
Only keep the books you know for certain you will read again – if not, they’re just taking up space and collecting dust. Let them go and enjoy the space they leave behind!