For a long time, I had to stack books on top of my dresser. It’s not the… best?? I guess it kind of worked, but my dresser goes up to maybe a bit below my shoulders, and after stacking piles upon piles of books on there, I ran into the issue of being too short. Well, there were plenty of other inconveniences (like having to undo entire piles for one book) and I resorted to stacking books in my closet. And then I got more books, so I had to add them to my dresses again and. Well. The point remains. I was in dire need of a bookshelf.
So I got one! Yay! Then it was organization time. My books went through various stages of organization, and I think I’ve kind of settled on a system at this point? Of course, it’s inevitably going to change in two days, but. I mean. Progress?
1. Rainbow Order
I was smitten from the moment I saw this idea while scrolling through Pinterest. I was in love with how gorgeous it looked, and new I needed it immediately because. Pretty book photos? Sign me up. I think the only reason I give it a 4.5 is simply because I’m not as obsessed anymore? I’m more into bits of decoration + fairy lights so my love has faded slightly, but it’s still gorgeous.
Functionality- ⭐⭐⭐ 2.5
As wonderful as this was, and as much as I loved this, there was the issue of not being able to find anything… honestly I probably would’ve gotten used to it if I’d just stuck with it longer. But. I didn’t. I mean I knew the general vicinity in which to look (oh, this book is orange I think! oh wait no. the spine is an entirely different color) but it wasn’t the best for me personally because my memory is terrible. And because all my book series got split up and it was starting to get annoying to have to look for them.
Overall, if you’re focusing on aesthetics more, go for it. It looks wonderful. But, if you have the same issues as I do, maybe try something else.
2. By Genre
I think my books are pretty, and that’s the reason I’m giving this a 3. Overall it didn’t look that amazing together? Like it wasn’t mind blowing or anything, and I wasn’t completely in love with it from a visual standpoint. It looked okay because the books looked fine together, but it didn’t have the “make me want to read” effect I was going for so this one also ended up being redone.
Functionality- ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.5
Everything was so easy to find, it was beautifully organized, and it only took a few seconds to get to my genre of choice. And, well, my book of choice. I think not liking the visuals of this as much takes away from how wonderfully simple it was. I liked the system, not the style.
I’d recommend this if you’re prioritizing functionality. It’s an easy way to find what you want to read quickly and there’s a lot of freedom with placement.
3. I don’t know how to title this.
Basically, my systems fell apart because I wasn’t very attached. My bookshelf has been organized into:
- Currently Reading
- Reading for this month
- Books I’m borrowing
- Reread these
- Everything else
And while it makes sense and I kind of like it, I’m in the mood to switch things up again so reorganizing time!!
The uh. Looks. Not great. Not because of the covers or anything, but because I’d literally stack books on shelves and expect it to be fine. I don’t know what I was doing, I was tired, okay. Bam. Justified. Yeah, I could’ve just put the books properly, and made it seem a bit coherent, organized, good. But no. It looked terrible, but the functionality was decent?
Functionality- ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4
I give this a four because there’s a .5 deduction for having to look at the mess I created, and a .5 deduction for the fact that it was literally stacked. Not even stacked nicely!! Like. I couldn’t even see the spines of some books. That being said, I liked that it was systematic. It was fairly easy to find things, and it kept me on track for what I was planning to read, kept me from the potential of losing library books, etc.
With better execution, this idea could’ve worked. And yes, by that I mean if I hadn’t done it at 2 am and refused to turn on the lights for… reasons beyond my comprehension. I do like this system to an extent, but I wish I’d done it better.
Dream Bookshelf Plans
I think after making this, I have a pretty decent idea of what I want my bookshelf to have, so uh. Yeah. List time. Yayy lists!!
- Organized, perhaps using the last system mentioned. However, I want this to be done better.
- Fairy lights for sure. Yes, I am aware I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with them but they make everything look better and you can’t convince me otherwise.
- Little objects/ fake plants cause I like the look
- Perhaps a bit of color organization?? But I don’t really want to split up the series
- Get a second bookshelf because rethinking through all of this, I don’t have enough space…
What’s the worst way/ best way you’ve organized your bookshelf?
Particularly best way so I can steal your ideas Do you prefer aesthetics or functionality? Let’s Chat in the comments!