Elevating Library Shelves

If you have been wondering what you can do to level up the look of your space, take a look at your bookshelves. Library shelves can look exceedingly disorganized without some simple and easy care.   It's the nature of books to look disorganized on a shelf with all the different bindings and sizes. However, there are some small things you can do to improve the look and elevate your space.
    
    
   
   
QUICK TIPS
  • Take the covers off your books to achieve a cleaner look on your shelves. 
  • Spread out the books on your shelves in sections so that you can break them up with decor items. 
  • Make sure to balance the space so that one area of the shelves does not look heavier than another. 
  • The SortJoy Small Flex Bin is the perfect size for bookshelves. For any items you want to keep on the shelves but that do not look clean or organized on their own, try placing them in our bins. 
 
FULL PROCESS
Below you will learn how we suggest you reorganize your bookshelves. 
   
REMOVING EVERYTHING
Take everything off the shelves and set up staging areas for decor items and books.
   
CATEGORIZING THE BOOKS
Review and categorize the books. This gives you a chance to get rid of any that do not serve you and decide which book categories work best for your collection. 
 
CLEANING AND DUSTING
Do a quick cleaning of the shelves now that they are empty.  If you have lots of decor items you house on your bookshelves, you might also want to do a quick passover of those before putting them back.
 
ARRANGING BY COLOR
We love arranging books by color whenever it fits the needs of the space as it makes for a cleaner, more clutter-free look.
   
If arranging by color doesn't make sense in your space, another favorite option is to arrange by category and then by look. For some, this can mean largest to smallest or putting books in arrangements that just look beautiful together. There is no perfect science to this part - it’s about balance and design. Some people are really good at this part off the bat but if this is not you, feel free to reach out to us for one-on-one help. 
 
I want to note that color-coding will not work for all bookshelves as it does not allow books to be in alphabetical order. For large collections, it can make it really hard to find what you are looking for. Alphabetical by author or title are other options for arranging books.
   
PLACING THE BOOKS
Now that the books have been organized, it’s time to find space on the shelves for them. Arrange the categories on the shelves, working to balance out the space so that it isn't too heavy with books in any particular area.
    
PLACING DECOR
To balance out your books and elevate the space, arrange decor items throughout. 
 
LABELING
If you have an extensive library and you are arranging by category, we suggest labeling the categories so you and others know where to find the sections.  
That's it! Try our this process in your own space and see how quickly your shelves transform into an ordered oasis. 
 

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