When I was younger, my mom and dad installed some bookcases in my dad’s office. A wall and a half of all shelves. Guess who got to transfer the books to their new home and alphabetize them? Yep, me. Fast forward to us finally adding some bookshelves to our house. Visions of alphabetizing hundreds of books for hours on end danced in my head. Do I categorize them by title? By author? By category and then by author? Do I separate the children’s chapter books from the adult and young adult books?
I decided to forgo the traditional organization and go for sorting them by color! I posed the question on Facebook and Instagram of whether or not it would make you guys twitchy and I was shocked that almost all of you were on board with the whole book by color thing. Now I do have to say that if I had a million books that I would probably have to alphabetize in some way. But since we have never had a place to put our books, we have not bought a lot of them over the years. Instead we relied on borrowing them from family and the library. But since we have only these, I felt like I could find what I needed just fine.
These shelves are on the left side of a window and I actually have four more that will hang on the right side of the window. Eventually I will spread the books out across all eight shelves and add some plants and things to fill in the gaps. I love that I have room to grow! I feel a book shopping spree is in order :)
I wanted to be able to have books on the ends of the shelves without having to put something there to keep them upright. I decided to try and find some metal bookends. I was able to find some white metal bookends (affiliate link) on Amazon. They had all different colors, but I got white because the shelves are white. The have a grippy material on the bottom to keep them from slipping too.
I really didn’t want them to show at all if possible so I tucked them into the inside cover of the last book on the shelf.
It was really that easy! I have seen others use glue and wood and an old book spine but I didn’t want to ruin any books especially when I don’t have a lot to begin with. You can barely tell it is there at all.
I realize that the OCD people are cringing right now. Some books are turned the wrong way. Never fear! When I spread them out, I will remedy this. I just needed my books on the floor so the puppy wouldn’t chew them and I was excited to see what they looked like in all their rainbow glory.
Would you ever sort your books by color or would that drive you crazy? How do you organize your books?
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