Thinking about finally bringing order to the chaos of your book collection? Try one of these ways to organize your home library!
1. By Author
One of the simplest and most obvious ways to organize your collection is alphabetically by author. If you prefer precision and predictability, this might be the method for you.
2. By Genre
There are a couple of ways you can organize your books by genre. If you have a lot of nonfiction in your library, you might want to use the Dewey Decimal System. You can also divide your books into categories that work for you.
This is my primary organization method. Based on my available shelf space and the types of books I tend to collect, I divided my library into six sections:
- General fiction
- Classic literature
- Biography, memoir, history, and social science
- Misc. Nonfiction, children’s, and young adult books
- Christian living and theology
- Medical science, health and wellness, and cookbooks
I don’t have enough space to be too specific but these general groupings make it easier when I need to locate a certain book.
3. By Publisher
I know quite a few book bloggers who closely track which imprints they tend to like. If that’s you, you might want to try sorting your books by publisher. It might make it easier for you to identify trends and decide which imprints you want to read more of in the future.
4. By Size
Organizing your books by size is perfect if you have limited shelf space. I used to completely rely on this method and it allowed me to squeeze books into every nook and cranny. I still use it as a secondary method to help me optimize space within sections.6 Creative Ways to Organize Your Home LibraryClick To Tweet
5. By Color
While searching for photos of rainbow bookshelves online, I discovered that there are people who have a real disdain for bookshelves arranged by color (and possibly the people who arranged them that way). Apartment Therapy called rainbow bookshelves–I kid you not–“controversial”.
Some of the arguments against rainbow shelves are that they are ridiculous, frivolous, and make it difficult to locate specific books in the polychromatic milieu. Haters. If you want rainbow bookshelves, go for it. They’re pretty and if you know your spines, it won’t be difficult to find books at all.
6. The Combo Method
You don’t have to confine yourself to one method! As I mentioned before, I primarily organize my books by genre, then author. When possible, I also group them by size to optimize my shelf space, then by color to make things look a little less scattered. Use whatever method or methods work best for you!
How do you organize your books?