As you’ve probably gathered from some of my last discussions, I’m extremely OCD, particularly when it comes to books (for a more inclusive rant on the topic, click here). Unfortunately, this also holds true for my bookshelves, which are constantly scrutinized and rearranged for a variety of reasons – aesthetic appeal, finding room for newly acquired books, attempting to categorize them in some manner, etc.
If you missed my last post, here are pictures of my books as they are currently arranged (click to enlarge). And no, I can not make any promises that my books will remain like this for any length of time:
A few years ago, I went through a peculiar phase in which I reorganized my books multiple times per week, almost on a daily basis. To this day, I still can’t figure out if I was a particularly bored child or if I was beginning to develop a few mildly obsessive habits which have simply manifested themselves as I’ve gotten older.
While I’ve stopped rearranged my bookshelves 4-5 times per week, I tend to pull all of my books off the shelves approximately once a month, scramble them up, and meticulously arrange them on my shelves.. Does anyone else find this process to be fairly time consuming? It takes me a good 2-3 hours…on a good day…
Despite this constant rearranging, I’ve never been able to find an organization system that works for me. I’m not a huge fan of alphabetizing books by title or author name, and arranging them by genre is always tricky because many books could be classified as multiple genres. I’ve always wanted to reorganize my books by color, but I’m too scared – I don’t know how I feel about separating books from a respective series and I’m fearful that, after all of that work, I won’t enjoy it. Therefore, my books are currently arranged in a hodgepodge of varying titles/authors, genres, and colors. I also don’t have a designated area for books that are in my TBR pile, they’re just randomly interspersed throughout my shelves.
How do you organize your shelves? Any advice as to how I could reorder mine?