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Organizing Your Book Collection

Have you ever not been able to find a book that you knew you had? Books are a great addition to any household, but they do take up a lot of space and require organization. This is a guide about organizing your book collection.

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March 12, 2013 Flag
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I have moved a number of times and have found through experience that when moving my many books it is best to use a smaller box, when possible. A good choice for me is one that is 1 foot square. This will require the use of more boxes, but has saved my back and the consistent size makes stacking easier. Contents label on box of books.Bookshelf piled with books.

Similarly, I currently have a small house and can not have all of my books out on shelves. When I recently packed up some boxes with books that I had read I added a printed contents label to the outside. Now it is easier to find a specific book when I want to share it with a friend.

September 19, 2014 Flag

As an old person with an arthritic neck I have dreamed up a better way to shelve some of my books. I place the ones whose titles can be read while the book is lying flat on the shelf in that position. I can stand there and read my titles without leaning to the side or craning my neck. I realize this won't be for everybody but maybe someone can use if.

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November 8, 2007 Flag

I have purchased quite a few books over the years. I spent so much money on the books themselves that I didn't have enough leftover to buy shelving, and that's where I got the idea for this helpful little tip

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September 27, 2011 Flag

Books are among my most valued treasures! I believe they are part of what makes my house a home. As a senior citizen, I'd like to share with you what I have learned.

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January 16, 2014 Flag
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Recently, we got rid of many of our DVDs and video game cases so we no longer had a use for these tall narrow shelves. However, they are just the right size for paperbacks.

Use DVD Shelves for Paperbacks

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September 28, 2011 Flag
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My solution has four facets. First, go through and alphabetize your books according to title, laying them on the shelf flat with one pile for one or two alphabet letters. If the pile gets too large, start another one.

Books sorted on bookshelves.

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July 21, 2011 Flag
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I have organized my books first by subject, for example: home improvement, health, autobiographies, gardening, true crime, Oprah collection, spiritual, fiction, and non-fiction.

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July 20, 2011 Flag

If you have a computer, for the simplest way to organize your book would be to list them in alphabetical order. With that list, place them in a book shelves, starting from left to right (directional reading).

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July 29, 2006 Flag
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My problem is that I don't know how to organize my books. I have alot of them and lots of shelves. Am I supposed to do them by author or subject or something?

Thanks for your advice!

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January 16, 20090 found this helpful

I have an office with two computers (all the computer stuff and books are in one room) Along one wall I have nothing but bookshelves. I have books from when I awas previously in school, the books that have interested me in the years, to the current school books that I need. I have all my books that I have in one spot. All of them except for my collectables9 from my great granmother etc that I keep seperate locked away in the bedroom.

I don't use a DDS or alphabetize them. One shelf, is the fiction that I have read (holding up the books that I haven't read to see what I want to read next.

Another shelf for the references (thesaraus, dict, spanish-english, family bible etc.)

Another shelf for all the computer books, from pragram manuals to digital photography.

Another, gardening, dog books and a few home improvements books.

Another shelf is strictly for the current semester. I put my books here when I don't need them and have a file for each class.

Another for history books, another for philosophy.

There are a few other shelves that have just a few books, magazines that I am just starting on the subject. I use these at the upper shelves and put decrations on.

I don't bother with alphabetizing, As long as the books on the same subject are together, it's better than color coding. I did it once before, it looked great, but I was the only one that knew where everything was.

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January 26, 20090 found this helpful

My bookshelves 'rotate' by interest. The centre two shelves hold my current study/interest, and on those two shelves, the books may loosely be grouped by field or author. For example, I give workshops using the MBTI personality instrument, so my central shelves have the topic with the groups of (roughly) workshop materials, spirituality and personality, HR/Career, and general MBTI. Prior to this I was sorking on some history projects. When I changed fields to MBTI, I moved the History shelves to a different bookcase, keeping the same order.

What I like about this is that I can still 'browse' my collection of books, because sometimes inspiration comes from seeing something you don't expect.

One of the things I don't like about electronic library systems is that most all of them don't have a browse mode that is loose like the above. With an old-time card catalog, you look for what you want, and you browse the cards before and after it, and often you will find something else helpful, even if you did not have the 'key words' to look for it directly.

Bottom line, choose whatever organizational form you like, but if it is too tight, don't forget to browse a bit, too.

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June 13, 20110 found this helpful

I organize my books by subject. (Animals, health, cookbooks, herbs, etc.)

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July 3, 20160 found this helpful

I too have an extensive library, and finally have shelves to put (most) of them on. I have found the best way for me is to alphabetically by authors. All the A's together, B's etc. .. . Then If I am looking for a specific book. I can go to the a, b, c, . . section and find it. But then I also have other catagories. I put all my poetry books in one section, Mythology in another, Fairy tales in another. If I have biographies, I put them with the author. For instance, I have a biography of Charles Dickens so it is put with his books. I hope this helps. It has me.

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October 4, 2005 Flag
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I am looking for an inexpensive way to store all my daughters books. She is 2, loves books and has SO MANY! At first, I used a jumbo diaper box, but since she has accumulated more, it is overflowing and she can't see what books she has. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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July 3, 20070 found this helpful

If there are too many books for a child to chose from it can be over stimulating for them and they may quickly lose interest in the book and want to get another.

I would suggest that you have your child select about 10 books and then store all the others away, use these 10 books for a couple of weeks and then get all the books out again and let your child select 10 books for the next fortnight. You will see that the child will have a favourite book that they will chose every time.

I used to do the same basic idea with toys, I would have one big toy box that the children would fill with toys and then all the others would be stored away.

When they had a holiday break from school the first day was always spent re-organising the toy box, everything was put out on the playroom floor for the day and they would have great fun finding toys they had forgotton about and the next morning we would fill one box again and store away all the other toys. This was also an opportunity to throw away any broken toys and give away any they no longer wanted.

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July 14, 20070 found this helpful

I have done the same thing as u, and so now i have three -four cereal boxes, diaper box etc, and have picture labled them as fairy tale book, animal book, alphabet books, and so on... so she has learnt to sort also as she chooses to read one by one and the bins remain clean atleast for 10-12 days, after that i need to reshuffle them and tidy it a bit.Hope this is helpful to u..happy reading time.

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June 20, 20080 found this helpful

I had the same problem and I got two wooden crates (like the ones peaches come in), attached wheels to the bottoms, painted them and labeled them books. That way he can move the boxes easily and also easily flip through the books to choose what he wants to read. When I want to we can also roll the book boxes into the closet for a neater look. Good luck!

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December 16, 20080 found this helpful

Buy plastic wash basins in different colors. Different colors for different kinds of books. Tubs slide onto book shelves very easy and neatly.

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