My shelves were reorganised about 2 years ago into some kind of “theme”. For example: all the books by one author were out together; books based in or set around “Asia” or “Indian Subcontinent”) were grouped together. This worked well for a while, until I realised that if I had just finished a book set in India, I rarely wanted to go straight into another book based in India – I often wanted something completely different.
Also, with the movement of some stuff on the shelves, and the absorption of some books from Bookcrossing, the shelves started getting a little messy to say the least.
The picture above is an example of the mess it was in. Stuff stacked with no rhyme or reason, and generally looking a mess.
One of my objectives at the beginning of the year was to reorganise my bookshelves, but when it came down to it, I wasn’t up to a full reorg. The picture below gives some indication of what I was up against! These are JUST the TBRs!
What I ended up doing
What you cant see from the photos above is that there is storage space below the books, that I took the chance to tidy up as well. This meant that I moved crates of stuff away, but it did mean that there were crates lying all around my sitting room, making it even more cluttered. I needed to put them back but it meant that I wasn’t in the mood to therefore dismantle so many books in order to do a full reorg (those shelves are double deep in books, so there are twice as many as you would think.
Therefore I did a partial reorg, going back to my original stacking process of going by book height. Below is what my shelves look like now: not a huge difference but it makes the place look a little tidier
So: what do your shelves look like? Do you need to do a tidy up? How do you organise them – is there some kind of plan in place?