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5 Creative Ways To Organize Your Bookshelf Ahead of 2021

Updated: Feb 19, 2021

2020 has been a strange year and, I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to 2021.

There's no better way to leap into the new year than by doing a little spring cleaning and reorganizing your bookshelf in a whole new way!

So read on for 5 creative ways you can organize your bookshelf ahead of 2021.

1. Alphabetically

There's nothing wrong with going old-school and simply organizing your books alphabetically by the author's surname! Sometimes tried and true methods like this one stick around because they work. You can even take it one step further and use the library method: alphabetically by the author's last name, then alphabetically by title.

2. Color

This method is a #bookstagram favorite, and it's clear why! It's very visually appealing to group your books according to color, and you can get really creative by making rainbows, stacking colors together, or creating color groups (oranges and reds, blues and greens, etc.). This is a particularly effective organizational method if you're someone who tends to recognize a book by the color and look of its spine. They say "never judge a book by its cover," but a memorable cover really does go a long way!


3. Genre

Grouping books together by genre is often preferred by those who are frequently removing and replacing books on their shelves. It's less high maintenance than keeping your books alphabetized, and also makes it easier to choose your next read according to the mood you're in. Got a hankering for literary fiction? You've got a shelf for that. A mystery? You've got a shelf for that!

4. Read vs. TBR

Every bookworm knows the feeling of "too many books, too little time." At the moment, I have at least three new books on standby to read next, and this is just a mere fraction of my TBR (To Be Read) list! Which is why a good way to organize your bookshelf is by grouping your books according to ones you've read but are unlikely to reread soon, ones you've read but probably will pick up again soon, and books you haven't read at all. A big plus is you get to see the progress you're making on your list of TBRs!

5. Size

This is another method that has a lot of visual appeal. Many bookworms out there would rather die than put a pocket-sized book next to a hardback, even if they are by the same author, in the same color range, or of the same genre. Organizing by size can be a lot of fun, and makes your bookshelf look great. It offers a clean, minimalist vibe which should certainly make you feel a little less guilty about the quantity of books you own.

How do you like to organize your bookshelf?

Share your favorite method in the comments below!


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