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    Organizing a bookshelf can be fun, either for your librarian side or your inner interior decorator. There are several go-to methods for sorting books, but quite a few alternatives let you experiment with appearance and function.

    Alternate Organization Systems


    -Arrange by frequency of use. This is a great system if you consult your books frequently for research or reference. Keep the ones you use daily on the shelf at eye height. and a couple shelves below, where you can easily see and reach them. Books you only use occasionally go on the lowest shelves. Books that you almost never open go on the shelves above your head.

    If you have enough books to fill two or three bookcases, fill the most visible bookcase with the important books. If you have an even larger collection, this system may not work well.

    -Create a chronology of your life. Fill the top shelf with books you read in early childhood, and move down adding books in the rough order you discovered them. This one works best for books with strong associated memories – and for people with strong memories as well.


    Arranging Stylish Bookshelves


    -Create a dark backdrop (optional). The bookcase will look more striking if the backdrop is darker than the surrounding walls and shelves. Consider painting the back of the bookshelves to create this vivid effect.

    For open-backed bookshelves, hang a cloth between them and the wall.


    -Collect possible decorations. Know what you'll be working with before you start filling the shelves. Vases, fancy tableware, figurines, trinkets, candlesticks — your house is your oyster. Gather more things than you think you'll need, so you can test more options.

    Vertical, straight-lined objects look similar to the books. This creates an austere, rigid appearance. A few bowls, baskets, or other round objects lead to a friendlier atmosphere.

    -Start with the largest objects. Set aside the largest decorative objects, and oversize books if you have them. Space these out along the bookcase, leaving plenty of space between them to create separate focal points. A zig-zag pattern works well, placing these on the left end of the first shelf, then the right end of the second, then the left end of the third.

    -Shelve books in different orientations. Catch the eye for longer by varying the position of your books. Stack books on top of each other on some shelves, and vertically next to each other on others.

    Try a pyramid of books, topped with a small trinket.

    -Use small decorations for contrast. As you place your books, add a decorative object wherever it looks needed. Use colorful objects in contrast with drab book covers, or vice versa. A pair of tall candlesticks frames a row of short books nicely.

    -Shore books up with heavy objects. Bookends come in handy and a variety of decorative shapes. Alternatively, you can use any heavy object to keep your books in place.

    -Leave plenty of empty space. Gaps often look better than a shelf clogged with paperbacks and origami. This is especially important for open-backed bookcases placed in the middle of a room, which need a large amount of space to let light through.