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Organizing Shelves: Tips to Keep Your Shelves Tidy

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Your shelves are considered a sacred place for you. It holds your precious books, bookish items and is where you go on a daily basis to retrieve something you’re reading or to return one you’ve finished with. One of the most important things you can do is to keep your shelves clean and tidy.

There are many reasons why this is important to do, but some of the most important is that it:

  1. Prolongs the condition and wear of your books
  2. Improves mental happiness when you see an organized area that’s important to you
  3. Makes finding what you’re looking for quick and stress-free

So, what can you do to improve your bookshelves and keep them tidy?

Here are a few suggestions to help keep your most important area, the home for your books, organized and tidy.

  • Weekly Cleaning
    • Once a week, plan one of your less busy days to take down a section of books and wipe the shelves. This removes dust that builds up and if ignored over time, can leave unwanted marks and stains on your books.
    • For those with very large shelves, plan to do a section each week and determine how many sections you need to break the work into. This may result in a section being cleaned once a month or even every two months.
  • Having and Organization System
    • Everyone has their own way of organizing things that works for them. I’m definitely not here to tell you that one way is any better or worse than another.
    • What I am saying, however, is you should determine a system that works for you and get your books aligned to that system. Whether it’s by color, genre or author; even a combination of ways. Choose one that works for you and will assist you in finding the book you’re looking for when the time comes.
  • Aesthetically Pleasing
    • Everyone feels a little bit happier when they look upon something that visually pleases them. Making your shelves aesthetically pleasing doesn’t take much work and most of us have some basic bookish accessories that can easily be used as decor.
    • I’ve seen many people use things from plastic flowers to book sleeves and candle, to subscription boxes as decor in their shelves. Maybe a small potted plant or decorative book end. Find the things that inspire you and make you happy and incorporate them into various places in your shelves.
    • This will add some extra color and personality to your space that you will appreciate every time you look at it.

It only takes a few small steps to really improve your shelves and set yourself up for long-term maintenance of your books and shelves. Our books are extremely important to us, but it is our responsibility to ensure we do what we can to keep them in good shape for the long term.

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What other suggestions do you have to improve the organization of your shelves? Share your comments and experiences below for others to learn too!

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