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The Best Way to Organize a Bookshelf?

There really isn't a BEST way to organize books. This past weekend my kids decide to combine all the chapter books they own, and create a "library" in the hallway.  I gave them permission and watched as they negotiated with each other about how best to organize the library.  In the end they agreed on a system.  I was also impressed that when after all the books were in place, my daughter asked if I could buy some labels so she could label the shelves fiction & non-fiction (she's one of those natural born organizers).
There are a million different ways that are logical and reasonable, so you should feel confident using whatever method works best for you.
Here's my personal favorite and other professional guidance on bookshelves: 
  • Store books by category and within the category by height.  You can easily find what you want and it looks neat.  Bookends can separate categories  
  • Bookshelves can be purchased at furniture stores (e.g., Ikea, unfinished furniture shop), specialty stores (e.g., Container Store, Pottery Barn), and department stores (e.g., J.C. Penny).  Bolt or latch bookcases to the wall, if taller than 4 feet 
  • The best wall shelving for heavier items, such as books, is a mount/track rail and bracket system (e.g., Container Store (elfa), Rubbermaid, ClosetMaid).  Recommend a shelf support bracket at least every 32 inches and at least a inch shelf thickness 
  • One or two oversized books can prevent bringing an entire set of shelves closer together for increasing space.  Lay the oversized books flat on the end of a bookshelf  
  • Line up books to the front of the shelf to look polished and allow airflow behind books 
  • Magazine file holders are perfect for grouping publications and fit neatly on shelves 
  • Label the edges of shelves.   Library label holders (sold at Levenger or Calloway House) nicely hold a label on the edge of a shelf and easily slide/move when books need to be rearranged

posted on: 10/11/2010 8:30:00 AM by Heather Cocozza
category: Business

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Heather Cocozza, PMP, CPO® is a Professional Organizer who organizes and designs tailored home and office solutions. She is on the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)-WDC Board of Directors 2009-2010 and is the owner of Cocozza Organizing & Design, LLC. Prior to her organizing career, Heather Cocozza worked 13 years at IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers as an ERP Project Manager and at times traveled extensively while her "virtual" twins were between the ages of 0 to 3.

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