As a total organization nerd and Virgo moon, the prospect of organizing a bookshelf is tantalizing. Whether you have a similar reaction to me or are just looking for something functional, I hope this list will help.
1. Color Coded
If you find that you are more of a visual person and remember book covers as a way to find them, this method would be a good one.
This method is what most libraries and bookstores use. This is because it is easy to catalog and find specific books among many. In libraries and bookstores it’s normally by author’s last name, but you could also do book title if that’s easier. If you have a lot of books, or just want a straightforward method, I’d go for this one.
I have searched for a photo that properly shows what I mean and is also lawful, and have not found it. What the size method means for me, is if you have a decorative shelf then a pleasing way to organized it is from big to small or small to big for small quantities of books.
This is the method I’ve used the longest and it will be completely nonsensical to everyone but you. Basically, I make categories that group books together and because they are categories that I’ve already subconsciously had, I always find what I’m looking for. My categories range from ‘graphic memoirs’, ‘Holocaust’, ‘family’, and ‘gay love’, to ‘magical realism growing up stories’ and ‘oh my word, my favs’. This is definitely more involved, so tread carefully.
5. Random Stacks
I know, I know, it seems like this is totally not a real method, but I want to recognize that for some people having stacks of books everywhere or completely random shelves actually works. If you know where the book is, then whatever you’re doing is working.
Hope that this was helpful to someone, mwah!