5 Ways to Organize Your Books

Make a mini library with these book-storage tricks


Too many books but faced with the challenge of limited space? Read on and let these tips guide you!

Photography by Paolo Feliciano. Pictorial direction by Nat M. Clave. Picks and Production by Paul de Guzman

1. Set up a reading nook. An empty, quiet corner is the perfect space. Make it cozy by placing an upholstered chair, a good lamp, and a side table for your books. Add floor pillows so that your child can join in on the reading, too.
2. Wrap it. Don’t know what to do with books that you’ve already read? Then wrap them in parchment or butcher’s paper. This will create a neat, uniform look when you arrange them on your bookshelves.

Tip: If you still want to know what you’re picking out from the shelf, get a silver or good pen and write the title and author of each book on the spines.
3. Use found objects as bookends. Don’t settle for unattractive metal bookends from school supply stores – use found objects or heavy décor like vases and figurines to hold books in place. You can also stack similar-sized books horizontally and use them as well.
4. Create a library table. Pick a large coffee table or round center table. Choose beautiful design and art books (grouped by theme), and neatly stack them on top of the table. Top off the stacks with decorative accessories, and add a potted plant at the center.

BONUS FIFTH TIP: You can make a side table out of stacked books! No space to store your large, hardbound books? Stack them up high to create a side table to hold your coffee cup and even more books!

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