Organizing a Bookshelf

We realize 90% of everyone who reads this doesn’t live in New York City, but the reality is that if you can organize an apartment in New York City, you can organize an apartment anywhere. That’s why we’ve put together 10 tips to guide you through the often emotionally messy process of organizing your small apartment. Remember: it’s your job to make every nook and cranny count!

Clear the shelves...

This first tip is self-explanatory. Like Marie Kondo suggests, start your organizing by pulling every book off the shelf. This way when you start going through them stack by stack, the books that spark the most joy will easily pop out. While this is a daunting task when your bookshelf covers an entire wall, the results will be worth it.

To read, or not to read?

When you are going through your piles it might be helpful to set aside the books you haven’t read yet. This way you can revisit that book you got for your birthday and really decide if its worth the time to read. Once you separate the books you still have on your reading list, put them on their own shelf. This will encourage you to read and make room for new unread books as you collect more.


This is the fun part. With all the extra time at home people have been getting creative with their bookshelf organization. You can organize them by author like a library, arrange them artistically with accent plants, pictures, art, etc. or you can place them by color. Whatever way you choose make sure it will highlight the books that bring you the most joy.

Cleaning Up

Now that you have your books ready to donate or sell it might be harder to find an organization during the pandemic. Make sure to check out our article (here) from two weeks ago for more tips and resources. Happy Reading!

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