When's the last time you really freshened up your bookcase, besides try to fit a few more books on the shelf? Living in your space day in and day out, you might not have noticed your bookshelves possibly getting overstuffed or outdated: we've got the tips to freshen them up and bring them up-to-date, an easy way to give whatever room they're in a quick before and after!
Declutter: Isn't the first tip on any how-to list usually declutter? But no seriously, you aren't gonna re-read every book again; start paring down your collection to make more room for what you have now and room to grow. Good ones to throw out: Books you forgot were even on your shelf.
Mix things up: Did you implement a neat bookcase trend that has surfaced in recent years, like organizing by color, covering all the spines or flipping them over so only the pages show? Consider flipping it back to the way it used to be or moving to a new book organizing trend.
Spread out and conquer: Don't stuff the bookshelf to the gills, leave space for tiny vignettes involving stacked books and favorite accessories, quirky art or family photos. It'll add a level of sophistication and texture to a space that a bookcase full of books just can't always do.
Consider a move: Isn't taking all your books off your bookcase the perfect time to reconsider its location? Don't feel like you have to rearrange all the furnishings in a room to feel like a proper makeover; a bookcase is so substantial of a focal point that even just moving it a little bit will change the focus of a room and create a fresh feeling without all the pushing and shoving of sofas and couches.
When's the last time you revamped your bookcase? Do you have any older book organizing trends you're currently rocking that you feel could use some updating? Can you attest to the power that a little bookcase refreshing can do for a space? Let us know!
MORE BOOKCASE BRILLIANCE ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
Guide to Styling Bookshelves
Bookshelf Envy: Floor to Ceiling Bookshelves
(Images: First image: Donna Griffith via of Style at Home of the home of Karen of The Art of Doing Stuff (who's up for a Homie); Adrienne Breaux; the rest credited in the above links)