Dear ATLA, No matter what I do, my bookshelves always look messy and un-ordered -More like storage than anything else. Any ideas? -Book Smart Dear Book Smart Our first rule is to make sure that you have plenty of books…we personally hate bookshelves used solely for displaying “things”. That being said, we separate our books by category (plays, literature, how-to and reference, etc.) and then by size. We love the look of books both upright and stacked so we can create a sort of cross-hatching. This allows books to act as bookends for one another and gives a few flat spots for our favorite things. Good luck!