Organization Inspiration: Neat & Beautiful Bookshelves

Maybe I missed my calling as a librarian, but as a lifelong bookworm I've always liked to see my paperbacks and hardcovers cared for and kept in order.

While bookshelves perform the necessary job of holding literary collections, their good looks or disorder can really affect the overall feel of a room. Who wants to face a slovenly heap of books every day? On the other hand, a neat bookshelf adds color and texture. (I'd also love to need one of those ladders.)

The way to organize them is up to you; I personally prefer going alphabetical by author. You can also go bookstore style and take advantage of interesting cover art by facing a few books out (Image 2).

Now, most of us won't need the insane amount of shelving seen in Image 4, but if you have more books than your space can handle, consider a purge. I hate to get rid of books, but Sarah has some helpful ideas for decluttering your bookshelves.

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Images: 1. Design*Sponge 2. Lonny 3. The Estate of Things 4. The Selby 5. Freunde von Freuden 6. Mat Sanders for Apartment Therapy 7. Plastolux 8. New York Social Diary 9. Elle Decor 10. Design*Sponge via I Suwannee