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Reboot your bookshelvesWhere once you might have either a) stuffed books onto your shelves willy-nilly or b) filed them alphabetically by author to make them easy to find, now’s the time to colour-coordinate the spines to create a rainbow of shelving. It beats redecorating the room and looks great – and might even throw up some gems you’d forgotten you had. Maybe make a note of where you’ve stashed your favourite tomes, though.Should you ever display books this way?
The case for spines: It allows for colour-codingApart from the obvious reasons for facing books spines outwards, this arrangement also allows for endless creative opportunities. For the neat freak, there’s the chance to sort either by colour, creating a rainbow feature wall, or by height, publisher, topic…In fact, true bibliophiles will probably admit to rearranging the books on their shelves on a regular basis, as a pleasurable and therapeutic activity.See 11 creative ways to display your books
Seek out a mentorFiguring it all out on your own can be tough. If there’s someone who’s already forged the path you’d love to tread, reach out and ask for guidance. At the very least, read the autobiographies of people you admire and follow them on social media – you’ll soon realise they’re regular people just like you and me.Tip: Set up a reading nook at home and make it a tech-free zone. It’s too easy to lose time scrolling, browsing and emailing when you could be concentrating on making progress.
5 Colour-coded your booksThis is the natural progression of the coffee table book stack. If you own any kind of bookshelf, you’ll know the level or organising (and pain) that can go into prepping for shot like this. Yes, some less-organised bookshelves can have a certain kind of ragtag charm, with their mismatched spines, haphazard groupings and scattered ornaments. But to turn your bookcase into a work of art like this one takes time, dedication and a true love of books. Plus, it’s very visually pleasing.It’s OK because…If you’re a book lover – and you probably are if you own any kind of bookshelf – you’ll consider any time spent among your favourite paperbacks to be time well spent. Sorting through your collections, grouping them by theme, colour or author, will reward you tenfold when you step back and look at your homage to the beauty of the written word.
Tidy up bookshelvesHow many books did you take on holiday this summer… and how many stayed in your suitcase the entire time? There are so many other fun things to do on holiday – sunbathing, eating out, sightseeing, relaxing, that books often don’t get a look-in. Winter evenings, on the other hand, are a much better time to tackle your reading list. Cosy nights tucked up in your favourite armchair with a warm blanket offer the perfect opportunity to dive into a new paperback.To set up the perfect reading spot, you’ll need to start by tidying up those bookshelves. Take everything off the shelves, give the shelves a good scrub and the books a good dusting, and then sort through all your novels as you put them back. Take any that you want to recycle to your local charity shop, and – if you’re the really neat type – sort the rest into categories or by colour. If, like me, you have a few favourite books that you like to reread every winter, move these, along with any new books, onto a separate shelf so they are close to hand.