Messy But Efficient Way to Organize Your Bookcase

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Introduction: Messy But Efficient Way to Organize Your Bookcase

About: My name is Emerald M. I’m 17 years old. I’m all about dioramas but I’ll do other things, too. I’m a bookworm and building, creating, and the Bible are my life. I am also Homeschooled. "My heart said of yo…

Edit: I have found tons of brilliant ideas in the comments from people who have other methods and tips to save your books or just what to do with them. This is a s/o to everyone who had these ideas. Thank you.

This is especially for you, EJ.

Do you absolutely love books and have tons but don't seem to have enough space for them, no matter how many shelves you nail to the wall? Well, this instructable is for you then, darling!

I have a baby bookcase with lots of books. And when I say baby, I mean baby. I mean, it's less than one foot tall, two feet long and not even one foot wide. That's baby. Yet I still manage to fit my books in it. How? Well, I'll tell you.

(Say in the comments what book I'm reading)

Step 1: The Familiar But Inefficient Method

Vertically.

It may look great, but because books are so fat, you lose space too quickly.

This is my bookcase with 32 books in it. With the new method, I have over 50 books in my bookcase now.

Using the vertical method, it's kind of sad since it seems there's so much wasted space. But you can fix that...

Horizontally.

Read the next step.

Step 2: More Space

That's right, stack 'em up horizontally!

You may say, "Books were meant to be aligned standing--not stacked!"

Well, that may be the case (your case) but books are also flat and you'll find you'll have tons more space if you stack them up.

You may also say, "Well, how will I even know which book is which? I can't see the spine!"

That's where sticky notes come in.

Step 3: To Offend or Not to Offend―That Is the Question.

If you write or scribble on your books, it's considered offending the book.

I don't write in my books, but as for labeling the books, I wrote down their names on the bottom so you could see what the book was.

If you don't want to offend your book, you can use sticky notes instead. Label the book using a sticky note and just leave it poking out of the book so you know what you're reading. Then just stack up the books.

Step 4: Bookworms...

If you're a bookworm like me, you believe that books are necessary for...life.

If you have literal piles of books like me, this messy but efficient way can help you. It doesn't take too long and you can save up tons of space. I went from 32 books in my bookcase (using the vertical method) to over 50 (using the horizontal method). There's actually just 55 books in my bookcase. But that's a 23 book difference. Pretty sweet, huh?

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    84 Comments

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    yrralguthrie
    yrralguthrie

    3 years ago on Step 4

    With that sort of neatness, I shudder to think what the rest of your living quarters look like.
    50 books, huh? I'm thinking you are quite young. That's good that you read.

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    TortillaTortilla
    TortillaTortilla

    Reply 4 months ago

    I think it's pretty great that a youngun is being creative, though. Original thought that harms no one should always be welcome, that way innovation helps younger generations adapt to a changing world

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    winneremerald12
    winneremerald12

    Reply 4 months ago

    Thanks! Hard to believe I was 12 when I made this. My way of thinking has hardly changed now xD

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    TortillaTortilla
    TortillaTortilla

    Reply 4 months ago

    LOL I know, right? It's been a while since I was 12 but haven't changed much either! Just a hell of a lot wiser. We keep on truckin'

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    winneremerald12
    winneremerald12

    Reply 3 years ago

    Yep. Clean freak behind the screen. And is 13 really that young? Idk.

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    TristanPDX
    TristanPDX

    3 years ago

    Interesting. I have a ton of books (probably a literal truckload) and a significant amount of them are oversized. I think though, instead of writing on them, I could take a piece of paper and fold it horizontally (hamburger style) and write the label on that so the flat part that touches the edges of the pages shows me the title.

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    winneremerald12
    winneremerald12

    Reply 3 years ago

    That's good, too! And probably would be a lot more merciful to the books lol
    (I have no idea why I barely saw this comment now sorryyyy)

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    zakbobdop
    zakbobdop

    3 years ago

    I don't think anyone's said the book, so... Google to the rescue! It's

    Pride And Prejudice (Chapter 13, Page 1 of 4) woah, that font is huge

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    winneremerald12
    winneremerald12

    Reply 3 years ago

    Omg, you're so good at this

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    danialsa
    danialsa

    3 years ago

    nice idea but a suggestion(just my opinion):

    step1: go to a library or anywhere with a book scanner.
    step2: use the book scanner(it really wont take much time).
    step3: file your scanned books in a flash or cloud.
    step4: donate your books to a public library.

    now you have solved so many problems.
    1.you have your books digitally.
    2.you save space
    3.a good deed of sharing your books with others.

    just my opinion and what I've done.

    have a good one

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    monguin
    monguin

    Reply 3 years ago

    I've never heard of a publicly available book scanner, is this really common? I've used an office document scanner to scan thousands of pages of notes, and even scanned a few books by de-binding them, which destroyed them.

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    Captain Simion
    Captain Simion

    Reply 3 years ago

    The Gutenberg Project https://www.gutenberg.org/
    has over 58,000 books already scanned and indexed that one can download for free. Nothing to shelve or return. Please donate.

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    HelenaTroy
    HelenaTroy

    Reply 3 years ago

    So glad you mentioned Gutenberg! I was trying to work it in but hadn't so far found a suitable crack to wedge it into. It's a brilliant site.

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    winneremerald12
    winneremerald12

    Reply 3 years ago

    Wow, I read books on the Gutenberg Project all the time! The latest one I read was the original Swiss Family Robinson. So many survival tips!

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    HelenaTroy
    HelenaTroy

    Reply 3 years ago

    I'm visually impaired and have a lot or trouble reading: indeed, I recently gave 100+ books, brand new, to a charity shop because I knew I'd never be able to read them now with the size print they use.
    I did think about using my all-in-one to scan books, but it seems such a lot of hard work - not just the scan, turn the page, scan, turn the page, but I convert e-books [where I can] to Word documents sot hat I can then enlarge the text to something I can see to read - a pdf is a copy of the original, in original format, including original font size, so if I can't read the book I won't be able to read the pdf without a high zoom and an awful lot of left-to-right scrolling back and forth.
    I haven't visited my library since I moved here, thinking that there'd be no point.

    I didn't know libraries had book scanners! Thanks for that, I'll have to see if mine does. Are these just standard scanners? since a "book scanner" sounds like something special.

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    danialsa
    danialsa

    Reply 3 years ago

    hey, good work on the 100+ books, yep the book scanners are much faster and can turn the page automatically.

    have a good one

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    HelenaTroy
    HelenaTroy

    Reply 3 years ago

    that's very good to know, thanks so much!
    ps: tried to Google "book scanners" - apparently flatbed scanners and "swipe-over" scanners come into this category!
    Given the number of books I have, thought it might work out better to get one for myself rather than truck the books down to the library one at a time. sort of wish I hadn't given those books away now, if there's a chance that I might be able to read them - but hey, maybe I can buy them back from the charity shoo!

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    winneremerald12
    winneremerald12

    Reply 3 years ago

    I’ve never heard of that, but I should try it out. I’ve bought books from libraries before, but never donated.

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    danialsa
    danialsa

    Reply 3 years ago

    cool