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 14 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.

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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    TristanPDX
    TristanPDX

    1 year 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 9 months 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

    1 year 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 1 year ago

    Omg, you're so good at this

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    danialsa
    danialsa

    1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

    cool

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    HelenaTroy
    HelenaTroy

    1 year ago

    don't think this would work for me - Murphy's Law, whatever book i wanted would be guaranteed to be at or near the bottom! which would involve a lot of lifting and shifting. And some of the books are slim enough that writing on the end wouldn't work for a visually impaired person.
    My fiction books are aligned by author and book size: I have two shelves for Terry Pratchett, hardback and paperback. My non-fiction books will be arranged with shelf indexing, as I have problems remembering where a specific subject is.
    But even so ... defacing books?? even on the outside?

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    winneremerald12
    winneremerald12

    Reply 1 year ago

    I have a friend whose favorite author is Terry Pratchett. What does he/she write?
    You can use sticky notes if you don't want to deface your books. It's on Step 3.

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    HelenaTroy
    HelenaTroy

    Reply 1 year ago

    I see someone's already answered the question! I have all his books, not including the spinoffs - "Where's my cow?" etc. Discworld and stand-alone single novels [Apart from the complete "The Long Earth" series, which I read and gave away; more "other author" than Terry]
    I have Ikea "Billy" bookcases at 80cm wide and two shelves is barely enough.
    The last time I counted, I had about 1700 books: I gave away a hundred or so because I'm visually impaired and the typeface is too small (I can just about cope with "large small print", if I squint hard enough).
    I have enough probs finding a book even when I can read the spine: using labels wouldn't help much, given how big I'd have to write - lol and writing 1700+ labels would make the later ones barely legible!

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    winneremerald12
    winneremerald12

    Reply 1 year ago

    I just realized I have a few books compared to others!

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    HelenaTroy
    HelenaTroy

    Reply 1 year ago

    lol as with most things, size doesn't really matter - a few that are very well read and well loved is nothing to hang your head over