The Organized Dream

4 Steps To A Stylishly Organized Bookshelf

by The Organized Dream

Keeping an organized bookself with style is easy with these four quick organizing tips! Adding the right balance of decorative pieces and books creates a great focal point to a room where you’re running short on storage.

When decorating your bookself, the idea is to add your own style while keeping it functional. Remember the “one in, one out” rule so that you don’t become cluttered over time.

Strategic Arrangement

Utilize the higher shelves for books that you’re not planning on reading in the near future. If you’re adding accessories, stick to what suits the space. Keep plants at eye level or lower for easy watering and maintenance.

Group Together

If you need to organize multiple categories on one bookshelf, separate each shelf by type of book (nonfiction, fiction, etc.) Add some interest by placing some on their sides. Placing books horizontally not only adds visual interest, but creates a stand for decorative accents.

Hide and Store

Use magazine holders to organize and categorize puzzle books. coloring books and magazines for a nice, neat look. Use decorative boxes like photo boxes to store remotes, cords and chargers. Bins placed on the bottom shelves work great for organizing files and storing larger items such as photo albums.

Add Style

There are limitless options when adding decorative pieces. The idea is to keep it light and airy though so keeping decor to a minimum is key. Great ideas include succulents or other plants, decorative book ends, statues, clocks or even decorative globes and orbs.


Decorating and organizing a bookself doesn’t have to be expensive. You can shop your home for simple decorative pieces or even take a trip to a local thrift store. It also doesn’t have to be time consuming either. Put decor pieces, storage and books where they feel natural to you. The whole point of a bookself is to keep your books organized.

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Joanne January 20, 2020 - 8:23 pm

Your bookshelf looks so pretty.

katie January 21, 2020 - 11:30 am


Kristie January 22, 2020 - 3:45 am

I never thought about buying magazine holders to keep all those issues of Country Living looking neat! I may have to buy a few of those! I just need to make some room on a bookshelf somewhere. #littlecottagelinkparty

katie January 22, 2020 - 11:29 am

They’re really handy to store and hide a lot of things!

Julie January 22, 2020 - 1:46 pm

There is definitely an art to this isn’t there. You can’t just bugn a mish mash of things on a bookshelf and expect it to look amazing! Thanks for the tips.

katie January 23, 2020 - 11:50 am

You’re welcome, Julie!


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