October is National Book Month. Here are some tips for how to organize your books at home:
Start by emptying your shelves and sorting through your books. You can categorize them alphabetically or by color or genre. If you’ve not read a book in over a year, consider passing it on to a friend. Store books where you’ll use them. Keep your kids’ books at a child-friendly height in your family room. Group your books by size, keeping paperbacks and hard covers separate. If space is an issue, consider stacking large volumes no more than three high.
Keep your books’ pages dust free by taking a vacuum or microfiber cloth and working from the spine out and keeping the spine close. Avoid cleaning books with wet cleansers and if you need to clean the shelves, allow enough drying time before restocking stacks.
To maximize shelf space consider making a DIY shelf riser, saving boxes from waxed paper, plastic wrap or foil, leaving the empty rolls inside for support. Put the boxes at the back of the shelf and wrap with acid-free paper from your local craft store. Then arrange your books on top of the box or in front, leaving enough space in between.