If your heart skipped a beat when Beast revealed that glorious library in Beauty and the Beast, or if you couldn’t focus on the drama between Paul and Holly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s because you were too busy admiring the literary treasure trove in the background, then it’s safe to say you’re a book lover.
As a book lover, you grew up begging your parents to take your to the public library instead of the swimming pool.
You’ve dropped paperbacks in the bathtub, used a volume of Shakespeare as a pillow and think that a blanket in the park with your latest bookstore purchase is the height of decadence.
You’ve dabbled in Kindles, iPads and Nooks but they never seem quite right without that rich, papery smell every time you crack open the heavy, rough-cut pages of a new novel or a beloved biography.
While you’d love to keep every book you’ve ever read, your collection can quickly turn from a pleasant pastime into a disorganized mess of mismatched stacks. Never again! For your sake, and the sake of those beautiful books, we’ve compiled 11 mind-blowing book storage tips.
1. Make your books part of your decor.
“If you have home decor books or coffee table books,” Samantha from Simply Organized says, “I love showcasing them on bookshelves or tables around the house.”
The right decorations will make your space feel warm and inviting while reflecting your personality. Incorporate part of your book collection right into any room in your home — personalize your bare shelves and tables by leaning books upright against accent bookends, lay them flat or use them as a base to hold candles or trinkets.