Quick and Easy Tips to Organize Your Bookcase

Organizing¬†your bookcase shouldn’t take much time and is something that can be accomplished within an hour (if you stay focused ūüėČ ) Read on for quick and easy tips to organize your bookcase.

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First, you will need to empty the bookcase and give it a good cleaning.

As you remove the books, weed out those you no longer need or want. Put them in a pile to sell or donate.

Sort¬†the remaining books in categories on the floor. You can sort them by topic, color, by¬†the book’s size¬†or you could choose to sort them alphabetically…whichever works best for you.

When sorting the books, be sure to place the larger books on the bottom of the pile and smaller books on the top.

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Ok, now the fun begins!

I believe that bookcases should “breathe”. That means that bookcases should not be full of books, but should have some sort of personality.

Take a walk around your home and collect items to display in your bookcase. Look for large, heavy items to use as bookends and smaller items to place between books. You can use vases, picture frames, plants, or anything you would like to display.

Don’t worry too much about the color scheme. Your books will be colorful, so your accessories can be also.

Now you can begin filling your bookcase. Place books upright with the spine facing out. Taller books go towards the edges of the bookcase and shorter ones are towards the center. Leave space open between the two sets of books for a display piece.

You can also mix it up by placing books upright and on their sides.  Try placing small items on top of the horizontal books to add visual interest.

Another option is to fill your shelves 75% and use accessories to fill in the remaining 25%. One shelf would begin on the right and leave the left side open for display, another shelf would begin on the left and leave the right side open.

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Be sure to change the way the books are displayed on each shelf so it doesn’t look too matchy-matchy.

Here’s a great tip to follow when placing your accessories on the shelves: Always think in odd numbers and apply it to 2 of the shelves. Example: Place 3 accessories on one shelf and then place 2 on the shelf above or below it. This trick helps balance the bookshelf and keeps it from having a boring feel.

If your bookcase is in a spot where there are small children, consider putting baskets on the bottom shelf to house toys.

As you can see, following these quick and easy tips to organize your bookcase¬†won’t take much time and your room will feel¬†more organized once you are finished.

How do you organize your bookcase? Do you have any tips to add? Let me know in the comments!

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Organize the Home Office to Increase Productivity

Now that you’ve¬†gotten¬†your kitchen organized,¬†it’s a great¬†time to¬†learn how to organize the home office to increase productivity.

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A home office can be designed for the work-at-home employee, and also for the person who pays the bills, keeps records, answers mail, and e-mail. Home offices can also be used by and designed for students.

The first step¬†to organize the home office to increase productivity would be to figure out what your needs are. Think about what type of furniture, equipment, and privacy you’ll need and whether visitors will come into the office.

If you are creating an office in the corner of another room, try to blend the work space with the rest of the room and keep it clutter free. You can disguise your office by using an armoire. The doors open and it has shelves to store your equipment and supplies.

You can also put an office inside a closet. The closet should be at least 24 inches deep and you may have to add an electrical outlet. Use a stock desktop and install shelves to hold your supplies. Be sure to add a file cabinet, paper trays and a message board to customize the office space. For a file cabinet, you could use a storage ottoman, side table or wooden box instead of an unattractive file cabinet.

If you have a room that is used only as a home office, you have more flexibility in organizing and decorating it. Invest in furniture that maximizes storage (you’ll always need more storage than you think!) and keep everything you need within reach of your chair-no farther than 2 feet away. Keep books on your desktop or shelf and files in a file drawer or box near your chair.

A drawer can be used to store pens, pencils, stamps and paper clips. A drawer divider will help keep things in order inside the drawer. You could also use a desk organizer to store these items on the desktop.

Tame the wires of electrical equipment by running them up the leg and holding them in place with Velcro strips. There are also wire organizers that can be purchased to help keep them out of the way.

Place a tray or hutch on the desktop to keep papers organized.

Having a¬†trash can and a shredder¬†in the office will help¬†keep the desktop from getting cluttered. Be sure to trash or shred any papers you don’t need.

Cardboard containers work well for hidden storage and magazine holders are great for holding magazines upright. Once the magazine holders are full, begin purging old issues to reduce clutter.

You will¬†notice that once¬†you organize the¬†home office, you will be able to spend¬†time¬†working instead of searching for items or papers. When your home office feels good to be in, you’ll become more productive.

Which organizing tip is your favorite? Do you plan to implement any of these tips¬†when you organize¬†your home office? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below. ūüôā

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The Best Way to Organize Your Magazines

If you are like most people, you probably have more than a few magazine subscriptions, and a ton of magazines laying around! Now the question is: What is the best way to organize your magazines?

The best way to Organize your magazines

The Best Way to Organize Your Magazines

First, you will need¬†to decide which magazines you really¬†NEED to keep. If you are holding onto¬†some of them because you may read them “someday”, it may be time to think about cancelling that subscription. You can also have the magazines delivered to someone else.

If you read magazines and mark pages to read later, consider tearing out the articles and filing them. Then when you find the time, you could go through the folder and read what interests you.

Recycle the unwanted magazines or see about donating them to your local library. Do not donate the magazines if you have removed any pages.

Next you will have to¬†find a home for the magazines you want to keep. No, spreading them out on the kitchen counter/table is not an option. ūüôā

A better option would be to store them in a magazine holder. Then you can place the holder on a desk or bookshelf. Once your magazine holder is full, you will have to remove and recycle one to add another to the collection.

You could also put your magazines in a basket and place it on the floor near your favorite reading area, or keep a tray on your desk just for your magazines. Again, when it is full, you will have to part with some in order to maintain order.

If you receive a lot of store catalogs, create a special place in your home to store them and when a new catalog arrives in the mail, recycle the old one.

You can also go digital with your subscriptions-then they won’t¬†take up any space in your home.¬†¬†Some¬†magazines are available on¬†your iPad, Kindle or Android device¬†for free if you already have a mail subscription.

Now that you know the best way to organize your magazines, ¬†you can begin clearing the magazine clutter that’s been accumulating in your home.

Do you have magazine clutter in your home? How do you intend to conquer it?

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