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Would you ever organize your books this way?

by respaced on February 3, 2012

Why do some people choose to organize their books by color? I literally cannot think of a more inefficient way to organize books. Oh wait, yes I can. You could organize the books backwards on the shelves. Quick! Find your copy of Moby Dick in less than 2 minutes!:

Completely covering the book in kraft paper so you can’t even read the title also makes it nearly impossible to retrieve the book you are looking for. Plus, it would take a seriously long time to make that many book jackets!

Other bad ways to organize books include this method below. Can you tell what image the books create?

I’m not sure what to make of this one, below:

All these images make for interesting book shelves, but the books end up being treated as decor. And when arranged as decor, it becomes very difficult to find the one you are looking for or to browse. In short, the books become nearly impossible to use as the indispensable tools and beloved pastime that they are. If you hate the look of your books so much, then I say either get rid of them or store them behind cupboard doors. Let’s not judge books by their cover to the extent that they become just decorative clutter in our home.

But that’s just my opinion. What do you think of arranging books this way? Would you ever do this in your home?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle February 5, 2012 at 11:37 pm

No! But, I can kind of get the color thing. I often remember books as “that red one” and with my impartial photo-memory, I see the maroon, gray, and black. So, when I’m looking for it on my shelf, I’m looking for that … color.

Because I don’t have a library the size of, well, a library, I organize my books by size first. Heavy art, history books go on the bottom, and paper backs get doubled up. Then, from size, it’s thematic. But, that’s how I roll with my shelving. My dream library would look more like Dewey intended.


respaced February 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Dear old Dewey — every organizers’ superhero. I can see why if you remember more strongly a certain book by its color than its title or author why you would choose to organize them by color. I wonder how many people who use the rainbow system ever reread any of those books they own or if they are now merely decor. Someone should definitely do a study on this. 🙂


Emily @ Make It Happen Mama February 6, 2012 at 2:56 am

All I have to say is YIKES! A great example that organization is not always necessarily functional, LOL


respaced February 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm

In my book, if it’s not functional, then it’s not organized. If it looks pretty, but the user can’t find what he or she is looking for with minimal effort, then it’s not organized. But that’s my definition. Others might have a diff definition. Thanks for commenting, btw.


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