' clairefy: A Tour of My Shelves

A Tour of My Shelves

2.17.2016


Recently, many of you have commented on my bookshelves via bookstagram and Twitter. With my mounting interest in bookish photography and color schemes, I thought it would be fun to share an official bookshelf tour! I posted something similar a couple months ago, but seeing as I've re-arranged my shelves, an official tour post is fitting.

Previously, I organized all of my bookshelves alphabetically, which made for an interesting mishmash of colors. Since, I have re-organized all of my tomes by color to create a novel rainbow. About a month ago, I convinced my younger sister to aid me in removing all of the books from my shelf, and sorting and re-shelving them.


Usually, she'd reject such a proposal, but she agreed to help me so long as I helped re-organize hers. (Hers is now varied, with books stacked vertically and horizontally, and complete with stuffed animals. Perhaps another day I'll share some snapshots of hers.)

Sorting everything by color first before re-shelving allowed me to take inventory of the selection of books I own. I also (unconsciously) started an almost-series on my instagram featuring stacks of different colored books.

            

I have two white bookshelves in my room, and the extra space yields decoration opportunities. I used to only own one, but when I moved to my new residence, I somehow ended with both in my room. I actually received them from a nearby neighbor who also moved before, and my family and I spray-painted them white.


The shelf on the left is my regular assortment of books, whereas the shelf on the right is primarily decoration-and-school oriented. 


I primarily own YA (young adult) titles, although I do possess a fair share of MG (middle grade) and adult categorized stories. Surprisingly at first, but really unsurprising after later consideration, I own the most black-colored books above all other colored stories.


My latter shelf contains my Harry Potter books, which I treasure so much that I had to separate. (I am aware the Divergent series exists there as well, but only because I have yet to move them after alphabetizing.) The upper sections of this shelf contain tokens I acquired at a trip to Korea, while the lower sections house school-related things and some key items, including train letters that spell my name. 


Both shelves stand directly by a large window in my room, opposite from the door. This permits an optimum amount of natural light for reading, and, you guessed it, photography! 

            

In the future, I plan to continue using my shelves as a backdrop for photography, although I am still undecided if I will leave them color-coded or re-arrange them once more!

How do you organize your shelves?

25 comments :

  1. I love this post! I actually organize my books by color because for some ridiculous reason that's how I remember books and also because it's so pretty to look at. It really like how spacious your shelves look as well. As always, I'm looking forward to seeing future bookstagram pictures as well as blog posts ��

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    1. Thanks Gianna! The main reason I decided to start organizing by color is visuals, too. Although I typically hate separating series, I've found the sacrifice is worth the end look.😆

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  2. That looks amazing! So beautiful. But then again, your entire blog is beautiful. I know I already told you this on Twitter but all the colors make me so incredibly happy! I'd like to reorganize my bookshelves at some point but I am so disorganized that it never works out for me! One day...

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    1. Aww, thank you so much Sydney! I totally recommend reorganizing -- changing up my bookshelves every few months never fails to leave me refreshed.

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  3. Your shelves are so beautiful! I always organized my shelves by series, I can't stand having my series in separate places! But since I'm running out of space in my shelves, currently I just put my newly bought books in everywhere that fits. I really need to buy a new bookshelf XD

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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    1. I completely understand the need to keep series together! For a long time, it's what kept me from re-organizing my shelf by color, but Alyssa Carlier @ The Devil Orders Takeout convinced me to take the plunge!

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  4. *high fives* Fellow colour-coded shelver! I also have the most black books, while I have the fewer orange/green books -- it is so annoying to make it aesthetically pleasing. I'm still trying to work on a system to rearrange my books well.

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    1. Recently I've noticed I have few white books in addition to orange and green. Arrangement is somewhat difficult, especially if I suddenly buy or acquire a new book (shifting everything over can be a struggle 😂 ), but I love the aesthetic!

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  5. I organise my bookshelves by series actually, but I LOVE how aesthetic ordering by colour is! :D I use decorations as well - I find they add character and personality to the shelves! :)

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    1. Thanks Geraldine! Decorations are always fun additions to shelves. I've been thinking about adding Funko Pops and fairy lights to my shelves if I can purchase them sometime soon.

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  6. Gosh, your room is so beautiful and bright! I envy it!

    I don't own bookshelves, which seems like a book lover sin. I tuck my books away in boxes in the closet. One of these days though, perhaps when I have a bigger apartment, I look forward to displaying my books.

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    1. Thank you! I have a couple of friends who store their books on closet racks, but before my most recent move I was lucky enough to acquire these from a neighbor.

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  7. YOUR SHELVES ARE SO PRETTY. Also, I love how bright your room is! I'm quite jealous! :D
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  8. Your photos are so amazing! <3 I really love how bright and colorful they are. It's really great to see how you organize your shelves too. I'm always curious about other people's methods. Mine are currently by genre!

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    1. Thanks Alexa! And I may have to look into genre-classified shelves-- this is actually the first time I've heard of that organization method before!

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  9. I don't have place in my room, so my books aren't organized :( and i don't know what to do...

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    1. I'm sorry to hear about that, Salma. I've found that stacking books by color, author last name, or series can save space and be pleasing to the eye!

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  10. I can't believe I didn't see this before! I absolutely love your shelves, Claire! They are so bright and colorful!

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  11. I need all the bookshelf inspiration I can get and yours look amazing! I'm constantly wanting to change them around but every time something feels off to me. One of these days I'll manage to figure it out. Great job on yours!

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    1. Thank you Annalisse! I wish you best of luck in re-organizing your shelves!

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  12. Your bookshelves are really nice Claire! I recently (well, a couple of months ago) reorganized my shelves by color too and I love it! I too, have many black books, but lots of them have the title in color or some colored detail on the spine, so I placed them with the appropriate color, which made my bookshelves a toned-down version of the rainbow instead of a full on flashy one. Plus, they aren't actually in rainbow order, since mu sheves are divided in "cubes"... Did that make any sense? I'm not sure!^^
    Anyways, back to you: your bookshelves are very pretty and I'm excited for you to fill them up with ALL THE BOOKS and take lots of pictures for us to see!:D

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    1. Thanks Sophie! Organizing books by color can be so much fun. I think it's a clever idea to sort black books by title colors. I'm looking forward to sharing photos!

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  13. Mine are colour coded too. Except for a few series that are grouped together. :)

    I am new to your blog and just adore your photography.

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