BTT: Storage

Booking Through Thursday

This week’s question is suggested by Kat:

I recently got new bookshelves for my room, and I’m just loving them. Spent the afternoon putting up my books and sharing it on my blog . One of my friends asked a question and I thought it would be a great BTT question. So from Tina & myself, we’d like to know “How do you arrange your books on your shelves? Is it by author, by genre, or you just put it where it falls on?”

Well this is a surprise! My question was picked for this week's BTT! I changed my blog recently so the link on my name won't work. I haven't gotten around to letting everybody know (just a handful at best) that I've changed blogs, so, my apologies!

Ok, I tend to be a bit cluttered with things, but cluttered in my own orderly way (or should it be "organized in my own clutterly way"?). One thing I've very OC about is my books, and they can't be scattered all over the place. My books are currently in two houses: the one where I live now, and my grandparents' home.

Taking a look at my books, I realize that I put them mostly by author, then by series (first book to the leftmost, or at the bottom since most of my books are stored lying down). I also tend to put them by genre: romance here, sci-fi there, fantasy over on the other side (or wherever there's space). Non-fiction books are on a different area and are arranged by topic. My comics are arranged by author and by series as well.

Unconciously, I further arrange them by order of favorite. Say if I like a certain author, s/he goes to the part of the shelf that's easier to reach. Her/his books are also arranged by favorite and so on…

Here's a few of my books… there's still a lot more on the other shelf and at my grandparents' home 😀

I once spent the whole day cataloging my books and figuring out how to pack them when I moved. There was a lot, and I keep adding to them.


  1. Great question! I like your idea of organized clutter. I think that applies to most of us, even though to the unschooled eye it looks like plain clutter.Your picture isn’t cluttered at all, of course. Looks great.

  2. Oh, this is very exciting! These were your questions? I’m glad you could be my first BTT! I love your shelves! I had one similar when I was younger, with the desk and the stack of shelves on top. I’m getting my own place in May and am looking for something exactly like that!

  3. I used to have yellow furniture in my room (my elder sister’s pink, younger sister’s green).. lol. Brings back memories.. Pareho tayo, neat ang shelves, hehe.

  4. Sal – Thanks! Well, it’s neat now, but it’s starting to look a bit more cluttered hehe. I don’t really like storing most books standing but since the space is limited, I have to.Nicole – Thanks! I had something similar when I was younger, so this one brings back memories. I have another shelf that’s almost floor to ceiling too. :)Kathy – Thank you! Have a great day too!Janet – Haha, I think we all have our own “mess” that we consider to be “order” and don’t want others to mess around with it.Yvonne – Thanks!Beth – Thanks! I didn’t like it at first but it grew on me. Now, I don’t want to change it’s color.Stargirl – Welcome to BTT! I think having a desk-shelf is convenient. You don’t have to go far to reach a book you need. Hope you can get something great for your own place! :DTFS – Haha, thanks. BUt you should see it now… I’ll take a picture for comparison. Claire – haha, I had pink before tapos blue for my brother. Well, that’s neat now… 😀

  5. I shelf my books by author’s last name in alphabetical order. For fiction and literature, I single out the ones to be re-read and put them on a different case.

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