Friday, February 11, 2011

About Housekeeping:: How to Clean and Organize Bookshelves and Bookcases 1/23/11

There are many bookshelves in my home with a lot of books on each one. I'm grateful that my family enjoys books as much as I do, but occasionally our collections get out of control and need to be pruned. If you have some chaos on your bookshelves, it doesn't take much to get them looking great.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 30 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Take everything off of the shelves. Taking everything off of the shelves accomplishes two main purposes. With everything off of the shelf, you'll be able to clean and dust more efficiently. More importantly, you will have a clean slate to begin replacing the items you really want to keep.
  2. Dust down the inside and outsides of the shelf.Using a clean dry dusting cloth, wipe down the entire shelf. Begin at the top and work your way down the inside and the outside of the shelf. If there are any sticky and dirty spots on the shelf, lightly clean with mild dish soap and water, before drying the area completely.
  3. Choose what to keep. This might be the part that is hardest to do. Make sure that all the items you keep are ones that you love, plan to use, or cannot replace. Anything that doesn't fit that criteria, needs to go. These items can be donated or given away. Box them up and make plans on where you'll be taking them. The sooner you can get them out of your house, the less tempted you'll be to re-clutter your shelves.
  4. Rearrange items on the shelves. Decide on how the arrangement will best fit and look visually appealing on each shelf. Are you going to organize books by topic, by author, by size, or by color? Play around with having books placed vertically and horizontally. Vertically stacked books can double as bookends and add interest to your bookshelves. Use decorative boxes to store items like the USB cables to your camera, the chargers for your MP3 players, etc. Don't be afraid to add non-book items to your bookshelves to break up the space and add additional interest.

What You Need:

  • Dusting cloth
  • Box for items being donated
  • Decorative items

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