Following these easy tips can help you to know where all your books are, loan them out without fear you'll get them back, and make more room in your home library. It might seem silly to organize your books, but once you take the time to do it, you'll be happy you did.
Once you take all the books off the shelves, decide how you want to organize the books: by genre, by author, by color - you choose. After that, start separating books into piles. If you have books in separate rooms, you might want to organize them by genre.
So, you can put the novels in the reading room, the reference books near the computer, the kids books in the kids' rooms and so on, but it's up to you. After you separate your books into appropriate piles, take this time to clean your books with a duster or a vacuum. Bookshelves get very dusty and are often neglected in housecleaning.
Loan Books with Style
Have a notebook and pen near your books to write down who has borrowed what book and when. Write it down as soon as you hand the book to your friend because, otherwise, you might forget.
It's also a good idea to keep bookmarks or bookplates with your name on them in an envelope in that notebook. Put one in each book you loan out so your friends don't forget who the book belongs to. This way, not only will you be able to find any book your friends need, but you'll also be sure to get the book back.
Put the boxes on your bookshelves against the back of the shelves. Then, put books on top of that box and put them in front of the box. This trick gives you twice the space on each shelf while allowing you to see all the books you have. Be sure you put books you use less in the back, as it can be a bit difficult to get the books from behind the first layer.