While many homeowners have been enjoying some time to get stuck into home improvement projects over the last couple of months, there’s still plenty of things you can do to jazz things up around your rental property as well. Sure, you can’t go ripping out your kitchen cabinets or painting the walls, but you can make little upgrades to your place by reorganising and redecorating. In this piece, we outline six top tips for organising your bookshelves.

Take everything off the shelves

The first thing you need to do is take everything off the shelves, leaving yourself with a blank canvas. This process will help you to put things back that may not belong on the shelves, plus the open space will inspire you to think of new styling options.

Add baskets to the bottom shelf

If your bookshelf is quite large, try adding a couple of baskets to the bottom shelf for storage. These baskets are a great place to put odds and ends, so your shelves don’t end up cluttered. If your bookshelf is in your living room or anywhere else you use blankets; these baskets are a great place to store a small throw blanket or your favourite cosy winter scarf.

Add a plant or two

Breathe some life into your bookshelf by adding a couple of small green plants. The plants will add some colour to your shelves while providing a nice way to divide up different sections of a shelf.

Think about how you’ll order books

You can order your books in many ways. For a decorative flair, you could order books by their spine colour, creating another focal point for your shelves. Or, if you want to get practical, you could organise your books by topic or alphabetical order by author. It all depends on what your priority is for the collection you place back on your shelf.

Place unexpected items throughout the shelves

A bookshelf isn’t just for books and photos. You could try adding other items and keepsakes, such as trinkets from your favourite trips or a favourite candle. Just be careful of where the candle is placed if you light it!

Remember to group things

Grouping things in twos or threes is a good way to focus the eye, keep your items organised and leave negative space on the shelf. Experiment with which items work best together and go from there as you place everything on the shelves.

Reorganising parts of your home is a great way to add some design flair to your home without breaking the bank. Try the tips above today to see how you can transform your bookshelves.

Remember, this article does not constitute financial or legal advice. Please consult your professional financial and legal advisors before making any decisions for yourself.

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