Disclaimer: this is a humourous post meant to amuse, not to instruct. You have been warned. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’ve been in the bookworm life for very long, you probably own a fair stack of books. And if you own a stack of books, you’ve probably got a bookshelf as well.

And if you’re at all a visual aesthetic sort of person, you’ve probably had the dilemma “how can I make my bookshelf look gorgeous?”


Today I’m here to save your bacon. Let me take you on a completely legit step-by-step process so that you too can have aesthetic bookshelves like none other.


Have a nice bookshelf

Obviously you need a bookshelf to have an aesthetic bookshelf, so this is a very important step. Have yourself a bookshelf and whether it’s white or black or wooden, you’re well on your way to success.


Buy lots of pretty books

This is also a crucial step. You can’t have just any old books, they have to look gorgeous, otherwise your aesthetic is thrown out the window already. The spines are what you’ll see on the bookshelf, so you’ve got to make sure they’re worth looking at.

And the non-pretty spines? You’ll have to hide those ones on another bookshelf. Don’t let them ruin your dream.


Pretend you know what you’re doing

You’re only a few seconds away from becoming an expert at this. Look at your bookshelf and your gorgeous books. Do you know what you’re doing? No?

Perfect. Welcome to the ranks. ๐Ÿ˜›


Decide how to organise your shelves, then change your mind 9.4 times

Will your order them by author? By series? Alphabetically? Colour? Size? Genre?

There’s a thousand options, and you’ve got to consider them all. Don’t forget to also decide if you’ll have them all standing upright or have some in a sideways stack and maybe one or two leaning at an angle.

It’s all about the aesthetic.


Spend a minimum four hours reorganising the shelves

You might be thinking: Four hours, Jane? Is that really necessary?

Yes, it is. Don’t question me, little bookworm.

If you spend any less than four hours, your bookshelf will not be satisfactory and everyone will cry when they look at it, trust me.

Speaking of crying…


Cry over the fact that books are different sizes

Some books are taller, some are wider, some are basically dwarves in bookish form. Even worse, sometimes publishers release the first book in a series in one size, then release the second book and it’s totally different and they can’t sit together on the shelf without the tragic reminder that some younger siblings are taller than their older siblings.


Add some random aesthetic decor

What bookshelf is complete without digging through a messy drawer and finding some random bits and pieces that you can use as decorations and call aesthetic? Feathers, painted rocks, leaves, mugs, candles, butterflies (fake ones, of course), and whatever strange odds and ends you can find.

Call it aesthetic and no one will ever question it. ๐Ÿ˜†



And just like that, your bookshelf is gorgeous. Time to sit back, relax, take some photos…and rearrange it when you get a new book haul. ๐Ÿ˜›


Chat with me! How do you organise your bookshelf? Do you have any random decor on your shelves? Are you for pretty bookshelves or for practical bookshelves?

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