Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Does Dewey really know best, or should we judge a book by its cover?

My bookshelf has forever been in disarray. There are so many ways to organize one's personal library, it's overwhelming! If you're a diehard library enthusiast, there's the choice between the Dewey Decimal System or the Library of Congress Classification. There's alphabetical classification for those who want simple organization. But what about those who want an aesthetically pleasing bookshelf? These systems usually result in a chaotic, cluttered looking shelf that is not pleasing to the eye.

The obvious option for the aesthete is to organize by color. Categorizing by color always creates order in a cluttered situation. (Banana Republic sale section, anyone?) While it's not the most efficient way to access your library (unless you know the color of your books by heart), it's definitely the way to make your visitor's jealous! 


So what if it takes you an hour to find your copy of War and Peace? At least you can look at your bookshelf without flinching.

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