How to give your room a facelift without spending any money

One way to give a room a facelift is to straighten up the bookcases. As you can see from this After & Before of a bookcase, an organized bookcase has appeal.  The disorganized may cause stress and who needs more stress?

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Here’s how to make your bookcase look awesome


Remove all non-books that are laying on or in front of the books


Turn all books vertically with spines facing outward so you can see the titles


Decide where the non-book items belong. Do you have piles of mail? Kids papers? Toys? Art projects? Photos? Some things you can throw out and the other may need relocating.  If you aren’t sure where to put them it indicated you need some systems.


Notice I didn’t say DECLUTTER…I highly recommend periodically going through your books to see if there are books you don’t have interest in keeping. TRUTH you don’t have to keep every book you’ve ever bought. If your shelves are jam packed is a sign you may want to do this step.

IF you’re to declutter the books use what I call the Onion Analogy

  • Think of an onion with multiple layers. The first layer to peel (discard) are the books you don’t like. You couldn’t get into the story, it was boring, you liked it once upon a time but no longer.
  • Wait a day or two. The second layer are books you read once or twice but don’t have interest in re-reading them. If you’re needing to downsize because of a move this part of the process can have multiple layers to peel.
  • The Klutter Koach guideline for the last cut of books is to ask yourself: IF I WERE TO GIVE THIS BOOK AWAY WOULD I CHECK IT OUT OF THE LIBRARY? If yes, it’s a keeper.

Do ONE  SHELF AT A TIME if you think you’ll get overwhelmed.


SUGGESTION: Many clients have Ikea Kallax bookcases. I really like these, especially for children’s books because they keep the books in a more upright position than falling over compared to wider shelves where books tend to topple over.

As as BTW, the bookcase in the photo was taken in the waiting room of an urgent care center that had reading material available . This explains why there aren’t any photos or other odds ‘n ends.

Typically, almost all of bookcases I deal with have e non-book items to contend with.  Some bookcases might have a shelf for games or a shelf of framed photos, but most have  clutter in front of the books that needs to be dealt with.

Winter is a great time to cozy down with a good book.  A straightened home library will add to that coziness. (2)

Thanks for reading.  Now on to a good book…

Karen, The Klutter Koach

January 5, 2020

Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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