Before, everything was in alpha order with a few trinkets propped against the books.
I started by dividing the books into categories: children’s, YA, Fiction, decorating, art, poetry, etc. then I arranged each section by size, from largest to smallest. This pretty much made it impossible to alphabetize (I know! Gasp!) but each section turned out to be small enough that finding things hasn’t been a problem. Some of my art books are so big, that I decided to stack them in flat piles, rather than on their ends. I loved the way this looked so much that I stacked some other books, like the Harry Potter series, that way as well. I actually ended up with more shelf space, which means I don’t have to feel guilty next time I bring home a new book!I think it looks so much warmer and more organized.