Step 1 - Separate
Go through all your books and see which ones you don't want anymore which may consist of:
· Books you have not read in years and don't interest you
· Books you know very well, but are not among your favorites
· Books that do not hold any sentimental value
· Books you have read and didn't enjoy
Step 2 - Donate
Now that you've got a pile of books you no longer want/need, you can donate them to places like schools and city libraries or try friends and family members.
Step 3 - Make Money
If you want to sell them, you can do this online by creating a profile on sites like Amazon and eBay. You could also hold a book sale on your street; this could even be in conjunction with your family's garage sale.
Step 4 - Decorate
You're probably thinking, "What if I don't have any books I want to donate or sell?" You could take some out of your bookshelf and use them as decorations around your home.
When it comes to decorating, keep to a theme.
For mystery lovers, grab a couple of your books and lay a magnifying glass atop them. In the image above, I have a volume of Sherlock Holmes's stories, Peter Falk's (who played Lt. Columbo) biography and several Nancy Drew books. I recommend keeping your series together as much as possible, but to each their own. You can always add the odd knick-knack or two as I have done with a wolf statue.
Include books with your everyday style.
My lamp and clock are always on this table so I incorporated my spare books that are crowding my bookshelf into my everyday life.
An alternate design is this:
You can place books horizontally or vertically, in a staircase or as a magazine-like spread. Get creative and have some fun!
Feel free to use book-ends in your design as well. Indigo, Renaud-Bray and other stores have beautiful ones. Indigo also sells interior design magazines, so have a flick through and browse the web. There are so many ideas out there!