Most everyone I know owns books.  Some people have skads of them—-so many, in fact, that they’re stored in boxes in the basement.  There are some people who can’t let go of their college textbooks from 30 to 40 years ago.  Others love their books so much they wouldn’t think of keeping them in boxes—–so they’re stacked in various corners waiting for the right place to call home.

Setting up a library or a library area is always a good plan for someone who owns a lot of books.  The extra bedroom could become a quiet reading spot where shelving would make the books accessible.  An unused formal dining room may convert beautifully to a formal library, complete with floor-to-ceiling shelves and a rolling ladder to access the most remote volume.  Sometimes a purging is required to get the books to fit appropriately into a space.

Because books represent the opinions and stories of others, they do need Feng Shui consideration for proper integration.  Here are some ideas of where books can be appropriately placed and where to avoid putting them-----and how to deal with book-shelves.

  1. Books should be maintained in an upright or horizontal position.  Since books, due to their different size and color, can easily turn into a haphazard assortment, keeping them neatly in place will help.  I’ve taken to storing the books I have in my office according to color—–it works for me!  I’ve seen books arranged according to size, moving from tallest to shortest which definitely adds an element of intentional placement to a large bookcase.
  2. Never store books in your bedroom.  Books represent the voice/opinion of the author and therefore bring with them a lot of “noise” and vibration.  Other than the book or two you may be reading at night, store the rest of them elsewhere.  Above all, do not store books under your bed-----they could definitely disturb your sleep.
  3. Don’t have books higher than your head when you’re working in your office.  They can become overwhelming and make you feel oppressed.  Move them to lower shelves so you always feel like you have your “head above water.”
  4. Having books near the front door sends a positive message to those who come to visit that you are studious, well-read and intellectual.  Of course, the books should be artfully arranged (see #1 above).
  5. Unless you’re setting up a formal library, arrange your bookshelves with an artful eye by adding photos, plants, sculpture or mementos.  It will break up the intensity of the books and provide you with some eye candy.
  6. When all else fails, use a shelving unit with doors so that, at the least, the doors can be closed on all the book clutter.  It doesn’t solve the underlying problem of too many books or scattered energy but it does eliminate having to see it regularly.  Then, when time permits, get the shelves in order so that when you DO open the doors, it’s not an overwhelming blast of chaos.

Books are our friends so you want to treat them respectfully and with care.  If they’re taped up in boxes in your basement or the garage, it may be time to let them go.  Most books are now available at the library so, if you’re hanging onto those novels in case you’ll want to read them again someday when you have the inclination and the time, rest assured you can go to the library and find the book you want.   

Libraries are always looking for used books, so are used book stores.  If it’s no longer being read or appreciated, it is time to turn the page on your books and bring them to a happy ending.

Author's Bio: 

Carole J. Hyder has been a Feng Shui consultant since 1992. She is an internationally recognized teacher, speaker, author and trainers. Carole has authored two books ("Wind and Water" and "Living Feng Shui") as well as 2 DVDs and a CD. In 1998 she founded the Wind and Water School of Feng Shui, and has since certified nearly 300 students. Visit Carole's website at for more information.