I bought a simple white bookcase about a year ago to create some more storage. It began as a very neat and tidy display case for notebooks, beauty products and the occasional pair of shoes, but over the months became overcrowded with nik-naks and other items that would otherwise have no designated spot in the room.
This was giving me a headache just looking at it; so, this weekend, I decided to reorganise.
As you can see in the image above, my shelves were cluttered with magazines, shoe boxes and old perfumes. I didn't just need a massive clearout; I needed a total overhaul.
I removed everything off the shelves, using the old 'three box' system (keep, sell, throw out), vacuumed, dusted, and got to work on the creative bit: arranging my favourite pieces.
I wanted my shoes to be the focal point, as I love how they look, and the colours provide some vibrancy. I then worked around the shoes with regular-use beauty products (including 'Le Jasmin', my all-time favourite scent from Miller Harris), as well as my much-loved cameras. I also bought a simple-but-effective magazine rack (£5 from Tiger) in which to keep my monthly magazine stock (I do tend to overindulge on magazines - but hey, I'm a journo).
I'm really happy with how my shelves have turned out; but if you're looking for something a little different or a little more suited to your aesthetic, here are some inspiring shelf situations from Pinterest:
image from scandinavian home
image from remodelista
image from the painted room
image from ikea