I always bring books in line with the front of the shelf: it instantly looks neater. Coordinated storage is the key to making shelving look organized and cohesive, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. First, work with that you’ve got. For example, I had a whole set of bright pink magazine files and boxes that were still practical but didn’t suit the room’s new color palette. Instead of ditching them and buying new ones, I just painted right over them in a color that suited the room. Shoeboxes also make great storage, just cover them with wrapping paper and add a neat label. I did invest in new ring binders, but stuck to white so they’ll fit in with any future redecorating."