How to organise your home library

Despite the popularity of digital downloads, physical books have made a comeback in recent years. So whether or not you’re an ebook fan, chances are you still have a decent collection of paperbacks and hardbacks lining your shelves.

Moving home is a great opportunity to reorganise, so follow these steps to sort through your collection and create the perfect home library:

1. Gather all your books into one place

The first step is to know what you’re working with. Find all your books from across your home and put them in one big pile.

2. Purge

This is the hard part. Chances are you have at least some books you can live without. Go through every single volume, identify those you’ll never read again, and get rid.

👉 If you decide to purge your collection before moving home, Pickfords will collect your unwanted tomes and donate them to Cancer Research UK.

3. Decide on a system

There are plenty of ways you could organise your collection. Here are just some ideas to get you started:

  • Alphabetically by author
  • By genre
  • By size
  • By colour

You may even decide on a different system for fiction and nonfiction, or to change it up for different rooms. Whatever you choose, try to strike a balance between what looks great, and what will make your collection easy to navigate.

4. Spice it up

Once your books are back on the shelves and in the order you want, it’s time to get decorative. For each shelf, choose a few volumes to either stack horizontally or face outwards. This will help draw the eye to some favourites and keep your shelves aesthetically interesting.

5. Dot some volumes around the house

What’s the point in all those books if you don’t share the love? Pick some interesting volumes to place on coffee tables, in guest bedrooms and (perhaps controversially) in the loo. This will keep your visitors entertained and kick off some great conversations.


Need a new home for your growing book collection? When it’s time to move, Pickfords will expertly pack your home library into specialist media boxes and safely transport them to your new property. Click here to find out more, or request a quote today.

Pickfords Removals returns to the small screen!

Pickfords the UK’s largest moving and storage Company, will be featured in the second series of The Removal Men, which will air on Channel 5 on Wednesday 24th October at 8pm 

In Series Two, Pickfords crews from across the country help their customers meet the challenges of move day including: a hoarder who won’t let go of their property, a move that falls through twice in a row, a 20ft Triceratops moving from its museum for a makeover, a move from a haunted hotel and a young family moving from their house on a hilltop.

Russell Start, Managing Director of Pickfords, said: “It’s great to be back on the airwaves again and in the forthcoming series of The Removal Men, we hope that viewers will get a real insight into the variety of challenges that moving home presents to both our customers and clients and our removals crews”.   

Meet the Pickfords team who worked on the series at www.pickfords.co.uk/meet-the-crew

Pickfords to keep London moving during the Olympics

Pickfords reveals plan to keep London moving home
 during the Olympic Games 

Pickfords, the UK’s largest removals and storage company,  has unveiled its plans to keep London moving during London 2012. 

The Olympic Games will affect both home movers and businesses between 27th July and 9th September as the transport system in London will be impacted by the Olympic event.   Road systems will change, priority ‘Olympic’ lanes will be added, some roads will close and, with an influx of visitors to London, parking spaces will be in short supply. 

Pickfords has set up a team to investigate the possible impacts and to create a plan to overcome the problems created in the London transport system.  The plan will include a range of tactics including:  identifying the hot spots and affected postcodes early in the process, daily syndication of traffic reports between Pickfords branches,   liaising with street party organisers, working in the evening and during the night and using a shuttle service to transport its customers’ goods. 

Operations Director Mark Taylor said, “Our highest priority is to ensure our customers’ moves go smoothly in London this summer, so we will be liaising closely with Transport for London, the London Organising Committee for the Games and the London Boroughs to ensure we take every action necessary to overcome the challenges.” 

“If our customers are planning to move during the Olympic weeks, particularly the gap between the Games, we urge them to contact us as soon as possible so we can make the necessary checks and arrangements.’

Call your local branch on 0800 019 8557

You can see more detail on the plans in the Olympic corner of the Pickfords website on www.pickfords.co.uk/olympics

Pickfords Removals’ Christmas Card Competition

View the winner and the runner ups

Pickfords’ Christmas card was the result of a competition held at St Georges School in Amersham.   The winner was six year old Robin Lawrence, who took the prize for his colourful and inventive card.  Robin managed to capture lots of themes including selling a house, moving and Christmas.  His design featured a Pickfords removals vehicle.

Robin Lawrence Winner of Pickfords' competition

Today we are celebrating the work of the runners up.  Of one hundred and forty pupils, four cards were selected and are featured below.

The runners up are: Haris Bajwa aged 4. Haris’s design featured a fantastic Pickfords removals vehicle.

Pickfords christmas card runner up

Tolu Adeleye aged 6. Tolu included a Pickfords vehicle, christmas tree and baubles, snowman and Santa.

Tolu-Adeleye Runner up

David Holister age 4. David’s card shows Santa driving a Pickfords removals vehicle carrying a Christmas tree.

Pickfords removals christmas card

Congratulations to all the children that took part.

Would you like to star in the next series of Channel 5’s ‘The Removal Men: Pickfords’

A new series of ‘The Removal Men: Pickfords’ is being planned and Pickfords is searching for customers who would like to take part in Series Two.

The last series followed Pickfords’ removal teams as they helped their customers through the rigours of move day.   We are planning to film between November and February and are on the look out for customers who would like to take part.  So, if you would like to take part in filming the next series of ‘The Removal Men:Pickfords’  you can find out more and see some examples of episodes of the programme on the Pickfords website.  Telephone Pickfords on 0203 188 2632 to discuss the possibilities!