Q: Help! My bookshelves are out of control! How can I keep them full without being cluttered? A: Bookshelves aren't just for books. Start with your largest pieces (paintings, sculptures, pottery, etc.) and stagger sizes to keep the eye moving. Avoid putting items of similar size and shape together - You want to create a collection not a "set". Then add books, family photos and travel souvenirs to complete. Don't be scared to change it when the mood hits or you find just the right thing. Below are some examples of fabulous bookshelves that are anything but boring. They appear full, but with focus.