I’ve got so many posts I’ve been wanting to write, but something about the start of a new year and organizing… I’ve learned when the motivation to get organizing hits, you just better go with it!
One of my latest spots that needed organizing was our book center.
The sling back bookcase was great when the kids were toddlers because it let them see the covers of their favorite books, all at their eye level. (And it wasn’t as tempting to climb as a traditional book case.) But, our book collection has far outgrown its cloth pockets.
Both Peanut and Monkey have a crate of books in their room, there were books on the closet shelves that I rotated in periodically, and then there was a stack of books in MY closet, just because I’d run out of room.
We needed a change.
And then I remembered the little bookcase I had in my classroom years ago, the one covered with all those boxes full of memories and lesson plans. It was just the perfect size!
Once I brought it upstairs and started shelving the numerous books, I realized something. Picture books come in a variety of sizes! It would be so much easier if they were all one standard height!
After several adjustments to the shelves, I came up with a solution.
At the very top of our bookcase I decided to place books I want to showcase each month. I’m thinking they will mostly be seasonal, for instance, Valentine’s Day books in February. And I know our Dr. Seuss collection will be gracing that top shelf come March!
All the larger books are on the bottom shelf, the taller ones rest so their spines face upwards. (And, yes, I tried to put all the ones from the same author — like our Dr. Seuss collection — all together.)
The paperback books went in a couple magazine holders I had picked up from the dollar section of my beloved Target store. One magazine holder has the shorter, more square books; the other holder has the “standard” sized paperbacks.
All of the animal books (we have quite a few) went into a clear plastic shoe box.
When I arranged the books I even found a place (finally) to put the Leapfrog Reader books. For years now they have sat on the end table in the living room. They finally have found a home with the rest of the books! (Yeah!! Definitely time for a happy dance over here!)
Both my readers have been enjoying looking through their books in their collection this week. And I’m enjoying having the space back in my closet!
I did keep a crate of books in each of their rooms. Most of the car and truck ones are in Monkey’s room, while Peanut has all the Fancy Nancy and princess books in her room. I think it’s important that they each have books that are just their books, which they can enjoy during quiet time in their rooms.
One area of the house organized!
How are the children’s books organized at your house? Are they all in one spot, or do you have them in multiple areas?
Alison at NOVA Frugal Family says
We have two bookcases and still have a book corner in the dining room. We have a lot of books too and it is super hard to organize them (and keep them organized). I love that the leap frog is with the books because that is what started our pile in the dining room. We have books in almost every room so getting a handle on it would be nice!!!
That’s what started our pile of books on the end table in the living room, and on the couch….and floor (hangs head). I think the Leapfrog books are actually getting more use now that they are on a shelf!
Our books are in 3 different rooms! The kids each have books in their toy storage bins in their bedrooms of which I try and rotate through about once per month. Then I keep a few books in baskets in our living room area so that we can read during the day when we are in the living room which is where we spend a majority of our days. Finally, we have a few books in the basement for when we are playing down there and those books are kept in a book case which also houses some toys. Our books are organized mostly by size.
🙂 Books in several rooms is always a good idea! You never know when it will be the perfect reading time!
Chris Carter says
I really need to organize and clean out my bookshelves for the kids- yours looks LOVELY!! 🙂
I’m hoping it stays that way! 😉 So far it is!
This looks great, nice job! My little one has so many books, I need to come up with a better solution for ours! Thanks for sharing at Anything Goes! 🙂
Donna DM Yates says
Nice organizing. I like the idea of showcasing certain books on the very top.
It’s one way to make sure that some of those often forgotten books get looked at!
It really is. LOL. Last week I almost turned in 2 of our own books at the library — I usually keep the library books separate, but kids move things…