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!
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!
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?