A friend of mine was asking me today what I do to keep the boys books organized because she felt like the books in her home were always falling off the shelves. I thought maybe you would be interested in what I suggested to my friend. If not, please hold your comments to yourself! LOL
First of all a little tidbit about my boys…the older one is very much like me! I like that someday his future wife will love that too! He likes things in order and he especially likes them to stay that way. My youngest likes things to be organized but does not like to do the work himself, so he will keep the organizing profession going. Bless his future wife!!
Both of my kids love books and between the two of them, they have a ton of books. My ten year old keeps his books in a bookcase. This does not always work for all kids. In most cases, for children that are younger, the books are stuffed onto a shelf with half of them falling off the shelf onto the floor. What I suggest is purchasing big rectangular baskets to hold books. I like to put the book baskets by the bed. It makes the room look cozy and is handy when they are picking out a book to read at night.
In each of the boy’s rooms we keep chapter books, sports books, world record books, and books simply for night time stories before bed. In our family room we keep another basket of books which I change out from their rooms…books that I don’t necessarily want them reading before bed. Some examples are G.I. Joe, Power Rangers, Scooby Doo and so on. I don’t want them dreaming about zombies or bad guys before bed. Call me crazy, but when they go to bed I want them to sleep through the night without bad dreams!
I keep all of my holiday books with my decorations. I also keep holiday movies with seasonal decorations as well. For instance, when I pulled out my Halloween decorations, I had about fifteen Halloween books that I placed next to the book basket in our family room. At our school, the kids are encouraged to read for ten minutes every day. These are the books they will grab to read. I try to rotate the books in the family room basket so the books are always fresh. When I add the holiday books they really enjoy seeing them again as they remember these books from last year.
Another tip would be to put your child’s library books from school next to the book basket as well. This way they are out of the basket and not confused with the books you have at home.
One thing to remember is if your child is a toddler, keep the books they will read when they are older up on a closet shelf in their room. You will find just trying to get all of the picture books in their basket will be tough enough without adding books they might accidentally tear.
Author Michelle Lehman of Organizing Solutions “Clear the Clutter”Michelle is a Professional Organizer in the Tulsa area. Her articles have been featured in the Tulsa World, The Oklahoman, and The Chicago Post-Tribune. Michelle appears on Fox23 News DayBreak giving organizing tips and recommendations.