For quite awhile, I’ve had a serious problem. We have collected lots of wonderful kids books, but their bookshelf was a CONSTANT wreck! At least once a week I’d find myself re-organizing their shelf or putting a pile of books back that had been dragged out. My kids (4 and 2) are able to put things away by themselves, but this was just too hard for them. So I knew it was time for a solution. I just REALLY didn’t want that solution to be getting rid of books. I have a hard time letting them go!
I didn’t have any baskets or short containers around, but I had plenty of odd-sized boxes so I set to work cutting the tops off. Then I just put them in the shelf and stacked the books in with covers facing forward. It’s not like I’m a genius or anything, I mean I think libraries do this. But I know I hadn’t thought about doing it before so I HAD to share it. :)
I love the way it’s working out, now! The kids can flip through the books and see what they have now instead of pulling out multiple books to find what they’re looking for, and Isaac can put books away all by himself now with no trouble. I do plan on doing something to make the boxes look a little better later on – maybe paint them or buy some containers especially for this if I find any on sale, but for now I’m happy with this.
Edited to add: I found some containers at the dollar store that worked perfectly, and I covered both the dollar store baskets and the boxes with scrapbook paper. :)
As an aside, if you’re interested in swapping your books out as your kids grow (or you want to swap out your own), I HIGHLY recommend paperbackswap.com! I’m so addicted to that place, you can put books on your wishlist and get in line to have it sent to you when someone posts it, and you can send your books to other people that want them, earning yourself credit to pick out a book you want. Love it and I’ve been using it for years. It’s completely free to sign up and swap!