Organize Kids Bookshelves Books DIY

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!

Organize Kids Books DIY

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.  :)

Organize Kids Books DIY

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!

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8 Responses to How to Organize Your Kids’ Bookshelves (For Free!)

  • This is a great idea! I might have to do this too with certain books. I’m trying to teach my kids to keep certain toys together too so when they want to play they (or I) won’t have to waste time searching for them!

  • I am right there with you! I’ve been saying for about a year now that I have a sick obsession with buying books for my son. Between book fairs and scholastic book flyers being sent home once a month….there’s no hope for me! I just reorganized his books so that they are now somewhat contained.

    I’d say cover the boxes with some cute fabric!

    • Love that idea! There’s something else I have too much of – fabric! lol :) Thanks, Mary! Glad I’m not the only one with the book buying obsession.

  • Great idea! Makes it so much easier for kids to find what they are looking for!

  • Super fun! My daughter would have so much fun helping me decorate the boxes… The boys would too, I imagine. Thanks for sharing Lindsay.

  • good idea,I need to organize my book shelves too

  • Great idea. This also makes it easy to pull out one of the boxes of books to take into another room easily. I’m interested to learn more about paperbackswap. Thanks!

  • I love this idea! I think this is what we need for our books…just as soon as we get a new shelf for them. Right now we’ve just got a book basket on the floor with the ones they like to look at the most and it’s tearing them up!

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Welcome! I'm Lindsey, single Christian mommy to two sweet kids, Emma (6) and Isaac (3). You'll find a little of everything here at Kindred Spirit Mommy, but mainly I share our homeschooling adventures, my thoughts on faith and family, and reviews of educational resources. Please make yourself comfortable, take a look around, and share your thoughts with me!
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