The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.
Update: Unfortunately the pictures for this post were lost and unable to be retrieved. Sorry about the inconvenience.
I’ve got more kiddie organization coming your way today in this Organizing Concepts for Kids series. Just one small topic to address, but it was a big problem in our house… Library Books!
Oh yes, we had a problem in this area that almost always ended in overdue fines (sheepish grin). Books got misplaced, mixed in with our own book supply, or simply forgotten about on a regular basis. They needed their own dedicated space, so as not to be overlooked or neglected.
A dedicated area for containing library books is a great organizing tool. It helps to prevent intermixing of rented with owned books and is an easy grab & go when it comes time to return the borrowed treasures.
For our dedicated library station, we installed two Ikea Ribba picture ledges at kid height in our back hallway. Although they’re meant to hold picture frames, they work perfectly for displaying books.
Outfacing displays are nothing new when it comes to shelving books. It’s a popular and excellent idea for organizing a small stash (like those from the library) for children.
Open faced shelves encourage independent reading (or picture looking), attractive book retrieval, and easy re-shelving for children. I especially love how they keep books organized and contained in a kid-friendly manner.
Kids seem to be naturally attracted to books on their level with openly displayed covers. I’m reminded of this when we meander the outwardly facing book shelves in the children’s section of our library. (It works on adults too, at least it does for me when it comes to featured book displays & magazine racks – haha.)
I turned our little shelf system into a mini library by tossing down a fuzzy rug, some fun floor pillows (that can perch on the shoe bench when not in use), and a cozy blanket to add extra kid appeal. I also whipped up a little banner for a cute label that is subject to wear and tear. You can find my tutorial on that here.
For the most part, our library books remain on the shelves or are used in this hallway. It’s located off our family room, so when I read books out loud (and not in the mood to crawl around on the floor), we sit together on the furniture. However, this is what I find most often…
As a side note, all our owned books are housed in other locations, so it’s easy to keep the rented versus owned books separated.
When it comes time for the due date and I’m headed towards the library, we scoop up the books on our way out the door. To avoid dropping any along the way, I use a bag to tote everything to and from the library.
Ever since we incorporated this organized space, we haven’t had a single overdue fine. I consider that an organizing success! 🙂
I know it’s already been said, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to wish you all a happy (belated) Canada Day or 4th of July! I hope you’re enjoying some weekend festivities. 🙂
In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughter. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming. My goal is to share what I’ve implemented in my home to inspire you with fresh ideas and to encourage you to keep up the good work in yours!