I like to read to my kids. In fact, the curriculum I sort of cobble together for our preschool is based on books. I like the kids to be able to pick up books whenever they want and just sit and look at them.
The mess, dear readers, overwhelmed us. You see, because I am using books for our preschool subjects, I had the kids books organized by subject. It made perfect sense to me when I was putting the books away (Bible, ABCs, Mother Goose, Poetry, Art, Music, Manners, Math, Science, History, Folk Tales, Social Studies, Literature) but I was the only one who could put the books away. The kids didn’t get the system so they couldn’t help. They would stack the books up at the end of the day, but I would wind up reshelving. We have roughly four jillion books. It was not working.
Thus, I decided to move to a new system. Most of the kids toys are organized in baskets and boxes and stored on another shelf so that they can only get out one mess at a time and more easily pick it up before starting the next mess. I decided to transfer that idea to books. I used a gift card I earned from taking a survey a long time ago to purchase six plastic boxes. Using those and one wicker basket I divvied up all of the books into seven boxes, with a few from each category in each box. Now each day we can get out a new box and at the end of the day all of the books go back in that box.
It almost worked. Except the boxes were too small (I believe I mentioned the four jillion number…). So I put a small bookshelf in Hannah’s closet and another basket in Jack’s room and filled each of those up with books that they can look at during afternoon rest time. With one additional box for books related to the country we’re learning about currently, we are set. The freed up space on the playroom bookshelf holds toys. It’s SO much easier to clean up now!
Out of curiosity, how do you store your kids books? Who does the picking up?