Skip to content

Quick and Easy Children’s Book Storage

December 30, 2010

Call me crazy, but I kind of felt like posting about something that has nothing to do with Christmas or holidays or presents or cooking or resolutions or looking back on the year. I’m still stuck firmly in the in-between week of feeling like we’re in a bit of a fog. Next week it’s back to work for John and pre-school and our “normal” (whatever that may be) again, so I think I might be ready to look back and evaluate at that point. Until then, I’ll be honest and say that I still haven’t even managed to look through all of the pictures from the holidays. Those that I have seen are mostly frantic shots I tried to get of random moments that end abruptly because I decided to put the darn camera down and just enjoy the time with my kids and family.

So, instead, I decided to post a quick and easy project for book storage for kids. I wish I could take credit for the idea, but I can’t. I wish I could at least give credit for the idea, but I can’t for the life of me remember where I got it – though probably somewhere among all of the posts I searched full of ideas for gutters as storage for books. {If you know where I found it, please share – I’d love to add a link!} What I do know is that we have a lot of  children’s books floating around our house and we can always use extra storage space for them. Some live downstairs on the bottom shelves of the grown up bookshelves. Some live in the corner of their room and wind up always being stacked on top during cleanup. Some lived on a second bookshelf that lived in the closet, but that got re-purposed just before Christmas to be ready for post-Christmas toy organization. So we decided to put up a few bookshelves on their wall:

They’re Ikea spice racks, $3.99 each. Not huge in size, but just the right size to keep a few in reach and easy to put away. Not that we have any issue with pulling out a book around here, but I’ve read a lot about how much more likely children are to reach for books when they can see a full cover and I’ve been amazed by how much more interactive they really are with these shelves. I’m not sure if it’s really the novelty of the new shelves or the state of their older book shelf on the other side of their room, but they definitely go for books on these a million times more.

The old shelf(that still looks like this daily):

And, for posterity, the chaos that ensues around and behind me when I try to spend 10 seconds just taking pictures of some bookshelves:

 

Yes, they’re wearing a Halloween costume and his bathing suit/shirt(on her). Jumping off of beds. Reading books. Vacuuming. Probably ripping books when I wasn’t looking and saying 1500 times, “Be gentle…Be gentle…be gentle with the books…”

I should probably post soon with an update on how much their room doesn’t look like this anymore. But I can’t make any promises – rumor has it around here that I’m seriously considering switching out bedrooms because theirs is smaller and it feels like I have toys coming out of my ears and moving them into our bigger bedroom would give us space in their room for more of a play area. But, we’ll see. John’s working on finally finishing the kitchen, so he may not be a huge fan of flipping bedrooms any time soon. But that means that hopefully – hopefully – I’ll have a budget kitchen remodel (2-years in the making) to share very very soon.

About these ads
116 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2013 4:47 am

    At this time it sounds like Drupal is the prefferred blogging platform available right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using oon your blog?

  2. November 29, 2013 1:39 am

    Fiine way of explaining, and fastidious article to take information on the topic of my
    presentation focus, which i aam going tto preesent inn college.

  3. March 25, 2014 10:41 am

    Many thanks for the wonderful read – I’ve recommended your site to
    family and friends who have enjoyed it also!

  4. Lillian permalink*
    December 9, 2012 6:22 pm

    Thank you!

Trackbacks

  1. This or That? Forward Facing Book Shelves – waking up in Vegas
  2. What Happens At Naptime-January ’11 edition | All My Loose Ends
  3. Ways to Store Kid Books « thingsIfancy.com
  4. shelterrific » Blog Archive » steal this idea: a repurposed book storage solution from ikea
  5. Pfeffer, Salz und Bilderbücher
  6. Libri e librerie | Design per Bambini
  7. Wonderous Wednesday - DIY Gems | The Row House Nest
  8. IKEA Denver Home Furnishings · IKEA Denver
  9. Pfeffer, Salz und Bilderbücher
  10. Repurposing spice racks into children’s bookshelves @ Return to Yooper Land
  11. Minireyve» Blog Archive » DOUCEMENT MAIS SURMENT
  12. Working Wednesday: DIY Book Display « …and Other Such Things
  13. Librerie per bambini « centostorie – microblog sui libri per bambini
  14. Inspiration: Repurpose Ikea Spice Racks Into Book Shelving : Bambino Goodies
  15. Furniture for 999 » Inspiration: Repurpose Ikea Spice Racks Into Book Shelving
  16. Turn $2.49 Spice Racks Into Book Displays | Lifehacker Australia
  17. Turn $4 Spice Racks into Book Displays | Alternative downloads blog
  18. Getting Ready for Baby: Quiet Nursery Style » Leigh Dameron Photography
  19. IKEA Children's Plastic Dining Set with Plates, Bowls, Cups and Cutlery 6 of each
  20. Creative Ikea Finds for Kids’ Spaces | Not Just Cute
  21. Book display « Origami Family
  22. {Inspiration} Storage ideas for kids' books | Crash Test Mummy
  23. Quick and easy children’s book shelves - In the kids room
  24. Around Here «
  25. Day to day… – A Killer Life
  26. Ikea Bekvam Spice Racks Turned Bookshelves
  27. My Favorites Friday #3 ~ Toy Organization & Storage | Organizing Home Life
  28. Sewing room inspiration piece | Hands, Heart, Passion
  29. For Kids | Pearltrees
  30. Spice rack book shelves {DIY} |
  31. Get Inspired: Kids Organization Ideas
  32. Δ Idées rangement pour livres d’enfants « So Vintage So Girly
  33. Summer Reading Fun for Kids | Amy's Blog | Top TV Stuff
  34. Birch + Bird Vintage Home Interiors » Blog Archive » Organization…start them young.
  35. Budget nursery inspiration | umegoodness
  36. Δ Idées rangement pour livres d’enfants
  37. Kael’s Nursery | Project Simple Home Blog
  38. 10 DIY and Recycling Ideas for Kids Room Storage
  39. A DIY Wall Book Display with Baskets + 12 More Kid's Book Storage Ideas - B-InspiredMama.com
  40. Project Nursery | Interior design tips for a beautiful nursery | Riding The Stork
  41. txmere · Books, books, and more books!
  42. I need to get organised! Do you? | kocodesign
  43. Ayla’s Sophisticated Botanical Nursery | COUTUREcolorado BABY
  44. Summer Reading Fun for Kids
  45. Day 231: Spice Rack Book Shelves » 365(ish) Days of Pinterest
  46. Ikea Spice Racks Turned Bookshelves | My Life and Kids
  47. 24 Fabulous DIY Projects for Baby's Nursery
  48. 12 supergoede Ikea hacks voor kinderenkamers - Famme.nl
  49. Olivia’s Coral + Teal Butterfly Nursery | COUTUREcolorado BABY

Leave some love! (It always makes my day:)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 326 other followers

%d bloggers like this: