Monday, August 8, 2011

Book Storage System

I'm here to share a little system that i {HOPE} will preserve my sanity and maybe yours too.
The kid books in the playroom have always been a source of irritation. No matter how many bins i put on the shelf to keep them standing up right, or how many times i tried to organize them into different categories etc, they ALWAYS ended up in a disorganized, half stacked, mostly stuffed-in-bins heap. Plus i could never find the right book at the right time. NOW, they all happily reside in color coded bins according to theme with matching labels on the spines. Here's how:
*Organize your books into as many categories as you want or have room for.
*Buy that # of clear plastic bins and sticky labels (1x3inch)
*Spray paint in the same # of colors.
 *Spray paint the labels. Some colors took a couple coats to get a good coverage
*Since some of my books were extremely thin i realized i could cut the page of labels into halves or smaller 

Here's one of my piles. These happens to be the non-fiction/science-related pile and since i had so many i went ahead and gave them two bins

*Wrap the label on the spine. i chose to wrap it close to the top so the kids would notice more easily.
*I might end up wrapping a small piece of clear shipping tape over the label to better secure it, but so far they seem to be sticking really well.
Ta-Da! Now, i can confidently say, "Go put the books away" and know that they should be able to do it neatly and quickly every time! Sanity restored! least in this one area! :)

p.s. in case you are curious, here's the list of my bin categories:
orange: non-fiction/learning books
yellow: fiction: read-aloud/early reader type books
dark blue: poetry/rhyme books
light blue: board books
green: children's bible-related books

linking to A bowl full of lemons and SerenityYou


Cailan said...

You are a GENIUS! This is a such a superb idea! Going to try to be more like you quick-quick. ;)

Jennifer said...

what a fabulous idea! This is just perfect and it looks great! Love you all.

Robert and Courtney said...

Oh this is good. I thought it was just me who spent countless hours resorting and reshelving books. I can't wait to try this.

Kimberly said...

Oh, this is fabulous! Good job, Meagan!!

Gaspord Adventures said...

WOW! This is such an awesome idea, Meagan!

Lizard Rae said...

This is a great organization idea - especially one teachers could use in their classrooms too!

Hilary said...

You're such a good librarian!

Natasha Mairs - Serenity You said...

oohhhhh love it!!!

i already put my childrens books in little containers, otherwise they just keep falling over on the bbokshelve making it look a right mess, But never thought about colour coding them!! genius!! like a little library at home!!

I would love it if you could link up this post to my new link party!!

Oksana @ Order Matters said...

SOOO clever! Not sure how I found your blog, but this is a great use of spray paint. Love doing spray painting projects.

Natasha Mairs - Serenity You said...

Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday!!

I loved this storage idea and I have featured it on my blog

fresno ca self storage said...

You made it more colorful.