|Up in the school room, teddy is relaxing.|
You've experienced this. It's St. Patrick's Day, but you can't find the St. Patrick book you know you own on any of your bookshelves. But good news- you just found the Easter book you couldn't find at Easter... Familiar?
Nothing makes me more crazy.
So when I decided to organize the books upstairs, I did a quick search for inexpensive book storage hoping to be inspired. And I was. I fell in love with this idea of sorting books by category in organized bins.
Using IKEA magazine files-- at just $1.49 for a 5 pack, I didn't need to reform my book hoarding ways, I could just sort my stash for $20! So that's what I did.
They are now all sorted. I have categories:
- By topic (Apologetics, Art, Atlas, Biographies, Birds, Butterflies, Coloring, Christian Character, Dinosaurs...)
- By reader age (Young Readers 5-7; Young Readers 8-12...)
- The four history periods we cover (History- Creation to Greeks, History- Rome to Reformation, History- Exploration to 1950 and History- 1850 to Modern)
- Holidays and Seasonal
- US Presidents
And so on. Then, all of the categories are alphabetized so that I can actually find that St. Patrick book when I want it- there it is, right there in Holidays and Seasonal. Tada!
And more than that, when a reader needs a book I can guide them to all the choices that are appropriate for their age as well as make sure they don't miss out on any of the fun books along the way.
|Books by category.|
I turned the magazine racks so that books are easy to grab and used simple 4x6 cards cut in half for labeling the boxes. I didn't even use a printer to make it fancy.
So for a $20. investment and very little time, we got completely organized. Of course, then I went to our local Homeschool conference and bought more books...
My husband should really be presented with an award for patience. :)
Enjoy all your before school organizing!