Kudos to you for taking this Challenge! We all know Time is a precious commodity. Organizing your space so that you can quickly find the items you need will provide you with a little extra time in your life.
This week we are going to work on organizing Books.
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Step 1: Round them Up! Pull out all of your Books
Step 2: Take a "Before Photo" and share it in our Facebook Group!
Step 3: Take some time to De-Clutter the books you no longer Want, that are damaged, or duplicates. Check out this previous post I wrote on de-cluttering books for some inspiration.
Step 4: Categorize your books. When grouping your books together think about how you rotate books in and out of your space. If you follow a Thematic Curriculum consider grouping your books by Theme, or for an added level
of Organization consider sorting by Season, than Month and than by Theme. Some providers also choose to sort their books alphabetically.
You'll want a method to keep you keep your books categorized. Some of my Favorite options include:
Creating a Laminated Divider, Storing Books in a Magazine File or in a Labeled Bin,
Labeling a shelf with Washi tape, or using Paint Stick dividers.
Step 5: Find a home to store your excess books. For my Book Storage I went with these inexpensive Billy bookshelves from IKEA. One thing I really like about these bookshelves is that they they are adjustable. Since Children's Books come in a variety of sizes, many cube type units don't accommodate the varying sizes. Another nice thing about these IKEA units is that you can purchase additional shelves for them.
Although this Challenge focuses on Organizing your Stored Books, If you are looking for ideas on Displaying your
Books in your childcare space, here is a link to my Library and Reading spaces page.
Other Ideas for storing your excess books include: Adjustable wall shelving, and storage Bins.
Here are some clever ideas for storing books from around the web:
Check out the Ideas for storing books over at The Clutter-Free Classroom
(including this clever idea of using a filing cabinet)
Do you have some unused space under your stairs?
How about a Utility Shelf?
Best of Luck on the Challenge this week.
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