I used to be an elementary school teacher and my mom used to be an early childhood teacher. We no longer teach, but we still have our “teacher stuff”. Most of that “teacher stuff” is books. Like tons of books. Now my kids have our books–along with all of the books they get for every occasion–and they have taken over our house! While having too many books is definitely not a bad problem to have, we got to the point where we needed to figure out how to store all the books!

How To Store Kids Books To Stay Organized

© The Organized Mama.com | 2017

My kids have outgrown some of the board books that they loved when they were babies.  But they were still sitting on the shelves in their bedrooms. I couldn’t ignore those books any longer– it was time to do a major book clean-out!

Before I could even think about storing the books, we had to go through them to decide if we wanted to keep, sell, or donate.

Now it’s your turn! Read below for some simple steps and tips for taming the books in your home.

bookshelf kids books organization

© The Organized Mama.com | 2017

Step 1: Collect all the Books

We have our books all throughout the house.  I love having spaces for the kids to sit and read whenever they feel like it, and still be close while the other child plays.

To start this entire process, I collected every kid book from all the areas of our home.  I brought the books to one designated place…our entryway!  It was the most open space in our house without a lot of other things that could get in the way of organizing the books.

Then, we created piles of books to keep, donate, and sell.  The kids helped with this process so they felt they had a say in what books stayed in the house.

Books Organizing

© The Organized Mama.com | 2017

Step 2: Distribute Around House

Once you remove the donate and sell piles from your space, it’s time to get to work on the books you plan to keep!

For us, I like keeping books in the kids bedrooms, play room, and basement.  Decide where you like keeping the kids’ books at your home so you know how many piles to make and how to sort them.

I like to keep I Spy, sound books, game-type books, and more engaging books around the house, and calmer books in the bedroom.  We have been really into the Little Critter books, Berenstain Bears, and Clifford books before bed.

bookshelf organization

© The Organized Mama.com | 2017

Step 3: Store And Display

My main goal when it comes to organizing and storing kids books is to make sure they are easily accessible, and easy to put away.  I never want to create a system where the kids can’t grab a book whenever they please.

An easy way to store kids books (and all books) when you don’t have a bookshelf is to use a large basket with handles.  The handles make it easy for you to carry if you want to move the location of the books.  The basket is perfect because all the books can stand straight up so the kids can see them.

Bookshelves are great to store books so the kids can pull out the book they want to read.  Keep the books standing up and only keep a small amount of books together.  If you put all the books on one large bookshelf, the books will fall all over each other and be difficult for kids to keep in order.

One way to make the bookshelves smaller is to use a bin and put it on its side.  Put books in the bin standing up.  Put a few of these bins on a longer shelf,  making it easy for the kids to put away books and keep the books contained.

Once all the books are put away, teach the kids how to use the system.  Pull out some books and ask the kids to put them back. I always like to “rehearse” a new organization method with them so they have a clear expectation for what do with all the books or laundry or toys (see my tips for getting your kids to put away their own laundry here!)

My Favorite Products To Store Books For Kids

I have tested out almost every type of book organizing contraption there is.  After much testing, I’ve found that the best products are the simplest.

Save

Save

Organizing & Decorating Tips to Save Your Sanity

Setting Expectations for Your Kids is Key to a Tidy House

Hey there!

Are you ready to declutter your life? 

It can be super overwhelming trying to tackle your entire home. But when you start small, you can make huge progress!

Take the burden off of you! And join the free Clear The Clutter Challenge.

The challenge is breaking up decluttering into small, manageable steps you can do to declutter your entire home with ease!

Ready To Get Your Home Organized Once And For All?

Use my easy-to-follow e-learning courses to walk you through organizing your family, your home, and your kids!

Live With Less Framework

The Live With Less Framework is a practical guide to owning less and living more. You will learn how to change your mindset so you can get rid of stuff without guilt, create action plans for physical areas of your home, and maintain order throughout your home with ease.

The Organized Kids Academy

The Organized Kids Academy is a comprehensive program that will guide your kids through five organizing projects and additional lessons to help them keep their spaces tidy. PLUS you will get access to videos that show you how to teach organizing skills to your children!! 

Virtual School Set-Up Masterclass

In this masterclass, ee cover how to set up seating options that aren't just at a desk! Yes, your kiddos need a desk space, but did you know that by providing them with 3-5 seating options, they are able to keep their focus for longer periods of time?? This is based on research for how students learn.

Latest from the Blog

How To Organize Doll Clothes

How To Organize Doll Clothes

My kiddos love playing with their dolls. But all that stuff comes lots of little pieces, parts, and clothing! So Adleigh is sharing her 3 steps for how to organize doll clothes in this Organized Kids video. Then I am sharing more strategies you can use to help your...

read more

I'm Jessica

I am a mom to two kiddos + a fur baby. I am wife to Ben. I enjoy coffee, gluten-free desserts, and sleeping in. And I am The Organized Mama. 

I help families make the every day more enjoyable with practical organizing, decorating, + diy tutorials to maintain order in your home!

As Seen In

better homes and gardens image
parents magazine logo
people.com logo
rachel ray logo
apartment therapy logo
the boston glove logo
0