A Thoughtful Place: Idea for Storing Books

3.07.2013

Idea for Storing Books

Yesterday, I shared my plans to transform my daughter’s room. We are both really excited. In doing so, we are parting with her beautiful white bookcase. It will be residing in a new spot in our home. I think I may be a bit nuts in taking it out of her room, but it is what it is. With the new layout, it won’t fit and so we are on the search for book storage. And to be perfectly honest, it was a bit of a, how do I say this, junk collector! My daughter likes to decorate like her mama and the bookcase was a constant source of inspiration for her. So in the end, a more streamlined approach to keeping her books will help all involved. Especially my blood pressure! Here are a few that are beckoning to me.

 

This approach is from my friend Jen over at I Heart Organizing. I really love this. These are $4 racks from Ikea. I love that they do not take up a ton of real estate. My daughter goes through books faster than I can keep up with, so it might be nice to have a system like this where we can see what she has and they are easy to grab.

I Heart Organizing

 

Melanie's office nursery book slings

by Melanie

These fabric book slings are just too cute. And not only do I see book storage, but I also see another opportunity to add some fabric to the room. Always a plus!

daffodil design

Similar to Jen’s approach, these picture ledges are also great for the books. I love the white against the pale gray, too.

nine + sixteen

This built in approach is pretty dreamy. I wonder what it would take to convince my hubby to bust this out over the weekend. Hmm. Something tells me I may be staring at a blank face. We shall see.

So it’s brainstorming time. We spent all afternoon yesterday, going through everything she owns in her room. Seriously. We went through every book, toy, doll, crayon, pencil, and piece of junk. It was so refreshing to really go through and see what she wanted to keep and what she didn’t. We are happy to pass on many books and toys to children who could use them more than she can now. I only cried once. It was when she decided to donate most of her dress up clothes. Ughhh. Painful. “Mom, I’m just not that age anymore.” Oh, dear. We kept a few key pieces but truth be told she doesn’t even fit them anymore. So next up is selecting one of these options for books. I’ll keep you posted.

 

13 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness...the dress up stuff happened with my daughter in first grade too. I was in complete denial that she was done with them, so I boxed them up and put them in the basement. She hasn't looked back and it's been over 2 years. Probably time to donate that box of dress up fun.;) Can't wait to see your daughter's room transform!

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  2. Love these ideas! I pinned that fabric one a while back it's so pretty. Can't wait to see your daughter's room.

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  3. Wow I am now going to sit back and enjoy the fact that my little girl is still too young to want to have control over the decor in her bedroom. It will break my heart when I finally have to take apart her Dr Seuss room for something more grown up.

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  4. I'm on the hunt for some space saving shelving ideas, and I'm loving that built-in one! What a great, custom look! Can't wait to see what you pull together - thanks for sharing!!

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  5. Such a bittersweet change! I love this inspiration though...I'm looking to get rid of the bookcase in my two year olds room and love the ideas you rounded up here!

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  6. My little girl (5 1/2) and we have the same "problem" with her bookcase. Wall storage is such a great option and the plans you have for her new space are so fun! Can't wait to see how it comes together!

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    1. Deme, I am glad I am not alone! It's crazy town on that bookcase!

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  7. Fantastic ideas! The built-in is to die for!

    Have you considered gutter bookshelves as well? They're fairly inexpensive (though perhaps not as cheap as the Ikea spice racks) and there's lots of space for kiddos to maneuver the books or pop them in. Another bonus is that they're fairly easy to cut to size.

    I haven't tried them yet, but there seem to be a bunch of bloggers who have.

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    1. Funny you should mention that. I briefly saw one example, but definitely need to look into it more! I am up for whatever will work best for her.

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    2. We did the gutter ones at our house after having the Ikea spice shelves. A lot more room for larger books and easier to get up. It took about 30 minutes to get up (mainly finding the studs, etc). We spent $40 on all supplies (gutter, clips, screws) for two rows. And they look awesome (imo).

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  8. Love the built-in idea! Would add to the house value right? That always helps to nudge my hub in the right direction ;)

    We let go of the dress up clothes a year ago - it was hard. She still has one pair of dress up shoes that just sit on her shelf as decoration now. I heart them! She still loves her play kitchen closet though - but I foresee her outgrowing it very soon. Makes me sad.

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  9. already at 5, she's over dressing up?! :(

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  10. Oh my! My daughter is still in the dress up stage and she loves it. Not a day goes by that she hasn't worn a princess dress.

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