Monthly Archives: January 2014

Organizing children’s books

Do you have a lot of children’s books?  Check out these ideas for keeping books organized and easy to find.

Storage Options

Baskets

For younger children, you might want to consider a small basket or bin for books.  Baskets are great because children can take out the books when they want to read.  It also makes for easy clean-up.

Books in Basket

Wooden bookcase or shelf

Another storage option to hold books is a standard wooden bookcase.  They come in various heights and widths.

For one room, we chose a five foot bookcase.  The children’s books are on the lower shelf, and the Hardy Boy books are on another shelf.  This helps to keep everything nice and neat.

Books - Hardy Boys

Perhaps you have one dedicated shelf for all of the books.  In this case, consider organizing the books by height.  They look neat and organized.  The small volume of books still makes them easy to find.

Books by height

Cubes

Storage cubes are another alternative for storing books.  We have a nine-cube organizer.  Four of the cubes hold books, and the other five cubes have bins to hold toys.

Books - 9 cube

It’s great if you can put the books into categories.  Below, you’ll find out different options for organizing books.

Ways to Organize Books

By Category

All train books are grouped together.  We have a lot of books about trains, so they are all in one cube.  If we are looking for a book about trains, we know to look in the bottom right cube.

Books by subject - trains

By Size

The largest books are all located together in the lower left cube.  It has all of the thickest and biggest books.  So you ‘ll find the children’s dictionary and picture bible here, along with the books that have 10 Curious George stories all in one book.

Books - thickest

By Season

All of the holiday and seasonal books are found in the upper right cube.  They are in chronological order.  For example:

  • Winter
  • Valentine’s Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Easter
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Going to school
  • Halloween
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

By Series

We’ve started to buy multiple books by the same author.  Those books are all in the upper left cube.  Here you ‘ll find books like:

  • Diary of a Whimpy Kid (By Jeff Kinney)
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Fly Guy (by Ted Arnold)
  • Little Critter (by Mercer Mayer)
  • Scooby Doo

Books - series

Library Books

It’s also a good idea to have one location for all of the library books.  We find it helpful to keep them on top of our 9 cube organizer.  That way, all of the library books are together, in a section of their own.

Happy reading!

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Household Updates to Make in January

January is a great time to get organized.  It’s also a good time to make updates in a few areas.

Medical Wallet Card

If you take prescription medicines, you’ll want to keep a list in your wallet.  Do you need a Medical Wallet Card?  Click here

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If you have a list of phone number posted to your refrigerator, be sure to review and update them.  Do you need a Phone Number Sheet?  Click here

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Organize Your Chargers and Cables

Are you tired of digging through cables and cords only to realize you didn’t find the right one?  Look no further.  Check out these ideas for organizing and storing your phone chargers, USB cables, and camera chargers.

Start with a Bin

An inexpensive way to organize your chargers and cables is in a small bin or basket.  A clear plastic bin, the size of a small shoebox, will get the job done and cost about $1.  By placing all of your chargers and cables in one location, they will be easier to find.  You’ll want to place the bin in a central location, preferably where you normally charge your devices.  Consider storing the bin in your office, bedroom or kitchen cabinet.

Upgrade to a Bin with Dividers

If you have a lot of small cords and cables, you may want to consider something with compartments or dividers.   A bin that’s about the size of a shoebox seems to work best for us.  You can make something on your own, or buy one that’s already made.  We found these at Target.

Charger bin

Rubbermaid makes this line of bins called bento, which have flexible dividers.   So if you need one area to be a little larger, you can fold in the dividers.  If you opt to keep the divider out, you will have more compartments, but they will be smaller.

These pre-made storage containers came in a few sizes, so we opted for the small and medium ones.  These cost between $10-20.  They also make larger ones which are a little more expensive.

Charger bin small

They are a little expensive, compared to a small plastic bin.  However, it will keep everything organized, so it will save you the cost of running out to buy a replacement charger for the one you can’t find. 🙂

Once you place your cables in the sections, be sure to label each section.  This will keep everything neat and organized.

Consider a Charging Station

If you have several devices that always need charging, then a charging station might be for you.  Ours came with a power strip so that multiple devices can charge at once.  The power cords are stored in the charging station, so you never have to dig for another cord again.  When you need a charge, simply plug in your device.

Our station was in plain view, so we opted for a nice leather one.  It cost under $50 at the time, but there are certainly less expensive ones available.

Do you still have too many chargers or cables?

If you still have too many chargers or cables, consider storing items together.  For example, we don’t use our camcorder very often.  So the charger is stored in the bag with the camcorder.  We do the same thing for our son’s camera.  When his camera needs charging, the power cord is right there in the bag.

Happy Organizing!

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