How To Organize Your Home For Reading Fun

December 12, 2012 at 20:33 | Posted in Educational, General | 1 Comment
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I knew I needed to get organized when a babysitter told my kids to clean up their rooms and my oldest daughter said, “Why? Just look at our house!”

Gulp.

So, the piles of books got organized and our house feels much tidier. I’ve found that organizing our children’s books (in more than piles) entice my kids, even the youngest, to read.

To make reading even more fun, we created cozy reading spaces in the kids’ rooms and in the living room.

You can do it, too. Here are our tried and true suggestions.

1. Create a Cozy Reading Nook for Kids

Create a reading corner for your kids to curl up in. You’ll want it to be comfy. You need a small space like a corner, window seat or tent. Then, consider where to sit and how to decorate:

Sitting

Area

Throw-pillows

Chair

Beanbag

Décor

Rug

Lamp

Posters

Blankets

Stuffed animals

Flashlights

Books

CD player for audio books

Bookmarks

Books in tubs or shelves

Drawing paper

Pencils and pens

Window seat nook for reading

2. Organize Your House 

Try to spread out the books from room to room. Then, your kids can always find a good book. So, if each room needs books, you need ideas for organization.

Floor and Table Organization

Tubs

Baskets

Freestanding bookshelf

Wagon

basket of books

Wall Organization

Repurposed Shelves: IKEA spice racks and rain gutter shelves

Bookshelves

Cubbies

How to organize your home for reading fun

Book Organization
Make mini-libraries through your house by putting similar books together, by age and/or theme.

By Age

Separate books by age: board books, picture books, and chapter books from easy to harder.

By Theme

Group books by topics: holiday, animals, magic, pop-up, library books, poetry, and so forth.

How to organize your home for reading fun

That babysitter didn’t work out. But, she did give me a wake up call to get organized.

What are your favorite ways to organize your books? Do your kids help? We’d love to hear in the comments below, or show off a photo on our Facebook wall!

Today’s guest blogger is Melissa Taylor, a mom to two girls, teacher with an M.A. in Education, freelance education blogger / writer, passionate advocate for literacy and high-quality education, and recent author of Book Love: Help Your Child Grow from Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader.

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  1. I love using baskets for our library books – it’s so easy for kids to look for the book they want, and they know where to put the books when they are done with them!


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