Books. They breed. Late at night while you sleep they are busy multiplying and before you know it your house looks like this:
We have a lot of books. They're given for birthdays, picked up at yard sales, and then at random people will drop boxes of books on my doorstep. I don't always know who these gifts are from and in these situations I can't help but wonder if they know the mixed blessing they are bestowing on us hence the anonymity. Don't get me wrong, we love books and a box of new to us books causes great excitement amongst the small people. However, do you find that your kids can't just look at one book? My kids have to look at 5 or 6 at a time and then they "forget" where they're supposed to go when they're done with them. Also, because we have so many I find that a lot of books just do not get read. They tend to just get lost on the shelf slotted in to be read later but often never to be seen again.
To combat this problem (books that don't get read are just sad) I turned this (FYI: This is about 1/8th of the books I had to sort. They didn't all fit on my 10 ft long dining table):
Ahhh...that's better. And yes, it has for the most part solved the book mess problem. We've had it like this for around 8 months and miraculously, the books get put back in the correct folder and if they don't its easier for the princesses to put them back where they belong.
The boxes are from IKEA but I bought them off of Amazon.
The labels I printed from HERE. They're cute and free. It could also be cute and useful to have a picture for each book category.
So if you're looking for a quick and easy way to organize your books I highly recommend these boxes or you could do the flowing out the door technique like in the first picture. ;)