Once upon a time, I was a first grade teacher.
This has been a long time coming, but I finally collected ALL of my books, cataloged them, and color coded them so that even Little Man can put them away.
The first step was cataloging every.single.book! I decided to organize the books by author's last name. But I also tagged the books by topics, book series, holidays, etc. so I could easily find books that I want to pull out for a special occasion.
Now I can easily check to see if I have a book before purchasing a duplicate copy! (I have a bad habit of collecting several copies of the same books!)
Doesn't this rainbow of dot stickers make you happy?! Well, I ordered all different shades of dots to help me color code the books. (You can see where I ordered these here on Amazon.)
Next, I created a book key for each letter of the alphabet. Just about every book, I coded by author's last name. But I labeled board books, golden books, and chapter books separately because I planned to organize them separately. I added dots and stars to dots to vary them a bit when I ran out of new colors.
As I cataloged each book in my list, I matched the author's last name to the book key to the appropriate colored dot.
Book tape is one of my favorite things in the world! I stuck the colored dot to the spine of each book, and used book tape to secure it.
Isn't this a happy sight?!
Using poster board, I created sections for each letter of the alphabet with matching dot stickers.
We were lucky enough to find a set of book shelves that fits into Little Man's closet. We have been teaching him how to match the colored dot on the books so he knows where to put his books away. So far he follows the rules like a champ!
However, I am a firm believer in rotating toys and books. The books on these shelves stay in Little Man's closet--and he knows these books are off limits for every day browsing. Every 2 weeks or so, I rotate his books. These shelves are kind of like "home base."
For now, he has full access to these shelves in his bedroom...
He has full access to his board books and a collection of other books. I plan on rotating the books on these shelves so he is constantly entertained by new stories! We have used this system for 4 months now, and it works like a charm!
Getting organized feels SO good! I am proud of my book collection, and now it really works.
Enjoy your week!
PS Today you can find me over at A Little Tipsy, where I'm sharing in Michelle's fun Make a Memory series! Come stop by and say hello!