The rest of the books live on the top shelf of Michael's closet (formerly on the shelf in their shared closet). It's well past time to bring them down to the kids' level as the risk of toddler destruction has passed, I certainly don't wish to keep the kids away from books, and lifting the kids to choose their bedtime books from that high closet shelf is not as easy as it once was.
We have also always kept a basket in the hallway for library books, seasonal favorites, and recent bedtime books that are sure to repeat in the coming nights. This basket still works for us, but I envision it morphing into something bigger, perhaps the central book storage location with smaller temporary storage in both kids' rooms.
Here are some of the solutions I'm pondering for the kids' rooms.
Although the writer of 29 Rue House states that storing books in two crates as pictured above was not the best solution for her family, I am drawn to how inexpensive it would be, how it would fit well beside Sophie's bed, and that I could paint it to coordinate with her room.
Michael's room has less space remaining for book storage than Sophie's. There is a small wall beside his door that could house some shallow shelves such as the ones below.
|Another use of crates from hellobee|
2. Spice Racks
|The ol' Ikea spice rack idea at Ikea Hackers|
|A basket alternative at Decor Fix|
Check back in later to hopefully see some ideas in action!
UPDATE: Here are the book crate shelves we installed in the kids' rooms. In addition to ladder shelves in our hallway, they are the perfect book storage solution for us.