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Encouraging kids to love their books

Ever notice how your public library arranges its kids' books? They're usually in bins that the kids can stand at, flipping the books towards themselves until they find the book cover they're interested in.
In my organized mind, I love seeing books on my bookshelf, all lined up with spines matching. Yet when my kids came along, I found that if they wanted to find a book to look at they usually dumped the bookshelf contents onto the floor. This drove me crazy, especially when they'd walk on them.
I soon learned that kids recognize a book by its cover, not its spine. Obviously the library already knew this (I'm a slow learner). I transferred all of my kids' books into clear tubs and mini-cardboard boxes I got at a local apple orchard. I placed these book bins in strategic areas: next to their beds, in each bathroom and in the family room.
What I liked most about this new storage option was the fact that the kids found putting books away easier and faster than on a bookshelf. And any time you can get a child to put their stuff away, it's magical!
Here's to the magic in your life!
Audrey Thomas
Certified Professional Organizer®
A.K.A. Organized Audrey

posted on: 7/22/2008 10:00:00 AM by Audrey Thomas
category: Homes

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Audrey Thomas is passionate about working from home and doing it in a way that benefits her family as well as her business. As a nationally recognized speaker she is the author of 50 Ways to Leave Your Clutter, The Road Called Chaos and What's for Dinner? While she's not afraid of the dark or spiders, she hates critters who move fast.

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