Do your kids have a large collection of books? As awesome as it is to have a lot of books, it is still important to declutter and organize kids’ books every so often! You will find that when you organize your kids’ books, they will read more. Plus, they will pick up books that they might not have even realized they had. Or they might reread a old favorite book. Sharing the best tips for how to organize kids’ books!
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How do you organize a lot of children’s books?
Before you can figure out how to organize a lot of children’s books, you need to declutter them! Your kids’ books will never stay organized if you have too many books. When you have piles of books that are all over the place, kids do not know where to find them. So ultimately, they will not read as much.
You will find that when your kids’ books are organized in a clear manner, they will reach for a book more often!
5 Steps to Declutter and Organize Kids’ Books
We will discuss some of the best ways to organize kids’ books. But first, we need to talk about how to declutter your kids’ books.
Collect all of your kids’ books and pile them in one place.
The first step to decluttering your kids’ books is to take inventory of all the ones that you have! So gather up your books from all over the house and pile them into one spot. You might have books in the living room, kid’s bedroom and even the car!This step is a good way to see how big your book collection really is.
Group books into categories.
The next step to decluttering your kids’ book collection is to group the books into categories. Now you can see what types of books your kids have a lot of. Think of your kids’ book collection as an at home library. By having books grouped together, they will be able to quickly and easily reach for the genre they want.
Here are some kids’ book genres you can use to categorize their book collection:
- Picture books
- Board Books
- Reference books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, joke books, how to books and fact books
- Early Reader Books
- Early Chapter Books
- Elementary Chapter Book Series
- Middle School Chapter Books
- Book Sets
- Children Chapter Classics like Judy Blume and Beverly Clearly
- Graphic Novels
- Seasonal Books
Your book categories will depend on the book collection that you have. So you may or may not have books in all of these genres.
Get Rid of Books
Now it is time to declutter your kids’ books! Take a look at the different piles. Are there duplicate books? Are there books that your kids did not enjoy reading? Get rid of books your kids do not read. This is the time to let go of books that your kids have outgrown. I’ll share what to do with your children’s old books later in the post.
Put Books on Display
You have pared down your kids’ books to the ones you want to keep. Now, you need to decide how to display and organize your kids’ books.
There are several different way to display children’s books. But the key thing to keep in mind is that you want your kids’ books to be easily accessible. You can have a pretty book display but if it is too hard for the kids to reach the books, then they will not read them. Also, you want to make sure that it is easy for the kids to keep their books organized. If the book organization method is not clear for them, then the books will be disorganized in no time!
Keep similar books together and make sure that the kids can see the titles of the books. So the book binding should be facing outward on a kids’ book shelf.
Rotate Seasonal Children’s Books
One way to get kids to read different books is to rotate their books. This might not be something you want to do all the time, but the holidays are a good time to bring out different books. You can even store holiday books along with your holiday decorations! This will free up more book shelf space and it will remind you to bring out seasonal books!
What should you do with old kids’ books?
Now that you have pared down your kids’ book collection, you are wondering what to do with the old books. The great thing about getting rid of books is that there are a lot of things that you can do with old books.
1. Share books with your friends and family.
Do you know someone that has younger kids? Everyone loves to get new books for their kids. What is old to you is new to the person you are gifting the books to!
2. Donate to a free little library or community library.
Another way to get rid of old books is to donate them! Bring your kids’ books to a free little library near you. Or if you can not find one of those, than you might be able to donate gently used books to your local library. Often times, libraries will have book sales with the donated books to help raise money for the library.
3. Host a Book Swap
Several years ago, my daughter hosted a book swap at the beginning of the summer. It was a great way to celebrate the end of the school year. Plus, the girls all were able to get some new books to read for the summer!
4. Take to a Book Resale Shop
Another great way to get rid of old children’s books is to try to sell them! If you have a local used bookstore in the area, try to sell your books that are in great to excellent condition. You should not expect to get a lot of money back but is certainly an incentive, especially for kids, to get rid of some books.
5. Sell Kids’ Books on Facebook Marketplace
Another option for selling kids’ books is to list them on Facebook Marketplace. The best kids’ books to sell on Facebook Marketplace are elementary school chapter books. If you have the entire collection of a particular children’s series, you should have no trouble selling the books. There is no bad time to try to sell kids’ books but a really great time to list them is at the beginning of the summer. Parents are always looking for summer reading for their kids! Read my post Best Tips for Selling on Facebook Marketplace to help you get the best money for your books!
6. Use Old Books as Art
Another great use for old books is to actually put the books on display! You could frame old book covers and put them on display in a kid’s bedroom or playroom! This is a great way to re purpose old books and bring new life to them!
Kids’ Book Storage Ideas
Once you have pared down your kids’ book collection, it is necessary to figure out how and where to store them. There are a lot of great storage solutions for organizing kids’ books!
The best place to store books in in the kid’s bedroom. They are much more likely to grab a book to read at bedtime if the books are within an easy reach!
If you have enough space, a big bookcase is a great way to store kids’ books. We love this large size bookshelf. We can group books by categories into the different compartments. This bookcase comes in several different finishes.
If you do not have enough room for a bookcase, you could hang a few book shelves. These acrylic book shelves are so stylish and functional. Hang a few of these shelves near your kid’s bed for an easy reach for bedtime stories!
My youngest son gets out of bed so many times to grab books from the bookshelf. I finally realized that I needed a book basket by his bed with some of his favorite bedtime stories. It is nice for him to have easy access to his own books. Plus, it to have a basket to keep the book clutter at bay.
Baskets of books can be incorporated into other places in the house. It is nice to have a basket of books in the living room and playroom. You never know when your kids will want to read books!
Create a Book Nook
Another great option for storing kids’ books is to set up a book nook!
For many years, we had a tepee set up as a book nook! I would put a few seasonal books inside the tepee and my kids loved to crawl inside and read by themselves. You can fit a reading nook just about anywhere you have a corner!
Ideas for Small Spaces
There are a lot of clever ways to store books if you do not have much space. You can use wooden crates, wire baskets and under the bed storage.
If you are short on space, you do need to be mindful about how many books you own. You should only have as many books as your space allows!
Here are a few additional kids’ book storage ideas!
These wire baskets are nice for younger kids because they can see what is inside of them.
There are so many great options for organizing kids’ books. What do you do with all of your kids’ books?