So many homeschool books, so little space in our house. I am a book hoarder. I feel like I am a major homeschool book hoarder which then leads me to organize homeschool books. Organizing homeschool books in a way that makes them easily accessible for lessons, and not laying everywhere.
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We often run into a book overflow problem. We go to the library and come home with so many books, and then we have nowhere to put them because we already have books all over our house. Does this sound like you?
Book Storage Ideas
Factors in Play When Organizing Books
First decide what matters most when organizing your home library. Here are three common priorities:
- Space—The amount of room you have available for books determines how many you keep and where they’ll go
- Convenience— All students and adults need to easily access books, while possibly making them inaccessible to very young children and/or pets
- Appearance—Books are kept in an orderly manner that doesn’t create a cluttered feeling in the room
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Organizing Homeschool Books Per Curriculum
One way to organize your homeschool books is to keep the books for each curriculum or curriculum level you use, separate from the other books. We use cube organizers, which is a great way to keep the different curriculum together with all their books.
If you are planning to reuse the curriculum later on with your young children, store them all together in a tote so you aren’t looking for the books later on. Don’t forget to label your totes so you know what curriculum is in each tote.
Mark Books per Curriculum
If you want to keep all the books together on a bookshelf instead of having them separated you can use a sticker system to know what books go with which curriculum. Similar to how libraries make some books with thriller or mystery stickers to easily mark the genres of books.
Pack Them Away
Homeschool materials can take over your house. If you aren’t using those books, pack them away! There is no reason to have books out on your bookshelf and in your way if you aren’t going to be using them for a few months or even a few weeks.
Or, maybe try borrowing them from the public library instead of buying them altogether if you don’t have room to store them.
As mentioned before, we use cube storage a lot. Cube storage allows you to separate materials per curriculum or subject, or maybe by reading level. There are also baskets or boxes that you can buy to fit into these cube storage units to hide books or materials that you would rather not look at all the time.
Amazon has some very creative bookshelves and storage units, some that, I wish my kids were young enough for that would be great for reading times together and for organizing homeschool books.
Bookshelves that have a small footprint but hold a lot of books is what you are going to want to look for if you are in a smaller house. Remembering that you don’t need to keep every book out on the shelf all the time.
Creating a reading space with curriculum book storage is a great way to organize books that you are going to be reading aloud.