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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Books. Books. Books. Everywhere.
One of you Sweet Friends asked me a great question awhile back.
I'm sorry it took so long to respond with this post.
"How do you organize all of your books?"
We do have books all over our house . . .
many, many, many books.
We have a 14 x 18 "Multi-Purpose Room" which is used as our . . .
with a table and bookshelves
for the 3 Young Ones
with 3 desks and computers
for Papa, Mama, and Kids
with a counter top and little table
for all of Mama's Scrapbooking
with Mama's Treadmill
It is a very, very full room . . .
and just about the most used room in the house . . .
aside from the busy, busy kitchen.
In one corner of the School Room / Office . . .
we have the "School Books" on two 5-shelf bookshelves.
The 1st bookshelf has a shelf or two for each of the Young Ones' Sonlight Curriculum.
The 2nd bookshelf has "extra" textbooks and teacher guides, organized by Subject Area.
Here are some of our Science and History text books.
Under the window in the School Room we have three 2-shelf bookshelves.
These hold all kinds of "extra" books for "school" subjects . . .
along with misc. science supplies, etc.
These bookshelves are also organized by Subject Area.
Here are some of our History and Geography books.
Hosanna likes to have her own little area for her books and study time,
so she has a little corner of the Front Entryway.
She spends hours sitting on the floor in the entryway,
rather than reading on the couch or working at the table.
One of the joys of homeschooling:
allowing freedom & flexibility in how & where we study.
Here is a peek at some of Hosanna's curriculum for this year.
Downstairs . . .
we have the "Library".
It used to be a bedroom, and all of these bookshelves used to be crammed into our upstairs'
"Multi-Purpose Room" (otherwise known as the Office/Schoolroom/Scrapbooking Room).
This little room
(which was the "hot tub room" for the previous owners)
is the perfect spot for seven 5-shelf bookshelves,
along with a desk and comfy reading chair,
and 2 little old dressers which hold all of
my seasonal decorations and table cloths.
Each of these bookshelves are organized by Subject Area.
I LOVE this little "pinterest-type" of idea that I got from a magazine.
I used Scrabble Letters to label the shelves.
I already had the double-sided tape and the scissors.
I bought a bag of 200+ Scrabble Letters off of ebay
(my first ebay purchase ever).
My double-sided tape was almost the exact width of the shelves.
Down the hallway from the Library . . .
we have the Rec. Room / Game Room . . .
where you can find 3 old bookshelves that we painted to match each other
(I believe that the two outside shelves were from my childhood.)
Here you will find a variety of children's books . . .
including "chapter books" from my childhood . . .
Dr. Seuss books, collected over many, many years . . .
all kinds of science and nature books . . .
and several wonderful sets of books that we bought from a "book salesman" 28 years ago
when Gregg was a baby. I think we got our money's worth out of them
with a dozen children . . . and who knows how many grandchildren to come.
We also have 2 sets of Encyclopedias,
which our kids have really loved to read.
Do any of you still have old encyclopedias?
Last but not least, we have 2 oak bookshelves in our Living Room.
Here, you will find all of our Antique Books . . .
and Mama's Scrapbooks.
Here is a copy of The Pilgrim's Progress that is over 100 years old.
It has a handwritten inscription on the front page . . .
dated in 1910.
How do YOU organize your books?