decluttering kid's bookshelves

September 14, 2011

I don't know about you, but I love peeking at other people's bookshelves. So I thought I'd try to zoom in on Juliet's bookshelf and show you what I ended up with after my decluttering attempt last week.

Right away, you math-minded people are noticing that I do NOT have 10% of each shelf free or even what could be considered 10%-ish free. Bear with me. 

My first step was to make the 10% holes.

And for about 10 minutes, I had 10% free on each shelf. 

Then I decided to pull them all off the shelves and reshelf them according to genre.

I learned a lot about my preferences and my collecting habits which helped me decide which were our favorites/keepers.

And that of course required me to place a few more on each shelf than I had originally intended. (Must keep the collections together!)

I did end up getting rid of a substantial pile of books (so I'm proud of myself for that.)

Here's what I did: 

From left to right (starting with the top row): 

1. Human Body books and Bibles/Bible stories. 
Strange combo? Yes, but this is what fit. I've got a budding neurosurgeon on my hands and quite the collection of kid's Bibles. 
Eleven Hungry Cats
These are the BEST books. I definitely collect these and love every single one. Some are from my own childhood collection and some are "new" ones discovered at Goodwill. Juliet loves them as much as I do.  I would say these are our "go-to" books--we never get tired of them. 
COME OVER TO MY HOUSE by Theo. LeSieg, illustrated by Richard Erdoes (1966 Hardcover 63 pages, A RANDOM HOUSE Cat in the Hat I CAN READ IT ALL BY MYSELF Beginner Book)
3. Dr. Seuss and friends books. 
The classics--Suess, Eastman, etc. Never get tired of these either. 
Cinderella (Vintage 1982 Whitman edition)
4. All things Disney
Mostly, these are concessions to Juliet--I am not such a fan of the newer ones, but I do have several vintage copies of the classics like Bambi, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, etc--so there is a little something for both of us on this shelf. 
The Pop-Up Book of Boats
5. Random Vintage books. 
These are just a variety of old books I've found and we have fallen in love with along the way. 
Growing Vegetable Soup (Voyager Books)
6. The New Classics. 
Mostly, these are newly published books that we have fallen in love with at the library and found for ourselves at goodwill. 
Peter's Chair (Picture Puffins)
If they are on this list, they are on this shelf.
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
8. Fairy Tales.
I have several fairy tale collections as well as Mother Goose and poetry on this shelf. 

One collection is missing: the little golden books.

I moved them downstairs!

I'll try to share that one soon.

What genres/collections do you have on your shelves?

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