Next project – Kid Bookshelves

Liam is about to turn four and this little man has quite the book collection.  The collection is part in thanks to my friends gifting a book in lieu of a card when I had Liam’s baby showers and he receives an abundance of books from his grandparents along with others.  Great problem to have – but finding a new way to store this growing collection of  books is the design dilemma.

Currently, we rotate the books out every couple weeks and store them in his side table / night stand.

Side Table - Stores books / Vintage airplane

Side Table – Stores books / Vintage airplane

If you want to check out Liam’s entire room you can here.

The side table is “fine” but I am wanting a better solution that hold more books and of course on a friendly budget.

I stumbled upon a wonderful blog called The Aestate the other day and loved the bookshelves she just used for her daughters room.

plastic shelf

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Don’t you love them?  Sort of doctor’s office-esque but that is another reason why I like them.

Simple.  Clear.  Inexpensive.  PERFECT.

You can find these puppies here and range from $8.75 per shelf to $13.50 per shelf depending on size.

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Add in some hardware costs – still a great solution to displaying books and making them easily accessible for little man to reach.  Hoping that he doesn’t think they are climbing mechanisms to scale the wall.

What do you think?!

Chalkboard Labels

Last year, I decided to get my son’s toys under control in our basement. So I painted an old white shelf we had in the garage red and found every kind of bucket and bin we had around the house. I organized his toys so that each bin had some sort of theme (i.e. – Toy Story, Avengers, Robot Dinos, Cars, etc.). That way, he could pull one down and know that all of his robotic dinosaurs were together, which is very important for a kid who remembers every single toy he owns.

And recently, I decided to try out chalkboard labels as a way to identify each bin. Remember Jill’s fabulous “Little Details” post? I had bought some labels on eBay a long time ago, and she inspired me to finally get them out and put them to use. If you can’t find any on eBay, the ones I bought are also sold by this Etsy shop. I bought a pack that has all different sizes, so I can find all kinds of uses for these babies.

Chalkboard Labels

Chalkboard Labels




Chalkboard Labels - Varied Sizes

Chalkboard Labels – Varied Sizes

Then I went to Hobby Lobby to find chalkboard pins because I’d read about them on another blogger’s site. I found these and used the weekly 40% off coupon.

Chalkboard Markers

Chalkboard Markers

I love the way the labels give character to the play area setup.

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Galvanized Bucket Storage

Galvanized Bucket Storage

Have you ever used chalkbaord labels before?