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    Organizing books is a labor of love! It really is only a problem when I decide to rearrange things. I don't do that too much anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aselvarial View Post
    Yikes! My mom had a HUGE built in bookcases when I was growing up, but wow, I'd go crazy with that many different bookcases to organize. Of course, I've moved 8 times in the last 16 years, so any book that was not going to be read over and over, went out the door to the nearest goodwill.
    We just moved a couple years ago. We sold all the furniture and I sorted and sold some books. But a solid third of the Uhaul trailer were books.
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    I love storage questions!

    For tools: I use a flatware picnic basket. I have scissors, glue, rulers, one-hole punch, spots for sharpened and dull pencils. (we had trouble with sharpening.. and sharpening... and sharpening... so I eliminated that by having a BUNCH of sharpened pencils to start.)

    Everything else is in tins, small baskets or cans that fit inside another basket.

    Most of this will fit into the old fashioned picnic basket with a lid. Notice the cover and carry theme.. Most everything can be easily carried. I had a similar problem, I also wanted it out of sight and the picnic basket worked great for that.


    We use a bookshelf and lots of magazine boxes. I schedule on the 9 week cycles so I have 9 boxes that correlate to a specific color. ( i stopped using dates a long time ago. ROYGBIV silver and gold. Each box has colored folder so I can tell at a glance which week it belongs to.) Magazine box for finished work, emptied weekly. Magazine box for composition notebooks (social studies, and literature) and graph composition notebooks (science.)
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    I'm kind of a curriculum junkie, so after the first three years of homeschooling, we converted one of our bedrooms into a school room. We now at least have controlled chaos. I've got ADD so its really helped me keep track of everything.
    I have a huge bookcase that has 10 adjustable shelves, and a smaller bookcase. That's where I keep all of our books. I have a desk that houses books, DVDs, and CD-Roms. DD has her own desk that has a drawer that pulls out. I also keep totes in the closet that have art supplies, paper, etc.
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    You are all making me drool, talking about floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that span entire walls, and 15+ bookcases in the house. Especially the hallway lined with narrow shelves for paperback scifi and fantasy. Sounds like a dream house for DH and me.

    I just did a quick estimation, and our total bookshelf space is puny compared to those who have what it takes to homeschool a large family over a broad range of ages, in a bookworm/learning-by-living household. I really need a full wall of shelves floor to ceiling, but am largely foiled by hot water baseboard heat everywhere except one wall, and that wall is slated for being transformed into a bookshelf system with two standup computer workstations built right in as soon as I can make it happen.

    Maybe then I will be able to eventually have people over again. Because the bedrooms are also full of books in storage, as is the basement.

    A bookstore coffee shop was one of my DH's pipe dreams of the perfect life, but I think hanging out there rather than working there, was the real dream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crunchynerd View Post
    You are all making me drool, talking about floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that span entire walls, and 15+ bookcases in the house. Especially the hallway lined with narrow shelves for paperback scifi and fantasy. Sounds like a dream house for DH and me.

    I just did a quick estimation, and our total bookshelf space is puny compared to those who have what it takes to homeschool a large family over a broad range of ages, in a bookworm/learning-by-living household. I really need a full wall of shelves floor to ceiling, but am largely foiled by hot water baseboard heat everywhere except one wall, and that wall is slated for being transformed into a bookshelf system with two standup computer workstations built right in as soon as I can make it happen.

    Maybe then I will be able to eventually have people over again. Because the bedrooms are also full of books in storage, as is the basement.

    A bookstore coffee shop was one of my DH's pipe dreams of the perfect life, but I think hanging out there rather than working there, was the real dream.
    I have the same pipe dream.
    Could you do book shelves above the heaters? Our giant shelf system down the hall is done above the baseboards because we had plans to tear out flooring (which we did) and did not want to worry about moving books and shelves. We put "L" brackets in the studs, attached horizontal boards, then put vertical end boards for support and to act as book ends. It looks like a giant hanging bookshelf. Ours is 6 inches off the floor, but you could start it at any height. Our house is very small, (1160 square feet for 9 of us), somehow we always manage to squeeze in more book shelves.
    I like the standing desk idea! We have a wall desk in the living room that holds our main computer (it also serves as our tv), we have it up higher for standing and viewing from all around the room and then I have a sofa table that slides right under and it can be pulled out to make it a sit down desk as well.
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    We've got one of those three tier IKEA shelves with drawers that looks like stairs if you were to stand at the end. All office type supplies, craft supplies, manipulatives, phonics cards, science experiment supplies are organized in the drawers. Then I keep the current workbooks/books on top of the middle tier ( I have a small tree on the top one and keep the lowest one empty to hold drying things or a cup of tea since we have a chair next to it.
    We also have three bookshelves nearby but only one is for the kids homeschooling books. The other two hold our adult resource and fictional books which do come into use while homeschooling but we'd have them even if we weren't homeschooling. And finally all the games are together, along with larger paint bottles and the rest of the 20lb bag of clay we're working our way through.
    This is all in our "dining room" but we have a casual open layout otherwise it would look like we're eating in our school room.

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    Wow lots of bookshelves. I actually don't own any. I'm a bit minimalist so I have stationary boxes holding each subject with all the usual supplies I need plus anything extra needed for the next class. I have another box for rare craft supplies and extras and a shoe box size box for scissors, rules etc all of which I keep in a closet.

    DS has a tupperware container with his daily art supplies, a bag for scap paper and a big box for finished crafts that we go through whenever it gets massive.

    For books I use 3 of my 6 cubbies (the other 3 for toys), 1 informative, 1 picture books and 1 readers and anthologies. All homeschool books used at the moment are in a magazine holder on top for easy access. I do have a cube container for other books that I keep up in a closet, mostly for ones I plan to donate but there are a few in there that are seasonal... I'm sure this will grow as he gets older and the books bigger though.

    That's it really... I'm big on purging things, so a lot gets donated if I notice it's not working or isn't getting used and I buy craft supplies only as needed.

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