My son's bookshelves are overflowing which is kind of great, but sends us all on a goose chase when he has a specific request since our books aren't organized in any way. If I'm lucky, I can remember the color of the spine and that speeds things up. I love this simple book storage idea for alphabetizing books.
Margaret of Homemade City
stenciled this for a school library and notes that the idea would translate nicely to a home book collection. It appears that this library is alphabetizing by author (as most do), but you could also alphabetize by title if that works better for your brain.
Each title doesn't have to be in order (that's pretty unrealistic with young kids), but breaking your books down into smaller alpha groups would definitely reduce the amount of time you spent hunting for specific titles. And having kids learn to find the first letter of the title or author and sort this way is an educational bonus.
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