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September 19, 2011

sewing cards, sewing beads, russian dolls, a mask, playmobiles, finger puppets and a few books per week...

creativity books, letter writing supplies, collage supplies and nature table stuff

art supplies shelves

I have resisted the simplicity parenting idea that you have to take away the books except for 5 or 6. I just liked so many of them. But when he starts playing with them like they are blocks, or when I notice he really only reads 5 or 6 at a time anyway, I know it’s time to try it.

Now that he is in bed by 7pm, I have a little time in the evenings to do these things. It led to a major cleanup of art supplies and toys on the shelves too. All books are now stored away in categories to be rotated every week. Seasonal or holiday oriented books will be out during their season and put away in their off season. Art supplies are organized, and toys are grouped together in their baskets again. It had become very junky on those shelves. They are so much more inviting now and he can see his toys. Yes! It feels to me like he has a bunch of new things to play with now that they can be seen better.

I also like to store some of my favorite creativity books and nature guides on his shelf so we can look through them once in a while for a project if we feel like it. Next, I want to create a library book basket or something to store library books separately. Whatever it takes for me not to look through the entire house for library books the day they are due. It didn’t take long to do this, just an hour or two and it already feels so much better in here.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kimberly permalink
    September 19, 2011 9:41 am

    Love reading your blogs! For the library books, perhaps one bookend to put between your books and the library books? Keeps all the books on the shelf, but separated.

  2. karen hess permalink*
    September 19, 2011 11:51 am

    Thanks K! Great suggestion!! I’m going to do it!


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