You don’t need a lot of money to do this. Shoeboxes would work fine. I use the drawer-organizer boxes from IKEA. They’re floppy, but that’s okay.
It’s been an evolution. Three years ago, that same spot looked like this:
Unfortunately our library was getting out of control. We simply had too many books!
So over Winter Break, we bought three shelves from IKEA. Here’s the result:
Picture books are now upstairs in the new and improved reading nook.
When I think about what I’d like to spend money on in my home, bookshelves aren’t top of the list. That’s why it’s taken so long to get here. But I want my kids to know they come from a family that celebrates reading.
Someday our playroom will turn into a library. I’ll have a snack cabinet in there, plus a big table for high-school projects. The reading nook will get a larger chair. The picture books will be packed away.
Right now though, we have room to grow and a quiet place to read. The only hitch is getting the toys put away!