My kids love books. We've acquired a lot through the years. My best friend Pam buys them books for every holiday. Grammie Gwynne gives us lots of books too. We have hand be downs from my nieces and nephews. David and I rarely buy them books.
Emily has 2 bookshelves in her room, so the majority of the books accumulate there. It was always packed so tight that you could never find a particular book. They were stacked on top, on the floor and every other direction. Then, she had no room for her toys or little ponies or anything else. Her room was always a mess and it was mainly due to the overcrowding of books. We had books everywhere else too. In Ben's room, in the bathroom, in the car, a basket full in the family room, there were books in every room of the house.
Whoever designed our family room should be fired as an architect. Where I'm standing in this photo is a walkway to the kitchen and to the left is another walkway to the living room and the sliding glass door to go outside. They built this nice cubby for a TV, but if you put one there, you could never see it from the only wall available for a sofa. It's completely wrong. This huge hole has always been used for our Christmas tree. The other 11 months, it just looks off.
We went to Costco and saw they replaced all of their Christmas toys and decorations with furniture. And there is a huge beautiful bookcase that would fit perfect in that spot. At Christmas, we can move it out and put the tree there. It'll give me a reason to dust it thoroughly once a year, which is about all I can handle.
Last night, we gathered all the books. It took over an hour. Mainly because my "helpers" kept getting distracted with books they hadn't seen in awhile.
Here is most of the stack.
We sorted them in piles for Noah, Ben and Emily. Each can have a row on the new bookshelf. Then we put them from biggest to smallest. You can see Noah's and Ben's row in the photo above of our living room.
Curiosity was killing me. I had to count them. Anybody want to venture a guess?
We'll have after pictures, well after.