I’ve learned a lot of things as a new mom. 1. I’ve learned to always carry a change of clothes for the baby everywhere I go. 2. I’ve learned how to nurse while wearing the baby in a sling and walking through the city. 3. I’ve also learned that babies care A LOT about storing their books stylishly in their room. You see, I have a large quantity of books that I’ve been storing in a basket in the nursery. I read to my daughter everyday, but I’ve been too lazy to sort through the basket so I’ve been reading the same three books repeatedly. Babies, specifically newborns, REALLY care about what books are being read to them. I’m certain that my daughter Esme is tired of reading “Mickey Mouse and the Kitten-Sitters” for the hundredth time so I’ve decided I need a better way to store her books. My ideas are limited in that there is no space in her nursery for a bookcase. In fact, there is almost no floor space for anything additional at all. Here are some of the ideas I’ve gathered as I’m planning out how I want to store them:
Idea #1: Ikea Picture Ledge: $6.99 per shelf
I like the idea of being able to see many of the books at once. No more repeating the same book over and over (until she’s old enough to make requests). I also like that I can install these low to the ground so that one day my little Esme will be able to choose books on her own and take them from the shelf… although this could be a problem eventually too! This option is also very affordable, and I love that it’s narrow enough to fit in the only empty space in our tiny nursery (behind the door). This look could also be accomplished with spice racks ($3.99).
Idea #2: Folding Dish Rack ($19.99)
I like that this idea is less permanent (no screws in the wall) and that I can see the spines on all of the books. That being said, it takes up substantial floor space, and I feel like it has a greater potential to become a disorganized mess.
Idea #3: DIY Book Slings
This idea is similar to the first one in that it is narrow and could easily fit behind the door in our nursery. It’s also incredibly customizable with different fabrics to match a multitude of decor types. It does, however, cover the majority of the front of each book. I’d like the book covers to be viewable so that one day little Esme can find the fronts of her favorite books for us to read together.
Idea #4: Acrylic Shelves ($9.50)
WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! This is by far my favorite idea. I love all things acrylic and lucite so to find an acrylic book ledge is exciting. These are narrow, allow us to see the full book cover, and modern. I’m excited to install these, and perhaps most excited to stop reading the same three books over and over.
BONUS IDEA: DIY Book Ledge AND Dress-Up Station ($69.99)
As I was perusing Ikea’s website, I saw this plate shelf with cup hooks underneath it. It’s a bit more than I want to spend, and it’s larger than the space I have available for the book storage, but HOW AMAZING OF A BOOK RACK/ DRESS-UP STATION WOULD THIS MAKE? I can just picture a multitude of dress-up costumes hanging from the cup hooks with a few books stored in the plate section.
Alright, I’m off to go read to Esme. I’m definitely going to attempt to read a different book today because no adult woman should have a Mickey Mouse book fully memorized… unless they really want to.