Ask Maxwell: Your Best Ideas for Easy Book Storage?

published Feb 21, 2022
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Back in our old apartment, when Ursula was just two, we used this vintage lawyer's bookcase for her few books. They are great and stack with a glass door that closes when you need it. They are not hard to find! Here are a bunch on ETSY.

My daughter loves reading, but her books are overflowing! Do you have any suggestions on good book organization solutions for kids?


Dear Jon,

You’ve got a good problem there to solve. I also know what it’s like when your kid loves books, but tends to treat them like empty candy-bar wrappers that get thrown on the floor after use. While it will be years before they get taught how to care for books in a proper library setting, let’s get them some easy storage, close to the floor, that makes cleanup a quick, painless affair.

Aspiration: we want our kids to put the books in themselves!
Concept: Close to the floor storage with boxed sides that hold books easily upright so their spines can be read.

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