How do you go from this?
To this, in less than 20 minutes?
You create a lending library in your home, that’s how. How do you do that, you ask? Here’s what I did:
I pulled the books that my suns love the most, as well as a couple new ones that we haven’t read yet, and I put the rest away. And when I say I put them away, I mean they’re going in a storage bin in the basement — out of sight, out of mind. Trust me on this one. If you don’t store them out of sight and reach of the children the books will cycle back in without you realizing it. While you’re reviewing the books for storage, this is also a great time toss the books that are damaged beyond repair or give away the ones that are outside of your child’s interest or reading level.
Now that you’ve narrowed down the books you want to make available, really think about cutting that amount in half. You want your kids to fully enjoy the few books they have. Less is more. In addition to reading the books, they can draw pictures about the stories, act out different parts of the books, and discover much more imaginative story-inspired play. I think you’ll be quite surprised at how inventive they become, while instantly cutting their clutter significantly. Win, win!
When your kiddos seem to have exhausted the possibilities of the books they have, you then return them to the lending library (AKA the storage bin in the basement or wherever) and bring out “new” ones. I’ve found that the less fixed toys and books I provide for them (i.e., toys that dictate a certain type of play, i.e., character toys (Elmo, Disney)), the more they delight in the simplest things like reading (or being read to more often), playing outside, building tents and such. Oh yeah, by the way, the lending library also saves trips to the library and bookstore. Gimme back my time and money! This system can also work for toys! Dun dun dunnnn! You’re welcome. 🙂
Do you do something like this at your house? Let me know!