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Kid's Organized Bookcase




A basic, store-bought bookcase can become the stay-organized center for a child's entire school year with a few simple adjustments.


  1. Step 1

    Convert the top half of a bookcase into a message and display center by covering the back surface with Homasote fiberboard wrapped in linen. Metal clips hold permission slips for school events and can also be used for artwork, family photographs, or pen-pal letters. Meanwhile, books can be held in place by a tension curtain rod.

  2. Step 2

    Compartmentalized plastic trays, available at hardware stores, contain art and school supplies and can be carried to the desk when needed.

  3. Step 3

    Finally, a safe step stool makes it easy to put everything back in place.

Organizing Good Things 2004, Special Issue 2004



Reviews (3)

  • jlmor 22 Jul, 2011

    To be safe, bookcases need to be anchored to wall studs.

  • azldaniel 22 Jul, 2011

    What a clever idea. I love that this will get some of the supplies and clutter off of the desk, as well, allowing for more workspace.

  • esthersadowsky 22 Jul, 2011

    As a designer of children' bedrooms, I really like this idea. Sometimes the family has an old bookcase where the shelves have warped or in bad shape. This is a way to keep the bookcase & repurpose it. I will send this to all my clients