Book Organizing



When working with our Senior clients downsizing, it is not uncommon for us to put entire encyclopedias into the recycle bin, along with several bags of books.  Too many books can cause problems for health and also pose an organizing challenge. 


Scrapbook paper is acid-free so that it does not break down and yellow.  However, newspapers, magazines, and books are not acid free and will break down quickly.  Also, they collect dust and mold and the paper disintegrates over time.  This contributes to poor air quality.  The more stuff in your home, the harder it is to eliminate dust and other irritants.  Cleaning around stacks of books and knick-knacks is more labor intensive.  Paper is also a fire hazard, so it is best to minimize the amount you have in your home.  Share your books with others now, before the information they hold is of no use. 


Step 1.  Thinning out your library


Let go of books you won’t read again, that are out of date, that you disliked, that have never been read and you don’t intend to in the next 6 months.  Paperbacks were designed to be inexpensive, not archival.  Consider only keeping hardcover books, as these are designed to last.  Remember that your local library has most of these books and an internet search can provide you with a lot of the reference information in books.


Remove torn dust jackets. You may choose to remove all the dust jackets, for a tidier look.  Dust jackets are useful when you take hardcover books along with you, but don’t do much good when on shelved books.  Use a damp cloth to wipe down the shelves and books.


Step 2.  Arranging books


Categorize books by genre, topic, use, frequency of use.  So examples would be reference books, children’s books, cookbooks, or travel books. Within these categories, arrange by height and line them up to the edge of the shelf so they all appear to be the same depth.


Alternate stacking methods. Stack some books upright and others lying down.  Fat books should be laid horizontally and stacked to create more room.  Use these horizontal stacks of books as a pedestal for displaying items. 


Use magazine holders to tidy up magazine subscriptions.  You can also use baskets or decorative boxes for maps and unbound papers.


Step 3.  Getting the right look

For a modern look, don’t be afraid to leave shelves bare.  Bring attention to your favorite books that have beautiful covers by stacking a few in isolation, as opposed to filling the whole shelf.  Keeping uniform looking books together also appeals to a modern design.

Once the books have been placed on the shelves, find decorative and sentimental items you would like to display.  Accessorize with vases, figurines, and picture frames.   

Get artistic by choosing items that match the color scheme of your room. Try alternating different shaped items: a square box, a curvy vase, a spherical paper weight.  Try painting your bookcase a vibrant color to make it the focus, as opposed to your ragtag collection of books.

Keep the shelf balanced in terms of the size of the books and the items you place on the shelf.  You may decide to have one shelf just for photos or collectables to accent these items.  You can lean plates and frames against the back of the shelf and place smaller items in front.

The idea of a library in your home has a cozy, nostalgic feel, but books can take up too much room and are too hazardous to keep for just decoration.  Keep the books you use and loveFree Articles, pass along the rest while it they are still current for someone else to enjoy.



But even more importantly to understand is the fact that these hurts release a stress hormone in the brain which can cause your child to be unfocused and even agitated.

Parents tend to forget or just do not know how sensitive their children are, not only in what they see and hear, but what they feel as well. So here are the four kinds of pain that children experience that can affect their behavior.

Aggression. This not only includes the aggression that they receive from their parents, but also from siblings or other children. Hitting or spanking as well as yelling are all forms of aggression. This is where the strict disciplinarian will often hurt their child through aggression and even domination. Instead of treating their child with respect, they order their children around for no other reason than they do not understand that there are other ways to discipline their children.

Negligence. This is a lack of attention and of a nurturing atmosphere and even a lack of stimulation. Or, this could also mean an atmosphere where your child is overly stimulated without you even knowing it. By leaving your baby or toddler in front of the television while you do other things opens up the possibility of over stimulation by what they are watching on the screen. And as your children grow older, they are bombarded by sights and sounds of violence on the television. By sitting them in front of the tube while you do other things subjects them to all sorts of things that they tend to imagine that they could be in that same situation.

Life Changes. There are some things that we have no control over such as accidents or natural disasters. However, things such as changing schools or divorces are things that we can control, but are sometimes unavoidable. Life changes are difficult for adults, so imagine how difficult they are for children.

Hurts from birth. This can range from a breached birth experience to fetal distress, even Cesarian section delivery. These can have long term effects on a child, which can include problem behavior.

I know firsthand about this type of hurt. I was seven months pregnant with our son when we were involved in a serious car accident. I suffered a serious head injury and went into labor right away, but the doctors stopped the contractions. He was born on time at full term, but he has always displayed a short temper and mood swings. It has been shown that the trauma that I went though while he was still in the womb has played a huge part in his behavior problems.

There are so many different experiences that your child has to try to process, and they can pick up the littlest amount of stress, not only while away from homeFree Web Content, but while at home as well. You can help to keep this stress to a minimum by making sure that they do not feel these types of pain.

Be Kind | A Children's Story about things that matter

What exactly is kindness? What is it to be kind? Is it being helpful? Being polite? Does it have to be a big act to be more kind? Well maybe the smallest act is the most powerful. Let’s have a look at this meaningful book BE KIND by author Pat Zietlow Miler and illustrator Jen Hill.

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