Bookshelf Makeover
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My daughter’s bookshelf makeover

I finally tackled the project of organizing my daughter’s room and a bookshelf makeover was one of the biggest winning features! Her room has bothered me for a long time.

For a little girl of 7, she is quite good at tidying up her room and loves to organize. Sometimes it becomes too unmanageable though and I need to step in. I realized that her bookshelf became a dump zone for everything she couldn’t pack away (she has too much stuff!) so this was a priority.

Bookshelf Makeover

Bookshelf Makeover

After deep-cleaning her room, we tackled her bookshelf makeover together. We sorted through everything cluttering up her bookshelf and decided on what to toss. Everything we kept was reorganized. Her bookshelf is now much neater and more organized making all her stuff more accessible!

Bookshelf Makeover

Reclaiming my daughter’s dump zone

Alex is a bit of a hoarder like her brother. They hate throwing things away. I think my passion for reusing and re-purposing has influenced them! But some stuff you just have to get rid of because clutter is chaos!

Bookshelf Makeover

It was a big negotiation before she agreed to get rid of things she had been hoarding. She wanted to keep everything including her school notebooks from last year, used activity books, games with missing pieces, baby books, etc.  The only way to convince her to let it go was a promise to donate it to our local library.

Fortunately, our library is currently running a campaign to collect your unwanted toys and redistribute them to kids who are less fortunate. Alex really liked the idea that her beloved toys, although no longer played with, would be equally loved by another child.

Bookshelf Makeover

A bookshelf makeover: Organization

Alex has the prettiest dolls that were stored and hidden from sight in her toy box. We’ve taken them out of hiding and displayed as many as we could on the bookshelf and they look stunning there! They make her room look colorful and so girly! She is such a lucky girl to get these beautiful dolls from my Aunt who lives in the Middle East. Some of them even sing nursery rhymes in Arabic!

Library books and hair ties

We then organized her bookshelf by dedicating a shelf to each of the following sections:

  • Activity and coloring books (things to do)
  • Story books with audio CD’s (read aloud and listen books)
  • Accessories (hair stuff and her collection of sunglasses)
  • Games
  • Library books
  • Handbags
  • Toy musical instruments

And so we carried on until she was completely happy with her bookshelf makeover. I loved that her room is clean, looks completely different, decluttered and all without spending a single cent!

Bookshelf Makeover

Now that she is more organized, I hope she’ll enjoy spending many busy, quiet moments in her bedroom. There is now no reason for me to hear the usual, “Mom, I’m bored! I literally have nothing to do!“.Bookshelf Makeover

Where are your dump zones in your home? Leave a comment below and let me know how I can help you to reclaim and declutter them!


Anthea O'Neill is a wife and proud mom of three. She is front-end web developer, blogger and a self-proclaimed glitter & yarn addict. Anthea's Project Life is a blog for the modern mom.

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  1. Pamela says:

    One doesn’t realise how much we hoard. Its all necessary though but in itself so unnecessary. I find that only when we moved houses did most of the things get thrown out

    1. So true! But Alex likes to keep everything. I find stuff in the oddest little bags, carrier bags, boxes, shoe boxes!

  2. I love a good bookshelf, put together creatively! I love what you did, making each shelf something specific! So clean and pretty and well organized! Winning! Megan xx

    1. Thanks Megan! It really helps her to use her things more often when it is organized properly!

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