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Rain Gutter Bookshelves {Up Again}

We have had some sort of rain gutter book shelf system in each of our homes over the last 6 years. Here they are in our last house.


In our first home together, we just had one long gutter shelf under the window and I painted grass, blue sky and clouds and decopauged Eric Carle's The Very Quiet Cricket on the wall. (My kids have fond memories of that).

It has taken me awhile to really move into our house since we renovated it last fall. I patched so many holes that I didn't want to create ANY more.

Well, I finally decided to make a few holes. {I do know how to repair them after all}

I couldn't find one of the gutters, so I only hung 3. (I later found it in the boys' room being used to launch matchbox cars and will add it later). I also had to replace the lost brackets. I use the rain gutter and the hanging brackets and don't bother with the end caps. (This saves money as the expense can add up).


Seeing the cover of a book invites a child to read it and even the youngest of children can put books away on their own.


At bedtime one night, I asked Elli to go pick out some books for me to read to her . . .


And found her reading on her own instead.



While I was at it, I rearranged and organized the play room.


I added a bean bag, 2 student desks, a reading lamp and organized the closet. A keyboard sits under the window next to the desk. I am trying to decide if I want to hang the alphabet chart on the wall.

Mali and Elli's toys are kept in this closet.