Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Quick Tip: Use poster tubes to keep items on the shelf neatly

If there's one thing that drives me crazy, it's a messy DVD shelf. I can forgive unruly fiction and nonfiction shelves because the books are all different shapes and sizes. BUT there is NO EXCUSE (and yes, I am yelling at you) for anything but the straightest line of DVDs. I am a laid-back person in general but militant about this. 
So, how can busy librarians keep their DVD shelves nice and tidy? A little recycling of poster tubes is how. We are constantly getting promotional posters from publishers via our book distributor. Like any children's librarian, I am a hoarder of things that may be useful in the future. The big tubes I use individually behind the DVD cases and the smaller ones I tape together in a bundle. Anyone else out there do this? It saves us so much time! 

Business in the front
Party in the back

3 comments:

Another thing you can use are those swim noodles. They can be trimmed to fit the shelf and can be found during spring & summer at the dollar stores.

We use empty Kleenex boxes. Live in the middle of allergy country and you have a lot of those.

WHY WHY WHY must wonderful children always try to push everything to the back of the shelf?

We used tubes for awhile, but then purchased 2 x 4 lumber, cut it length, sanded it, poly urethaned it and it works well.