Megin of GNMParents on keeping track of library books:
We go to the library almost weekly. Between the 3 kids and myself our library bag is overflowing when we leave. For a long time it was common to lose track of the books- they would get mixed in with the books we owned (all 9 gazillion of them!) and left in every room in the house. This made returning books a bear and we almost always had late fines.
Enter the library book basket: I bought a special basket that stays in the living room. This is now the home for all things library. The kids learned very quickly to return books to the basket- even the 2 year-old. Now when it’s time to return items, we just dump them back into the library bag and we know we are returning everything we borrowed.
The same idea would work for movie and game rentals, although we avoid the late fee problem altogether with Netflix.
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