Given that my child has over 500 books, itâ€™s not a surprise that she often wants to bring one into the bathroom when sheâ€™s doing her business. This posed two minor problems. First, she wouldnâ€™t realize until she was already in the bathroom with her pants pulled down that she didnâ€™t have a book which meant sheâ€™d go running off in a tizzy to find one. Second, there wasnâ€™t a good place to set the book before or after the reading.
It certainly wasnâ€™t the end of the world, but it was a fun little problem to ponder. I kept my eye out in stores for something that might work. I thought aboutÂ mounting a long, rectangular bin like one of these drawer organizers, and I looked for something metal at a thrift store that I could repurpose with a little spray paint. In the end, I found this lovely, metal, desktop letter sorter at Office Depot for $7. It comes in black and white. The pattern reminds me of a decorative register vent.
Mounting was very easy. The pattern in the sorter is open enough to accommodate a screw so I just chose two open points in the pattern that looked close to equidistant from the edges and level. Although the load on the shelf should be small (< 5 lb.), I felt using wall anchors was a good idea since a small child can impart a lot of force unintentionally. A 5-pack of wall anchors and screws costs about $2.50 at Loweâ€™s, making my project less than $10. The anchors I chose are easy to install so the shelf was up in 10 minutes. You drill a hole in the wall, push in the anchor (might need to tap it in with a hammer), then screw the screw into it. I considered spray painting the screw heads white, but figured they wonâ€™t show if thereâ€™s always a book or magazine in the rack.
Time will tell if the anchors will hold up, but right now Iâ€™m very pleased with the result, as is my daughter.