Cool idea for study space for the kiddos - one on each side. We could easily repurpose bookshelves we already have - even doublign them, so they are the same. Top shelf would probably have to be mostly decorative storage. Baskets on end is a great idea!
To prevent hair and dirt from sticking to your baseboards, after cleaning them rub a dryer sheet over the surface. The fabric softener will help to repel dirt. Just remember to re-apply every so often!