Organizing homeschool stuff in our home is… interesting.
Six of us live in a 3 bedroom home. While our home is spacious compared to some, it is small compared to most. But, who is comparing? I believe in loving what you have because it is all a gift from God. So, as I seek to be content, I got a little creative with how we stash away our homeschool supplies.
Basic Supplies and Printables
Since the number of children I am schooling is increasing and the amount of supplies seems to be doubling, I did something that I didn’t ever think I would… I evicted my china from the hutch.
Previously, I had the china stashed in the top behind the glass and our homeschool files in the bottom behind the door, but all good things must come to an end and I had to put it away in a kitchen cabinet.
On top of the hutch, I have a plastic bin for math manipulatives, language arts and writing manipulatives, and play dough. Inside the cabinet, I use pencil boxes, empty wipes containers, and plastic shoe boxes to organize our basics: crayons, markers, chalk, counting cubes, pencils, alphabet stamps, and such.
Moving down the hutch, I keep my teacher’s manuals and reference materials in the middle. I have a two-shelf desk organizer for the children to get scratch paper (bottom) and turn in their work (top).
Some of our supplies just do not seem to have a home anywhere or I want them clearly set apart from everything else so the children remember that they are HANDS-OFF. Those items go in the drawer of the hutch.
If you are wondering where I found those nifty drawer organizers, they are the wooden trays from Melissa and Doug toys. Reduce, reuse, recycle… right? Besides, they are perfect.
The bottom of the hutch only changed slightly.
The purple crate is full of files for seasonal and subject-specific printables. The smaller file box is reserved for preschool ABC printables. Behind that box I have stashed all the workbooks that we rarely use but I like to keep handy if someone needs a little extra something to do.
Workboxes and Table Space
Our workbox system has really changed since we first started homeschooling. I truly love our workcards and how the children can keep their books right inside the drawer. The system takes minutes to reset each day and the caddy can move where ever I want it to go.
The children typically have school right around the kitchen table together. I had avoided that previously because I was afraid they would distract one another. However, I think they spent more time being distracted (and I had to run around a lot more) when they were set up in different places through the dining area and living room because they were getting up to go look at what a sibling was doing instead of staying on task. Now, they can see at a glance who is doing what and the curiosity is satisfied.
Some days, we do mix it up a little. This year, I bought lap trays for each child and we put them in a broad circle on the floor with me seated in the mush pot.
Educational Games and Toys
This space has not changed… much. Some of the larger items where moved from the closet to the laundry room where we have shelves around the room about eight inches from the ceiling with another row of shelving about eight inches under that.
One thing that is different (and not pictured) is that I used the bare space on the wall by adding hooks and hanging some games in lingerie bags or from hangers.
My craft cabinet is a dream come true. Having it right beside our dining table is also extremely convenient too. The plastic storage boxes pictures on top of the cabinet have been more to the laundry room and were replaced my our globe. It’s prettier that way.
The organizers are from Dollar Tree and were formally used as our workboxes.
Other Nooks and Crannies
- Our listening center remains in the living room but we did add a recliner beside the shelf. The children love to snuggle together in the chair and read.
- The children use the computer on a computer hutch which rests adjacent to our dining table.
- And, of course, our “physical education department” is right outside the backdoor.