Every time I type homeschool organization in Pinterest I get these gorgeous images of gigantic homeschool classrooms. When I first started homeschooling this was really hard for me. We are homeschooling in a small space. Our home is 1000 sq ft which is bigger than some but doesn’t leave extra room for those gorgeous homeschool rooms. However, we make it work and I am really happy with how we do things. I wanted to share some of my tips for organizing homeschool in a small space. It may seem overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be.
Organizing Homeschool in a Small Space
If you are homeschooling in a small space it may be a good idea to use some digital curriculum. As a Teaching Textbooks family, I can’t recommend it enough for Math. We really love it. Sometimes a great way to save space in your homeschool is by using a digital curriculum that is stored on your computer instead of in closets and shelves.
Bookshelves and Cabinets
We have a great bookshelf with a door on it in our kitchen. It’s the perfect place to store curriculum, school supplies, work baskets, and anything else that can be put away for later. This may be a great way to store schoolwork where you can get to it when you need to and put it away when you are done.
Limit School Supplies
Do you have a curriculum that has a lot of components? Store what you aren’t using now in a place where it will be out of the way until you need it. You may have to have it but it doesn’t need to be stored in the main area where everyone is working. Take out what you need and store the rest for later.
Is there a learning tool or item you use less frequently? The tops of bookshelves and cabinets can be a great place to store these items until you need them. Just make sure you don’t make them too heavy because you will have to pull them down at some point.
Use your Walls
Are there things you can put up on the walls? We made our own dry erase board and have it in the kitchen on the wall. It’s a great way to share our schedule, work through lessons, or write notes to each other. If you are looking at a homeschool space and can’t figure out how to fit more, look at your walls. Maybe you can put some of the stuff on the wall.
I’m a huge fan of baskets and containers for work-boxes. The kids can pull out their basket and work on what they need to for the day. This is also a great way to store curriculum by subject in a cabinet or separate out work for each child.
Many things work for more than one thing
My dining room table is also the school table, sewing table, craft table, and pretty much anything else we decide it should be on a given week. Don’t be afraid to skip things like desks and use surfaces you already have.
Repurpose Old Containers
I like to use old strawberry containers for smaller items like buttons, crafting supplies, pencils, and anything else I can think of. It’s a great way store things in less space and still keep things on hand that you will want for schooling.
Take School Outside
Our house is smaller but our backyard is pretty big. When we are feeling cramped we will take school work to the back yard to give us more space to work on something. I love the fresh air and enjoy the freedom to get messy with a project without worrying about messing up my house.
A Few Suggestions from other Homeschool Moms
I have a great Facebook group where I visit with and get to know the moms that follow the blog. Sometimes when working on a post I will ask for their input. Make sure to join the group because we have some laughs together for sure.
Kelsie said that their family uses binders.
“I use hanging file folders. I color coordinate by subject. I also use plastic bookshelves, and caddies from the dollar store. Each caddy has a pencil, math manipulatives, erasers, etc. I also have one that’s teacher only. I keep stickers, pens, binder clips, etc. that way I pull it out they know it’s time for school. It’s easier for me to keep stock of what we need based on the caddies.”
We’ve recently moved in with a family member and need to make sure we’re being respectful with common-spaces (ie: homeschooling stuff needs to be contained). We have a hutch that we were using for our glass dishes and we’ve converted it into our homeschooling area (along with our Command Center whiteboard and several bookshelves throughout the house). It’s working well so far- I love using the drawers and the solid doors to tuck away our hot mess!
What do you do to organize homeschool in a small space? Leave a comment. I would love to see how you make it work.
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