We have been homeschooling for seven years now. It’s crazy to think that it has been that long. Over the years I have been a stay at home mom, worked outside of the home, and worked from home. My husband recently changed jobs and our whole schedule shifted. I still work from home and now he works erratic shifts based on what is needed. Sometimes that can be stressful but we are settling into a new routine. I want to share some tips for making homeschool work with your work schedule. It is completely possible to homeschool and work.
When you homeschool you are front row for many amazing projects, assignments, and crafts. It can easy to become a hoarder if you aren’t careful. Between record keeping and memories the different items can quickly take over your home. Instead of letting it stress you, try some clever ways to keep or get rid of items. I want to share some tips for choosing what you keep and figuring out how best to save it. I might also have some tips for getting rid of stuff. Just don’t tell your inner hoarder.
Choosing What You Keep
Homeschooling in a small home can be very frustrating. You look at all of the amazing Pinterest posts filled with incredible homeschool rooms and then you look at your house and know that is not possible. Instead of getting defeated, I want to share 10 space saving Homeschool room options to help you keep your homeschool organized.
8 Space Saving Homeschool Room Options
Cabinets – When I decided to homeschool I picked up a cabinet like the one above. It is so helpful to be able to put things away when we are done with school work for the day. They also blend in well with your living room or kitchen if you need to keep them there.
Rolling Cart Organizers – These can be a life saver. These carts are great for putting assignments in before or after completing them. I love that they are on wheels because I can move it to the area I need it and stow it away when we are done. They have larger ones if you need them.
Recycle old Items – I LOVE old strawberry containers for holding crayons, pencils, buttons, or crafting supplies. It doesn’t take a lot to store some of your items without a mess.
Filing Cabinets or Filing Boxes – As a homeschooler you will have to keep up with a lot of paperwork. A filing cabinet or simple filing box can be the perfect way to keep things organized without taking up too much space. If you are willing to pay a bit more you can even make your filing cabinet look like an end table.
Craft Storage Box – If you end up with a child who loves to craft as much as mine does, you will probably need a place to put it all. Boxes like this storage box are a great option to consider. They are also great because they can go in a cabinet or slide under a bed.
Over the Door Organizers – These little beauties are the perfect way to put away lots of little items. These are great for things like manipulatives, art supplies, pencils, and any other small thing you would need available but out of the way.
Portable rolling Cart – I know I mentioned carts above but these are different. These would be ideal for people who do a lot of schooling on the road. These are also fabulous for co-ops and library books. If you are prone to losing library books, pick up one of these. Library books are checked out of the box and return to it when reading is done. Then you can load the whole box up and head back to the library for more.
How do you homeschool in a small space?