Our Not-So-Organized Homeschool Room

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Since beginning our homeschool journey 4 years ago, we have never had a designated school room. Our previous house was just too cramped with 6 people living in 1600 square feet. So we made do with a couple of cabinets one of which doubled as extra pantry space. The two shorter ones were shoved into the side/corner of our dining room. It was not the most asthetically pleasing sight…that’s for sure. It was awkward when we had guests over for dinner and it made for some very tight quarters. Organization was at a minimum that’s for sure!!

Now that we moved across the country, and found ourselves looking for a new home – one of the things I specifically requested was an extra space/room for a playroom/school room area. And we were so blessed to find a home with just what we needed and within our budget!!! So I finally have some organization to our schooling area!!! Technically it’s the Master Bedroom, but it’s downstairs off the kitchen, so it’s perfect for a play/school/guest room combo. YAY!!!! Okay…organized is a rather loose term. I’m still working on things and getting them just where I want them, but for now it’s all put away, out of reach from the Littles who constantly drag things out and stays semi-organized. Stay tuned as I work through getting it more organized and try new ideas. I will be sharing them here!!

So, let me show you around our not-so-organized homeschool room. So long as you look past the mess of us actually living here too!

cabinets

  1. This is the main cabinet I use to hold our current homeschool supplies.
  2. Yes, I do have things stacked. I have a couple of long totes with lids that hold previous years curriculum by grade/age so I can find it easier as my Littles move up.
  3. This tall cabinet holds a lot of our books. Most of the hardbacks are toward the top so little hands cannot tear into them. The bottom shelves are filled with paperback books the Littles are allowed to look at, but mostly they are ones we read aloud. As you can see, we need a little organization help in this area.
  4. More stacking. These are things I haven’t yet found a home for or things I’m still debating on using or things that just didn’t fit into the cabinets.
  5. This top cabinet is where I keep odds and ends, including our math manipulatives and some videos we’re not using at this time.
  6. This bottom cabinet is my Arts & Crafts area. Now that I finally have it organized, I hope to add more of this into our homeschooling. I’m not very crafty and I don’t do “messy” well, so it’s a real stretch for me. But, my kids love it and I’m determined to make it work!!

Now…for a closer look inside these cabinets.

school cabinets

Numbers 1-8 are in the large white cabinet (#1 above), #9 is inside the small, top white cabinet (#5) above and #10 is inside the larger, bottom white cabinet (#6) above.

  1. This shelf holds all the current curriculum – student books, workbooks, videos, etc. This allows me to only look in one area for our current year. So far this works, but I’m sure as I get more into the schooling age, this will change.
  2. This shelf holds current materials that we might use in addition to our core curriculum. It also holds the kids boxes (full of crayons, pencils, erasers, etc.), marker boxes, Mister Bull’s clipboard that he likes to use for doing his schoolwork and a few other odds and ends.
  3. This is our overflowing puzzle shelf. All puzzles go in this area. That way I know where they are at all times. I’m thinking of trying this puzzle organization idea out for our puzzles. It will take up less space and they will all stack nicely on each other.
  4. This holds larger items we use in our homeschooling. That big blue bag is a fun game called Bucket Blast that can be used for so many things! Colors, counting, math, FUN!!! I also have our broken globe 🙁 and several larger Science and History books there.
  5. This section holds totes of subjects with extra books, experiments – just different materials that we don’t use on a regular basis, but I wanted organized together.
  6. More puzzles – larger floor puzzles are kept here. Plus coloring books and other books we might use throughout the year.
  7. This shelf holds some of our preschool activities. It mainly consists of COLORS and SHAPES. All things related to colors and shapes are on this shelf.
  8. This shelf holds the rest of our preschool activities. It mainly consists of ABC activities and the Bible book we are reading through with the Littles. All things ABC goes here – puzzles, flash cards, books, videos, crafts. If it’s related to ABCs…it’s here!!
  9. This is the little cabinet (#5) that sits on top of the other white cabinet above. As I mentioned, it holds a little bit of everything. I keep our math manipulatives in here as well as small miscellaneous flash cards, my laminator and on the bottom shelf are the Brainy Baby videos we are not using at this time.
  10. This cabinet holds all our Arts & Crafts supplies as well as some notebooks from our previous years. And no…the side labels are not correct! We recycle around here and those just haven’t gotten a facelift!! LOL

closet & toys

As you go around the room, you will see my $5 garage-sale cabinet (left) that holds all the large toy totes. At the end of the day, we put all the toys away in their designated totes and stack them on this shelf. It is so nice to have the room picked up, clean and ready for the new day!!! As you can see, some of them are being played with at the moment.

Continue around the room and you’ll see the closet. This is where I store all of our games – board games, learning games, toddler games, dice games, card games – you name it…it’s in there! I also have a few large totes in the floor that have oversized toys. They stack neatly there in the floor of the closet and close behind closed doors!!! Although I don’t have a lock on the doors, they seem to stay out it when the doors are closed. Not that I mind them playing games, but the Littles typically grab any…and every…game in reach and dump them out. Then it’s a marathon of 52-card pick-up times 10!!! lol

more books short shelf

Continuing around the room, wedged in between the game closet and the Master bath (which is also handy to have in a playroom), you will see yet another bookcase full of books. I took this picture on purpose. This is typically what our book shelf looks like. At any given time throughout the day the kids are pulling books off the shelf and bringing them to me to read. Then they get thrown down in a random, chaotic mess. The problem is there is no rhyme or reason to them. In the very near future though…all of our homeschool books are going to go through a reorganization boot camp!!! Last week I saw this post on organizing your homeschool library and absolutely fell in LOVE!!! It will take some work, yes…but the benefit of my Littles being able to sort books by the color tabs will be wonderful!!! She also shares her labels with you as a {FREE} Printable!!!! Check it out!

playroom

This is what else happens in our play/school room. Their current favorite toys are the Little People. I think we have almost a village!! They set them up around the room like a town. We have a race track, corner store, princess castle & carriage (because every town needs one of those), construction site, several farm items, firehouse & trucks, airplane and much, MUCH more!!! It seriously keeps them occupied for hours!! They have conversations and play make-believe, which is so fun for me to sit and listen to all they say and do.

Now, one other area I’d like to show you is the top drawer of my filing cabinet. It’s not in the school room, but it is an essential part of my homeschooling area. In the front section of this drawer is where I keep my Teacher’s Manuals and weekly papers/copies, etc. Directly behind that I have a file labeled “Papers to Grade” where Mister Bull puts his daily folders after he’s completed his work. (NOTE: We do not have to submit grades in our state. However, Mister Bull likes to know how he did and I like to see how he’s improved. So we do keep grades.) Behind the grading folder are 10 files labeled 1-10. These are where I keep our weekly assignments and daily folders. I try to have papers copied and sorted several weeks out so that it’s not a weekly task for me. Just get it all done and file them away. Then I have more time to prepare for other lessons and the week’s activities for Science experiments, etc.file drawer

So that’s our Not-So-Organized Homeschool Room. It’s a work in progress. But so far I’m loving all the space and how far we’ve come!!!

Want more organization ideas? Follow my Homeschool_Organization Pinterest board where I pin more ideas all the time!! Have an organization post? Feel free to share it in the comments below!! We can all use a bit of inspiration when it comes to organization!!! (Hey…that rhymed! lol)

Blessings,

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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