We’re a family of six. We live in a 1600-square foot house (and that’s including the garage).
One of the major issues that homeschooling families face is finding the space to store their school supplies and we’re no strangers to that problem. As much as I would like to have a dedicated school room, we just don’t have the space or the money to have one. So, like many of you, we just have to make do with what we have.
If you’re strapped for storage room, take a look at how we practice homeschooling in a small space!
Homeschooling In a Small Space
Since our home is packed to capacity (two of us to each bedroom), we don’t have a spare room that we can convert into a “homeschool room”. I’d love to have one, but it’s probably not in the cards any time soon. So, we tend to keep our homeschooling supplies in a few strategic places around the home.
But – a note of caution: It’s really easy to just stash homeschool stuff all over the place. Seeing all that clutter around makes it hard for me to concentrate, though, so I tend to just avoid using the materials at all.
And that’s how I ended up with homeschool “storage zones”.
Our dining room does double duty and serves as our school room most of the time. We have a bookcase on one short wall where we keep the items we use the most. Our anchor charts and educational posters get stored behind the bookcase.
At the top, I keep our school printer, the kids’ microscope, a pencil sharpener, and a three-hole punch. Anything more and it turns into a drop zone for everything we have.
On the shelves below, we keep our homeschool materials according to grade level. Our two oldest children are using K12 this year, so we keep their computers and science supplies on the top shelf.
My two youngest children are still being taught exclusively by Mom, so their books and materials are on the shelves below. My third/fourth-grader’s books are on the left and the basket on the right holds the workbooks and printables for my kindergartner.
The bottom shelf is used for the textbooks that were sent to us for use with our K12 students. As you can see, they sent us quite a bit. I try to keep it separated by grade level, but it’s a constant work in progress.
On the full wall of our dining room, we keep a small chalkboard and a space for our educational charts and posters. I rotate that out, depending on what we’re studying at the moment. Right now, my youngest son is working on identifying the states, so that’s the chart we’re displaying.
This is our curriculum closet, which originally served as our hall closet. It already had shelving, thankfully, so it was a perfect place to put many of our materials.
As you can see, this space has to serve as a hall closet AND a homeschool storage space. I corral the household things in baskets and the homeschool things in separate stacks. The row at the top is textbooks for upper elementary grades. The lower shelves hold blank notebooks, lapbooks we intend to reuse, and storybooks we’ll be discussing with the kids this year.
I go through our books and materials every year and declutter the resources we won’t be using anymore. That keeps me from overfilling the closet. (Which is so very easy to do.)
And finally, I use a clear hanging shoe holder on the backside of the closet door to hold writing instruments, flash cards, and small office supplies. As you can see, I have a tiny overbuying problem when it comes to markers.
I will not buy any more markers. I will not buy any more markers. I will not buy any more markers.
I should probably make myself write that 100 times today.
How do you keep your homeschooling supplies from overtaking your home? Do you have any tips for schooling in a small space?
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Erika ~ Prey Species @ www.preyspecies.com says
Wow – I think I need a curriculum closet 🙂
My husband loves the Winne the Pooh theme for the kids nicknames by the way – he wishes we had thought of it 😉
Selena Robinson says
You know what? It was pure chance that we ended up with a closet for our stuff. It just kind of ended up there at first because we had nowhere else to put it. Then, a few months ago, I finally gave up and just ceded that entire space to homeschool stuff. It’ll end up all over the house otherwise…lol.
Proverbial Homemaker says
We live in a small home – there are some great ideas I can glean from this. Thanks so much!
Selena Robinson says
Aw, I’m glad it was helpful to you! Thanks for the kind words!
I have to admit my stuff is randomly all over the house. It’s mostly organized, but it’s all over.
That was us too! I’m not the most organized person in the world, by far. But when I ended up buying two of the same thing because I didn’t know we already had it, I realized it was time to put everything in one place…lol.
Naptime Seamstress says
I like the idea of the over-the-door storage for markers and things…..has me plotting to get one for us! 🙂 And you’re not alone in your over-buying of markers….I am addicted to pencils, pens, all things writing!
Deb V. says
Love your site! Thanks for all the tips. We have a small home too and these will come in handy! 🙂
P.S. If you’re going to write “I will not buy any more markers” 100 times, do it in marker! That’ll use up that stash in no time!
Selena Robinson says
LOL!!! That’s a great idea!!!
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