Here are the best tips on homeschool organization without a homeschool room. Learning at home can take a lot of stuff and depending on the curriculum you use, the amount of space you need can vary. The good news is that you are working with your own home and you can make these homeschool organization tips work for whatever family need is.
So, whether you are reading this at the beginning of a new school year or if you are struggling to get your house organized and you constantly have books, art supplies, and papers scattered across your home, then read on.
Having a homeschool room sounds amazing. We used to have one and honestly, we didn’t even use it! So, that room got turned into my bedroom.
Here’s a little truth bomb: Learning can happen anywhere so a dedicated homeschool room is just not necessary. Charlotte Mason phrased is best when she said “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.”
Don’t let those perfect homeschool rooms on social media trick you. I don’t think that most homeschool families have those.
And even if they do, it’s okay if you don’t.
Benefits of Not Having a Homeschool Classroom
- Even if you have a tiny house without a lot of room, you can still homeschool.
There is no reason to go and buy a new house just because you need a dedicated learning space. Homeschool organization without a homeschool room is totally do-able.
- You can take a minimalist approach
Homeschool supplies can take over your home real fast if you have the extra room. This is a great way to declutter and sell your unused curriculum on facebook marketplace.
- Having a dedicated space makes homeschooling feel public school-y.
While I’m not against public school, I don’t want that feeling in my homeschool. I don’t want a specific place to be the spot that we learn at. Learning happens in the real world, not in a desk.
Homeschooling Organization Without A Homeschool Room
There is something to go over before actually organizing your homeschool supplies.
Where do you do most of your homeschooling at?
Ask yourself this question before going out and buying all the pretty containers to store things in. (Which I am not telling you to do, actually I think I only have two pretty containers in my house.)
Do you do most of your homeschooling on the couch? At the dining room table? Outside? Maybe you mix it up throughout the day in different rooms of the house.
Once you figure out where you are homeschooling, you can figure out what you need in that area. Make a list of what homeschool supplies you need for that specific area.
In our home, 90% of our “homeschooling” gets done on the couch in the living room. I say that lightly because we don’t actually spend a terrible amount of time doing traditional curriculum work. It’s about an hour a day. The rest of our learning happens while doing life.
My desire is for my entire house to be a learning space and learning to be just naturally weaved into our family life.
You want to keep what you need where you will need it. For example, I have a bookshelf next to the couch with common books. I have a hutch that we call the “homeschool hub” next to the other couch.
If I was homeschooling at the kitchen table, I would empty out one of my cupboards and store daily supplies there.
For outside learning and nature study, we have a tote that has nature journals, magnifying glasses, and other nature supplies in our mudroom for easy grabbing.
Do you see what I’m doing here? For easy access, figure out storage systems that work for that area. In a small house, it might be hard to find the right place. However, take a closer look. You can probably find the perfect place for what you need. Check in a corner of a room, is there a spot to put a rolling cart? You could place your craft supplies or morning time stuff in that.
Maybe you have a small room with some couches and a coffee table. Place a basket on the coffee table and put homeschool materials in that.
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What do you do with the homeschool stuff you are done with for now, but will use in the future? Think about any extra space you have in your home. Can you store things under your bed? Do you have extra space in your laundry room?
I like to buy these boxes for each age range and I keep them in a closet until the next child will need that stuff.
In our home, we keep games and extra art supplies in our bedroom closet. Remember, things can be used as a multi-purpose space. When Pinterest says bedroom closets should be used only for clothes, it is okay to go against the pretty pictures. I like doing this because I can shut the door and it cuts down on the visual clutter. If I didn’t do this, we would probably have all those games on some book shelves in our family room.
Use Your Home Decor For Homeschool
Someday, there will be a huge glorious looking world map on my wall. For now, it’s literally a laminated foldable map from Sonlight curriculum. Pretty maps are stupid expensive and I am not willing to spend money on one that I know my toddlers will write on. But, you get the idea. If pretty looking home decor is a big deal to you, then buy educational items that double as home decor.
When You Are Done With Something, Put It Away.
This one takes some training. However, it is important. You have to clean up as you go. When you finish an activity, put it where it belongs before moving to the next activity. Otherwise, by lunchtime, you will have art supplies, papers, books, and toys all over the entire house. It truly is a lot easier to just clean as you go.
If you have babies and toddlers, this is more difficult. For our family, any mess that the youngest kids make just gets left out. Then before meals, everyone helps clean up the messes they make. That’s the time we use to train the toddlers to clean.
You will also want to think about supplies that you don’t want the toddlers reaching. Make sure you place them high when deciding where to keep things. For example, I only keep one glue stick available for the toddlers at a time, otherwise there will be colored pencils smashed into all of the glue sticks. We also have to keep our math-u-see math manipulatives up high on a top shelf so the youngest doesn’t eat the unit blocks.