Small Space Homeschooling Organization

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Frugal Small House Homeschooling

Like I shared with you last year, we don’t have a homeschool room. I’ll be honest. There are times when I wish we did, simply for organization purposes. We’ve grown since last year and our stuff is now even more spread out than it was before. We have stuff in the boys’ room & closet, 2 other closets, and our bedroom. It would be nice to have a central location for all of the homeschooling stuff.

Our schooling, however, would still take place a little bit of everywhere because that’s how we like it :)

I shared before about how we make our schooling work with no homeschooling room, here is a bit more on our small space organization, and our schooling spaces.

Homeschool Organization

So, first of all, the stuff that is spread out all over the house. I showed some of this last year, but we’ve expanded significantly since then.

1. 2 Bookshelves in our bedroom.

Homeschool Organization

The smaller bookshelf is full of children’s books. They are organized by theme/category because that’s what’s easiest for me when finding books to coordinate with our lessons.  Here is a picture so you can kind of see. I used items I had on hand. I cut up pieces of cardstock into just over 3.” I left the 12″ length so that they would come out past the books and to the end of the shelf. I then used really inexpensive labels like these to label the categories. Some of my categories include: Animals (educational); Animals (fun); Nature & Seasons; Winter/Christmas; Fall/Thanksgiving; Cultural; Self & Community; Body & Senses; Berenstein Bears; Chapter Books; Phonics Readers & Alphabet Books; Colors/Numbers; Opposites/Words; Early Readers; For Fun. These are the categories that work for us right now.

Homeschool Organization Books

The taller bookshelf includes teaching resources, workbooks, curriculum items, etc. The top 2 shelves have “mommy” books–writing related books, review books, books I’d like to read for personal growth, etc. There are a few other types of books, but most of our adult books are housed in 2 other tall black bookshelves in the living room–both of which are overflowing. I’m a bit of a book hoarder.

There are a few other things like manipulatives, art supplies, etc. on the bottom shelf, but most of those are elsewhere. There are also some things on a shelf in our closet that I forgot to take a photo of.

PS–these book cases came from Wal-Mart and were very inexpensive. We just bought the 5-shelf one and it was something like $27.88. Very affordable.

2. Plastic Shelving in a Closet

Homeschool Organization

We have a small closet across the hallway from our bedroom (I’m literally standing in my bedroom to take this picture!). There are bins of out-of-season clothing waiting to be pulled out stuck behind that plastic shelving unit. It will be inconvenient to get to them, but it’ll only be 1-2 times a year, so not that big of a deal.

{Please excuse the mess! I didn’t tidy up before snapping the photo here}

This plastic shelving unit is similar to this one, and holds things like activity bags (busy bags), flash cards, art supplies, manipulatives, a few puzzles, etc. These are all organized using plastic bins

3. The Boys’ Bedroom

I didn’t get a photo of this, but the boys have a bookshelf in their room that is full of children’s books as well. Also, they have 2 shelves in their closet that hold most of the games, puzzles, etc.

4. The Hallway/Closet

Small Space Homeschooling

We have posters hanging on the hallway wall and on the inside of a hallway closet door. The inside of the closet door also includes our morning board activities and everything else that goes along with that.  We also keep an old radio/cd player in here for our school music.

So, this is where the stuff is kept and how it is organized. As far as where the actual learning takes place, that’s a different story!  I’m going to get into that more in depth in a later post.

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