Are you organizing? Both July and late December seem to be THE organizational times for us. Both being before back-to-school times. I recently had a question from my friend Pamela on our IKEA for homeschool organization. And I asked if I could share her question here since it was about time for an organizational update.
Q: I’ve been looking at your Hodgepodge homeschool room tour. We are about to redo our homeschool room with some help from IKEA. We are trying to decide about adjustable shelves vs. non adjustable cubes. Also thinking about baskets vs. drawers and the option of some cabinets. So much to think about.
What are you favorite, most useful things you have done and are there some things you did that just don’t really work like you thought they would? We do very little work in the school room, but it is still where we keep everything. It has gotten out of hand lately and I need some better storage solutions.
Hodgepodge Homeschool Room in action!
A: We honestly use everything. But remember that we did this homeschool makeover in stages. The school room, the family room and even children’s bedrooms.
Like you, we were hoping to get control of things that were out of hand. So, in the homeschool room, we took a look at the existing bookshelves my brother built. (They are wonderful! If you are local and need some bookshelves or other home improvement type work, let me know). We used those bookshelves as the bones. And we added baskets.
- The IKEA baskets really help with all the visual clutter of supplies for five children. Yet I can look down inside the baskets and get what I need. There are key, ‘go to’ baskets I use a bunch and others I should go through and get rid of stuff!
- On another IKEA trip we got the 2×2 Expedits for the family room end tables and the baskets for journals and devotionals. We use the IKEA Expedits in the family room a bunch. On either end of the couch.
- Yet another IKEA trip we added a 4×2 Expedit bookcase closest to the kitchen table. That is where we keep science books and a basket for the stack of subjects we do after lunch – so that stack doesn’t sit in a chair at the table and take up valuable seating.
- We also use the chalkboards mentioned in our IKEA and Chalkboard Homeschool room for reminders, meal plans, etc.
So… To sum it all up, maybe think about what bothers you the most and tackle that. That’s the approach we made. Just the stacks and stuff. There were so many stacks of papers and books and notebooks and folders. Now each child has his or her own basket plus there are baskets for specific purposes. One for printer paper and construction paper. Several to house binders…
Hodgepodgedad sprucing up the homeschool room in January. We are always working on it!
We use our school room for the little ones and for Teaching Textbooks math and for storage. Like you, we don’t use our homeschool room all the time. Learning happens all over the house!
Homeschool Room Organization
- Our IKEA and Chalkboard Homeschool room – tour our school room – with the stages of all those changes
- Chalkboard Desk – handy for math problems and toy cars (and close by organization for kinesthetic learner)
- Maps as Window Treatments – Geography within Sight
- 10 Homeschool Learning Centers at Hodgepodge – Creating learning centers is a bit of a passion for me. It’s an ongoing room by room makeover to meet the needs of our homeschool, our children.
- All the stages of the Homeschool Makeover series.
I share all this so you might take one thing for inspiration. One rearrangement that might work. Just remember that all of this was done over several years, the frugal way!