Homeschool storage issues can be difficult to work around. The number of books that we use are astronomical and growing by the day. Then, of course, there’s the math and grammar textbooks for each of the different grade levels.
What is the option when you don’t have a dedicated homeschool space?
Store supplies near where they are to be used
Obviously supplies should be stored near where they are going to be used. So during the summer I deep clean and reorganize the house. Part of the reorganization includes deciding where different activities will happen.
This year I decided to dedicate the kitchen to science experiments and art projects. Part of deep cleaning the kitchen included finding a spot to store our science supplies. It’s a bit more difficult that it seems at first glance because my oldest is doing chemistry and the chemistry set is all glass.
We also have 2 inquisitive preschoolers running around the house. The science supplies needed to be somewhere safe from little fingers.
Art supplies also need to be in the kitchen. The younger children need access to paper, construction paper, and crayons. I prefer to keep the paints, scissors, and glue out of reach, as my 4 year old recently decided she needed a new hairstyle.
Amazingly enough, it looks rather cute. I’m still keeping the scissors out of reach for the next year or two though.
Next I determined we needed a spot to complete desk work. If the kitchen was out, that meant the dining room table. So what did they need in the dining room to complete desk work? Obvious their books, pencils, paper, a dictionary, etc.
I divide the homeschool books into 2 categories: communal books and individual books. All communal books went onto the buffet in the dining room and there’s a spot to pile the many library books we check out.
For individual items such as pencils, papers, notebooks, textbooks, etc., each child has their own homeschool storage crates. We picked up crates in various styles and colors so they’re easy to tell apart. The crates fit under the coffee table or various chairs to be out of the way.
I bought zippered pencil pouches in various colors for the children to store pencils and pens. In the morning, when the school day begins, the children grab their crates and sit down at the table. Since all their personal supplies are in their crate and the communal books next to the table, the children are ready to work.
As far as sitting down to read their various books, I ensured there were cozy spots in the living room with good lighting. The kids can grab a cup of tea or water, curl up in a chair or on the sofa, and enjoy their book.
Sometimes I’ll find they wandered into their bedroom to read. As long as they have good lighting and a comfortable sitting area, I’m happy.
The point of homeschool storage solutions is to look at your house, decide what types of activities need to take place and where, then ensure that the appropriate supplies are in place.
Where do you store homeschool supplies?