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Did anyone set a New Year’s resolution to finally organize your homeschool? Do you ever have to postpone a lesson because you can’t find the supplies? I can help! These are my favorite homeschool organizational tools. I use these items in my own home to keep my homeschool supplies organized.
Having an organized homeschool area makes teaching easier. There is more time for fun awesome lessons when you have the proper tools and everything you need is in its place. Don’t waste time searching for teaching supplies.
Favorite Homeschool Organizational Tools
At home . . .
These supplies will help you organize your homeschool supplies at home.
Functional furniture goes a long way towards having an organized space. Bookshelves give you a central location to store all of your school books and teachers manuals. You can also group smaller items like math manipulatives, pencil boxes, or science experiment supplies in bins and store the bins on the bookshelf. I have three book shelves in my homeschool office and three more in my supply closet!
Baskets are a great homeschool organizational tool because they come in a variety of sizes to match different needs. I use baskets to corral seasonally themed books, worksheets, and boredom busting supplies. Thrift stores are dollar stores are my favorite places to buy baskets because they are so inexpensive.
I think this caddy is technically intended to house picnicware, but I use it to hold school supplies. There are divided spots that I use to hold glue sticks, scissors, and markers. I break up the larger area with mason jars. Pencils go in one jar, pens in another jar, and a box of crayons in the last spot. There is even room to house rulers and a calculator.
Magazine boxes are perfect for organizing similar books and file folder games. I have a magazine box for poetry, one for history, another for science, and one more for math books. This saves time because it keeps my books organized by topic. I can even just bring the entire magazine box over to the table.
File folders are a super simple homeschool organizational tool. They are an inexpensive way to organize papers and homeschool legal documents and records. You can even add a few library pockets and organize flash cards, like I did with our sight words. I bought a huge box of file folders on Amazon a while ago so I can grab one whenever I need.
Those file folders need a specific home or they will just add to the clutter. File folder boxes let you store the folders in one location. I put a file folder box in a little corner of my kitchen and it holds graded school work as well as household bills and records.
Now that we are preparing for high school level classes, I am planning to purchase another file folder box. I will put a file for each subject and keep work samples, syllabuses, tests, etc. This will help me keep everything needed for transcripts in one easy to find spot.
I am the queen of binders. My husband likes to tell the story about how I had a wedding planning binder the day after we got engaged. Of course, we had talked about marriage many times, so the proposal wasn’t exactly a surprise. I have just always liked having all of my plans in one spot.
A refrigerator calendar is an incredibly important tool for organizing the supply that is shortest in supply – time. It helps keep us on time for appointments and co-op classes. A quick glance lets me know if we are available for a field trip or play date. My entire family sees this calendar many times every day, so we are all on the same page. I have a somewhat unusual technique for managing my calendar – you can read more about it here.
A pocket fridge magnet lets me keep up with multiple papers at once. The top pocket houses our weekly meal plan. Everyone can see what’s for dinner by looking in this standard spot. The bottom two pockets change depending on our families needs. Sometimes they hold chore schedules, co-op information, sports schedules, or travel itineraries.
A white board isn’t just handy for teaching lessons. I also use it to write my kids assignments each day. They can keep track of how much work they have left. This helps us all organize our time. A magnetic white board is a bonus because you can easily attach papers.
On the go . . .
These homeschool organizational tools will keep you organized when you are away from home.
I carry this 8-pocket bag everwhere we go. The pockets hold everything – snacks, pencil cases, tissues, bottles of water, and so much more. The open interior space holds my laptop, binders, and any lesson plan books. It is useful for field trips too because it has room for souvenirs, maps, and even clipboards.
I have used this bag almost daily for 3 years and it still looks brand new.
A pencil case full of pencils, pens, crayons, scissors, and glue sticks is mandatory if you will be doing schoolwork away from home. We are always ready for lessons whether we are at the library or co-op classes.
What are your favorite homeschool organizational tools? Share them in the comments!
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