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Homeschooling seems to come with a lot of stuff. Workbooks, teacher manuals, paper, art supplies, books, and games are in almost every homeschool house. How do you store it all so you can find things when you need them? Organizing homeschool supplies doesn’t have to be a challenge!
Organizing Homeschool Supplies
My go-to organizational tool is a basket. Baskets are great for organizing homeschool supplies! They come in a huge variety of sizes, materials, and colors so you can find something that fits your needs and decor. My favorite place to buy baskets is the thrift store! Most of the baskets are well made and only $1.
Dollar stores are my second favorite place to buy baskets. The baskets are cheaply made and plastic, but they are an inexpensive way to acquire matching storage.
Another great type of ‘basket’ organizational item is a large flat under the bed bin. I use two ‘under the bed’ bins to store manipulatives and Legos under our couch. The manipulatives are close to our school table so they are quick to grab.
This is an easy way to store Legos! Kids can see all of the Legos without needing to dump the bin. In years past, we tried just about every Lego organization system we could find. Nothing kept the Legos off the floor while allowing the kids to build, until we put everything in a large under the bed storage bin.
I think a common trait among homeschoolers is that we just can’t have enough book shelves. We love books and read every day. Just about every room of my house has at least one book shelf.
Designating specific book shelves for certain materials makes it easier to find exactly what you are looking for when you need it. I keep all of our board games on one shelving unit and school books on another.
I try to organize materials within each bookshelf too. My living room bookshelf holds teacher manuals on the top shelf. All of my books for each subject are grouped together so I know exactly where to find a Life of Fred book or a Story of the World Activity Guide.
Chapter books are on their own shelf. This shelf contains only the chapter books we are reading for school. Favorite books are kept on bedroom bookshelves for quick bedtime access.
Our picture book collection spans two shelves. One shelf contains magazine file organizers that are labeled with different subjects – fine arts, language arts, science, math, and history. When I buy a book that fits into a specific category I put it into the correct organizer. This little trick saves me time when I am preparing for lessons.
Our last few houses have had cabinets in the laundry room. This is a fantastic spot to hold school supplies that you don’t want your kids to have unlimited access to. I keep paint supplies, play dough, glitter, and science kits here.
I like to buy a bunch of school supplies during back to school sales and these cabinets provide a spot to stash all of the crayon boxes and extra glue sticks.
Organizing homeschool supplies inside of the cabinets is easy with the use of baskets. This is especially handy for containing the little things like sequins, googly eyes, and pom poms.
How do you organize your homeschool supplies?
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