Homeschool Organization for Small Spaces doesn't have to be a challenge when you are selective about the products you use and don't go overboard with things you don't need! We homeschool at our kitchen table and use just two rolling carts to hold our homeschool supplies.
When we decided to homeschool earlier this year, I knew one of the first hurdles we would need to overcome was how to homeschool in a small space. We don't have any extra rooms to dedicate to a homeschool classroom right now, so most of our time is spent gathered around the kitchen table.
Homeschool Organization for Small Spaces
I especially needed a way to store our homeschool supplies for easy access AND easy clean-up. I definitely didn't want to have school all sprawled out on the table with nowhere to put it when it was time for dinner. We like to do the bulk of our homeschool right after breakfast and, so far, being at the table has been really convenient and enjoyable for us.
I purchased these two black rolling carts and they have worked out perfectly for us!
The three tier cart holds the bulk of our homeschool supplies for both me and the kids. This cart is tucked against the wall beside our buffet; I can reach it from my chair or easily scoot it over to me. I love that it doesn't take up too much space and blends in with our farmhouse decor.
The top tier contains:
- file holder for important documents (state regulations, receipts, etc)
- sharpened pencils
- label maker (a must!)
- small box with math manipulatives
The middle tier contains:
- Our homeschool supply caddy (more about this below)
- bluetooth speaker
- misc. small books and note cards
The bottom tier contains:
- Isabella's America's Test Kitchen subscription box of the month
- Sophia's Bitsbox subscription box of the month
- Sophia's math activity box
- History game
- Kitchen timers (I use these for self reading time, guitar practice, etc)
By far one of my favorite purchases was this clear acrylic caddy that we use for our miscellaneous homeschool supplies. I wanted something that I could set down in the middle of the table that everyone could grab from and then easily put away. It corrals all of our crayons, colored pencils, scissors, erasers, glue sticks, and dry erase markers.
The taller cart with white bins holds all of our homeschool curriculum. We use The Good and The Beautiful for everything except Isabella's Algebra (we use Mr. D's Math for that). Each kid has their own bin that holds their math and language art books. Eli's bin holds coloring books and Ian's has pre-school worksheets. I have my own bin that holds my planner and fancy felt tip pens that I don't want to share (ha).
History, science, and art have their own bins as well. Extra curriculum, like our next science unit, is in the remaining bins. The girls keep their composition books on top of this cart, along with our current read aloud book. They keep their personal readers in their rooms.
We do have an "overflow" cabinet that holds extra supplies, puzzles, playdoh, and books. Not shown/ stored in a closet: our dry erase board (also on wheels!) and anything else that I use to keep the boys busy (legos, sensory bins, cars, etc).
When you start to consider homeschool organization for small spaces, I suggest gathering all of your supplies and put them in piles on your kitchen table (or in the space you will be working with). Group like items together and think about storage solutions from there.
Don't go buy a bunch of bins and cute desktop storage options before you have a good grasp of what items (sizes, amount, etc) you actually have. This has saved me from overbuying and disappointment!
Things to Consider Space for:
- Important documents (state regulations, receipts, etc)
- Curriculum (books, spirals, papers)
- Books (personal readers, supplemental books, library books)
- Spiral notebooks / composition books
- Sharpened pencils / pencil sharpener
- General supplies (crayons, markers, scissors)
- Label maker (a must!)
- Small box with math manipulatives
- Bluetooth speaker
- Misc. small books and note cards