Have you ever felt like moving because your house doesn't fit your homeschooling needs? I have been there, even in a larger home, I struggled to make our house fit our homeschool needs. Over the years, I found ways that really helped to make it flow for our homeschool, regardless of the size of our home and how many people lived there. Often times, I just needed some inspiration that came from getting frustrated and then getting creative with the resources that we had available to us.
5 Ways to Make Your House Fit Your Homeschool Needs
Finding a Place for Your Curriculum
Over our 15 years of homeschooling, the place we stored our curriculum has changed based on our family size, our house size and our individual needs. Each way that we used worked really for us in the time that we used them. When they stopped being effect, we would find a new place or system that seemed to meet our needs.
Here are the ways that worked for us over the years:
- One shelf on the book shelf – In the early days, I just keep our books on one shelf of the book shelf and I was the only one that got these out and put them back.
- One crate per child, plus one crate for my teachers books – As I added two children, who had different books, we would pull our crates out when it was school time and everything went in the right bins. When we were done, we put them on our shelves until the next school day.
- Magazine Files for each subject – As we moved into more independent learning, I began to use magazine files to hold our books for each subject and one for their daily work. This is how I still do it today!
Organizing Crafting Things
We do a lot of binder books, and have several crafting items that we need to be able to find and use quickly. I absolutely love the cubical storage shelves for organizing our binder book supplies and other craft things. It is so important to use things like this in small homes or tiny spaces to maximize your floor space and organize the things you use most.
I require my children to take things out and put them back when they use them.
Organizing Book Shelves
Every homeschooling family has book shelves, and chances are several of them. Over the 15 years, I have accumulated a lot of different books and many of them are ones that I don't plan on getting rid of because they are such good things.
What has worked for our family is having our shelves organized by subjects. We have one for history, another for nature/science, another for literature, poetry and art/music studies. And another for our math, and other resources that are not included on the other shelves.
It really helps to keep our books where they belong when we aren't using them for our lessons or free time reading.
Functional School Space
This is where most families struggle to find what works for them. I know we have had our seasons of finding functional space to do our homeschooling that meets the needs of our family.
Over the years we have done it these ways:
- At the kitchen table or on the couch
- Older ones have home schooled in their rooms, while I worked at the table with our younger one
- All bedrooms, with a gate on the door for our toddler when working with my third child
- Currently, we transformed our formal dining room (that we only use when entertaining) into a functional school room that still looks like a dining room. s
Sell What You Don't Use
This is one thing that has helped us over the years, to keep our school things to fit our space that we have in our home. Once we know that we no longer need a curriculum or resource, I will sell to other families looking for these resources. This helps raise extra funds for our next year's curriculum, while keeping our home functional for what we really use and want to keep.
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