One of the most frequent questions I get about homeschooling is, “What is your homeschool room organization or homeschool room setup?”
In both houses we’ve lived while homeschooling, we have been blessed to have an entire room that is dedicated to homeschooling and set up as a classroom.
In our old house, the previous owners of our house had an entire room off of the master bedroom as their sitting room. I was planning on turning it into the dreamiest of all dreamy closets (even though I don’t have enough clothes to fill an entire room nor am I really that into fashion). But then I decided to change plans and make it into a much more functional homeschool room.
In our new house, we downsized. So the only space for a homeschool room was the “formal” living room . . . right at the front door. It’s not ideal — it doesn’t have a door and it’s a big open space that anyone who comes to the front door can see into, but it works.
Here’s the thing though: you don’t need an entire room like we have to homeschool. There are no “best room designs” for homeschooling. In fact, you just need to create a “space” so that you can house your homeschooling items in one place. (This will save your sanity. Trust me.)
5 Tips for Organizing Your Homeschool Room & Saving Your Sanity (No Matter How Small Your Space Is)
1. Homeschool room setup ideas: Have a dedicated homeschooling space.
The dedicated space may be an entire separate homeschool room, an area in the basement, a table set up in the corner of your family room, or even in a closet. (That’s right! I said you can effectively put a homeschool room in a closet!)
Your homeschool room doesn’t need to be fancy or huge; it just needs to be designated as the “learning space” to help keep you organized during homeschool studies.
2. Homeschool classroom setup: Keep homeschooling supplies handy.
The trick to keeping your homeschooling day organized and moving forward is having everything you need within arm’s reach. If you have to get up and hunt for pencils, crayons, and paper each time you need it, it will break concentration and can easily derail your homeschooling day (especially if you are teaching younger children).
One thing that helped us is that I put together a supply caddy just for my daughter. When she needs markers, scissors, glue, crayons, pencils or anything else for her lessons, she pulls out the caddy, finds her supplies and is on her way.
At the end of the school day, she can put her own supplies back and store them on the shelf.
It also has a handle that is perfect for carrying around (because we homeschool all over the house) or for outside lessons, nature drawings, or crafts.
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3. Make the homeschooling learning space the right size for your children.
In our old house, we had a normal size table where we did certain lessons together. But, when my daughter was younger, we also had a homeschool table and chairs that were the perfect size for her five year old body. When she was doing independent lessons or crafts, she would sit a at her little table. (It made her feel special to have her own homeschool table and chairs!)
As my daughter has gotten older, we’ve graduated to both having separate desks. However, I’m considering adding a large table back into our classroom in the new house. It just works better for larger DIY homeschool projects and also things we collaborate on throughout the week.
You know how quickly the toys get spread out all over the house (like, two hours after you’ve spent the entire day cleaning?) or how your kid’s room gets out of control in, like, the blink of an eye?
Well, the same thing can happen with your homeschooling space if you don’t stay on top of it. (And, you don’t need that added stress on top of homeschooling!)
The trick to staying on top of the homeschooling mess is to use the right tools. One of my favorite homeschool finds EVER are these easy-clean craft trays.
They are little trays that you use for projects. They contain all the mess and then you just wash them off and store them (they are stackable).
We use these craft trays for science projects, messy art projects (I’m lookin’ at you paint), playing with clay, and so much more.
(For real. If you get ONE TOOL for your homeschool room, get these!)
Also, at the end of each learning day, everyone involved should spend time putting away items and cleaning the homeschool room or area so it is organized for the next session.
(YES! EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.)
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5. Find the right classroom decoration.
Want to decorate your homeschool room? Be sure to include fun stuff in your school room to make it feel like their own.
Fun decorating ideas include a reading corner with fun floor pillows or stuffed animals from their bedroom, a bulletin board just for your child to hang artwork, and cool wall decals are all things that can make it more their own.
(We actually got a tree decal and made it into her “reading tree.” Every time she finished a book, she wrote the title, author, and date on a leaf that we made out of construction paper and stuck it onto her wall tree.)
I let my daughter decide how she wanted to decorate some areas of the room and where she wanted to hang things so that she felt invested in her learning space.
How do you keep the homeschool room setup and organized at your house? I’d love to hear your ideas!