This afternoon, I was again–or maybe still–considering the best ways to organize our homeschool stuff to ensure that everything is orderly when we officially start school next week. Because our house is relatively small (at least by today’s standards), I do not have a room or an area of the house that can be specifically designated for school. This has meant that I am attempting to create spaces for our supplies in places that are sensible and accessible but not totally visible. This is what brings me to the question I have: How do you make a home a homeschool and yet keep it a home? While I want to create an atmosphere that invites learning, I do not want to forfeit the “homey” feeling and appearance of a neat, uncluttered home.
So, in efforts to keep our home clutter-free and our homeschool sensible, accessible, and “invisible,” I have purchased a couple gently used bookshelves, this one for some of Travis’ and my books (to free up space on other bookshelves),
and this one for hidden storage. From the outside, it just looks like a nice piece of living room furniture,
but on the inside is a wealth of stuff including children’s games, basic art supplies, children’s books, homeschool books, diapers, and even a few toys!
If it weren’t for the fact that I want to keep some things out of Isabel and Elliana’s reach, I would be able to neatly fit more homeschool supplies in there. Instead, I have one drawer in the kitchen that contains scissors, pencils, glue sticks, lined paper, and a few other supplies
as well as a filing bin in the basement with some other learning aids such as alphabet coloring pages and flashcards.
Lastly, I have a world map and an alphabet poster that I would like to hang on a wall; but I haven’t done so yet because I haven’t come up with a spot that would be sensible, accessible, and yet not totally visible.
So tell me, you experienced homeschoolers and/or organizers that may be reading this post, am I crazy for thinking I can maintain my home in spite of my homeschool? What ideas do you have for organizing a homeschool in a sensible, accessible, “invisible” fashion?