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Homeschooling in small spaces – a real life look

June 29, 2020
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Before we get into this post, I want to prepare you…it won’t be a Pinterest perfect area. 😉 I’m a real mom, with 5 kiddos who are like little tornados everywhere they go. We are a family of 7 living in a 1,200 sq ft house. The areas aren’t perfectly organized and I’m still trying to figure out how to organize some of our craft supplies better (any ideas appreciated ;)). BUT I wanted to share this with you to show that you don’t need a homeschool room to homeschool. Each kid doesn’t need their own desk, a computer area, or a craft table. And if you have those things, that is awesome! Someday I would love to be able to have a space specifically for homeschooling. But I always want to remain content and use the space that the Lord has given me well. So now that I’ve put that disclaimer out there, let’s get into today’s post. 🙂

I am over 5 years into my homeschooling journey, and have lived in this home since we started homeschooling. I’ve had lots of trial and error with where things work best, but this has been one that I have like the most and worked the longest. Right now I am homeschooling 4 kiddos: 4th grader, 3rd grader, kindergarten, and preschool, while trying to keep a 2 year old busy. Ready to see what our homeschool room looks like?

Real life home of a homeschooling family. I’ve realized through the years, that I love a more minimalist look in our home and since every room flows together in the main part of my house, I didn’t want it to be overrun with homeschool posters, boards, etc. For the past year especially, I have been focusing on really decluttering and really focusing on what we need verses what we don’t need. When things are less messy and easier to keep up with, it makes my job easier. Plus my kids know where everything goes then. This year has especially been an eye opener that I don’t need all that stuff, but am so much more content with a simple space, that functions well.

Our table is a central focus and place for all kinds of activities in our home (I’m sure you can tell from the wear on it ;)). From crafts, history lessons, and learning to read. As well as, family meals and game nights. I still have little kids, so keeping it real and didn’t go out and purchase any flowers or anything for the middle, because usually I don’t have them on there. But I always love when we do! 🙂

Tip #1 – Use what you have

The biggest thing I could share with you is, don’t feel like you need to go out and buy specific things to fit your homeschool space. Sometimes it’s necessary, but most of the time you have something that can work. For example, a few years ago we found this at Sam’s Club on clearance. Do you know what it is? A jewelry box! Now I’m not a huge jewelry person, so I can’t imagine even having that much jewelry to fill it up. But we have put it to great use in other ways! We love it because it’s taller so it holds a lamp, picture, and speaker that the little kiddos can’t reach. And then we’ve used it for all kinds of stuff. Right now though the top drawer holds our cords or headphones. Next one holds index cards and stickers.

Another holds lined paper.

This one holds flash cards.

And the very bottom one holds coloring books. It has been a great functional piece that we had and used it in a way that fit our needs for now.

Another place I store books is in our coat closet! During the winter this holds coats and snow pants. But during the spring/summer I transform it to my school closet! Do you have an extra closet you could move things around in? Or do you have an area close to where you homeschool you could declutter to find space for things that you’ll truly use? This only holds resources and extra books for my kids to read. Then at the very top is play money, learning games, and any other resources we don’t use every day that need to be out of reach of the younger ones.

There’s also a hook on the side of the closet, so in it I hang our bag with our nature journals and colored pencils.

Our History time line in on the back of the door, which is much safer from little hands. 😉

I also in our game closet cleaned off a shelf and use it for books/curriculum we aren’t using now, but will in the future.

Tip #2 – Have as much stuff as you can within reach

Make sure the things you use on a daily basis or in a morning basket are all together.

I have this shelf that I hold two baskets: one for our group subjects (science, history, bible) and one for our extra things (history games, language art game, world map ball, mammals flip books, etc).

Under that sits my kids school boxes. Especially if you don’t have a homeschool room I would strongly recommend having boxes for each of your kids that hold their books. It’s so nice to be able to have all of each kids school books in one box. So whether you want to do school outside, or they want to do it back in their room, it makes it so much easier. Plus it’s easy to clean up and put away!

Tip #3 – Remember to keep things simple

Keep places to put things simple and easy. Not cluttered.

I love these little containers from the dollar tree to hold pencils, erasers, sharpeners, and dry erase markers.
What school room wouldn’t be complete without books from The Good and the Beautiful? 😉
The bottom then holds binders, how to draw books and other bigger books.
My one “school room” poster is our Mammals map for our science unit from The Good and the Beautiful. I love this map!

And that’s it! I am all for simple and easy, and hopefully you were able to glean something from this post. If nothing else to show that you don’t need all the latest fancy gadgets and extras. Or you don’t have to have a homeschool room to homeschool. Just do the best you can with the space you have and it will be great and unique for your family! 🙂 If you have any other questions leave them down below or send me a message as I’m always happy to help! 🙂

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