Have you every looked at pictures of other people’s perfectly organized school rooms and had to wipe the drool off your keyboard? There are some people who have amazing school rooms with custom designed desks for each student, wall-to-wall book shelves, special computer areas, and you name it, someone has probably built it. I’ve even seen a neat little storage unit specifically for school supplies that has wheels and rotates.
If you have perfectionist tendencies like I do, sometimes it’s hard to look at all those “perfect” school rooms. A perfectionist may struggle at times to do anything if she can’t do it perfectly. This is not meant to be a post about overcoming schoolroom envy, but I do hope to share some ideas to help you better organize your homeschool supplies.
The first step in organizing anything is to declutter. It’s silly to try to organize clutter. If you don’t use it, get rid of it.
Storage should be near where you use the item.
If you do most of your schooling in the kitchen, try to find storage space NEAR the kitchen. (That doesn’t mean the kitchen table!)
In our current home, we use the kitchen table, the dining room table, and the living room for our school rooms. All of those rooms serve other functions during the rest of the day, so I don’t want them set up as permanent school rooms.
Be creative with storage containers.
It is not necessary to have perfectly matched beautiful baskets to store all your homeschool supplies. (Though I know if would be pretty.) Think of the items that need storing and try to think of low or no-cost storage solutions.
I have become quite nuts about reusing “trash” to store things. I remind myself of my grandmother. I store my teacher’s manuals in a display box from an office store. It was empty and I asked them if I could have it. They probably thought I was crazy, but it keeps my manuals together and keeps them from falling down.
My last tip is:
Don’t overwhelm yourself designing a perfectly organized homeschool area with all your books color-coded, and shelves labeled. Organize one area first and work to develop habits to keep it organized. When you’ve got everything organized, then maybe you’ll want to take the time to label it and buy matching baskets. At least then you’ll know what baskets you need, and where you want to put them.
I’ve got a lot more I could organize. I find that I am learning to evaluate how much I need something to be reorganized versus my desire to do something different. I am learning to be content without beautiful baskets and a label maker!