When I first started homeschooling I dreamed of having a dedicated homeschool room. I imagined all the fun and learning that would take place in our little school room each morning. Then reality set in and I realized that I live in a tiny apartment with no extra space and I needed to figure out a way to make do! A few organization pieces go a long way to making everything feel more organized and less cluttered.
Staying Organized without a Dedicated Homeschool Room
I have found that I don’t need much to make school time work without having a dedicated space, but these are three essentials:
1. The Dining Room Table
This is where the magic happens most of the time. We do our devotions during breakfast at the table and this is where we do math, spelling/reading and copywork. It’s also the place we end up for science projects and anything else that’s hands on.
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I have a shelving unit that sits behind the sofa in my living room. This is where I keep all of our curriculum, books, art supplies, etc. These cloth drawers are a great way to hide the mess so that the living room doesn’t look so cluttered all the time.
I have one of these in my dining room. My boys and I each have a drawer for our individual school supplies. My boys have their readers, copywork books, pencils, scissors, etc in their drawers. This keeps everyone’s stuff organized and separate. I use my drawer for any extra supplies or things that I need to have close by (like dry erase markers).
Why Not Having a Homeschool Room Works for Me
While my main reason for not having a dedicated homeschool room is lack of space there are a few other reasons that a special room doesn’t work for us right now:
- I want to create an environment of learning in my home: I don’t want my boys thinking that learning only happens in the school room. Working beside mom in the kitchen to fix a meal or learn to wash dishes is a part of learning. So is stretching out on the floor with lots of books from the library trying to identify that weird bug we saw on our nature walk.
- The temptation to collect stuff: I’m not a hoarder but I have the tendency to collect stuff. I know that if I had a room where I could close the door and ignore the clutter it would be full of stuff that we don’t really need or use.
- I need to be able to multitask a little: doing school in the living room and dining room gives me the ability to switch out the laundry and still keep an eye on the little one that likes to slack off on his copywork. Being able to see the dining room table from the kitchen lets me call out spelling words while I wash dishes or get dinner into the crockpot.
What about you? Do you have a dedicated school room or do you do school at the dining room table?