When I was 2, I was the little girl who organized her stuffed animals by height, color and type on her bed each morning. I was the girl who cried when her younger sister sharpened one of the color pencils a little more than the rest, and the girl who had to get a brand new notebook every time a page had a tiny smudge.
Wait a minute, I’m still that girl.
I’m obsessive when it comes to organization. In my family it’s called the sickness and it’s taken very seriously. Having an obsessive personality can sometimes be beneficial. This month, I let the OCD tendencies completely take over when reorganizing our homeschool space.
Once most of the unused books were gone; we took the rest of our homeschool curriculum, sorted everything by subject, and type. I like these magazine holders from IKEA, because they keep everything neatly in place. I printed colorful labels with a brief description of each holder, so curriculum is easily found.
The desk top sorters at the bottom of the unit, hold each of my girls notebooks by subject. Since school is still a few weeks away, most of the cubbies are still empty.
We also have a great deal of flashcards, science kits, DVD’s and audio discs to store. We keep these in clear plastic totes, on the top shelf of this unit. The bottom shelf holds curriculum for sale.
Organized Book Collection
After the socialization question, and the are those all your kids question, what I get asked the most is:
How do you keep track of, and how do you organize all your books?
Answer 1: I use an app called Book List Bookshelf by iCollect.
Answer 2: I color code as much as I can.
Based on our book collection, interests and ease of use I split our books in 11 different categories, using this tape. Since I only need a couple of inches per book, it will last a very long time.
Our categories are as follows:
- Fiction – Dark Green
- Plays & Essays – Red
- Poetry, Folktales, Myths & Short Stories – Orange
- Christian Living – Light Blue
- Apologetics – Black
- Devotionals & Bible Studies – Pink
- Science – Lime Green
- History – Purple
- Biographies – Yellow
- Education & Reference – Blue
- Art & Music – White
Since we often have tiny visitors, we keep a small basket of picture books handy next to an arm chair.
Organized School Supplies
One of my favorite things on our homeschool space is this utility cart. I think I need at least one in every room. The top shelf holds our writing supplies in little metal pails. The second shelf holds washi tape, pencil sharpeners, erasers, chalk, scissors and glue. The third shelf holds math manipulatives, latin flashcards and calculators.
We keep staples, post-it notes, and other miscellaneous office supplies in a small unit with drawer organizers.
And lastly, we use house spare notebooks, folders, in a shoe cabinet. I love it, because it takes very little space, it can hold a lot of supplies, and it looks pretty in our room.
4 Tips to Having and Keeping an Organized Space
- Color coding works wonders for us, but a numbering or labeling system might work better for you.
- What does your family use on a daily basis? If your kids love crayons, store them in an easily accessible place, like a clear bin on a table, vs. a drawer or a closet. Kids are more likely to put things away if they can see where things go.
- Opt for movable storage, like a utility cart that can be rolled out of the way quickly.
- Get creative, and repurpose what you already own. Who knew old shoe cabinets could double up as school supply storage?
The key to having and keeping any space organized, is to figure out what works for your family, and to be consistent.
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