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As I began transforming our small office space into a full-blown homeschool classroom, there were a few things that I found were key to making this work. The good news is, this didn’t require that I seek out a contractor to expand the square footage of my home. It also didn’t require kicking someone out of their bedroom or working in the bathroom. Here are my tips.
Make Sure You Have a Dedicated Storage Space
Trust me on this one. If nothing else, you will want to make sure you have a dedicated space to store all of your homeschool materials. This doesn’t have to be anything crazy or expensive. Currently, we are using a 3 shelf bookcase and a little 3 drawer cart to store our homeschool supplies. Each of the kiddos can get their own drawer for their school supplies, and a single shelf to store their books, folders, binders, etc. You can even hang a storage pocket chart from the wall to use for storing worksheets and folders. Officeandcrafts.com is a great place to start if you are looking for cost-effective office organization solutions.
Say “Yes” to Folding Desks
There is no better “classroom” space saver than the wondrous folding desk. You can get an inexpensive folding desk or laptop table (or two . . . or however many you need) from Amazon. You can pull this bad boy out whenever you need it and then fold it up and tuck it away when you’re done. Boom. Done. No need to have the kids crowding at the kitchen table with their schoolwork. The best part is, you can move your learning session to any location in the house without taking up extra space indefinitely.
Incorporate Learning Into Your Decor
Okay, hear me out. Your kids can actually get some learning in as they move around the house if you incorporate things such as elegant wall maps, framed number charts, and periodic tables, etc. You can get a couple of cool rugs. I mean, you can really have some fun with this one.
I personally love the idea of using maps and globes to decorate your home. But maybe that’s just me. Either way, there are so many cool ways you can go about implementing this method.
No More Hoarding
Don’t hoard unnecessary items. If you can scan it and save on the computer, recycle it, or just get rid of it altogether, then please do so. All the paper and notebooks and binders really start to add up, and before you know it, your home has become a schoolwork junkyard. Don’t let this happen to you. Try out some digital artwork or nature art for art class. Have a shred party for paperwork you no longer need. The extra clutter is only going to make your workspace seem even smaller.
Hopefully, these tips help you out as you prepare your homeschool workspace. Truthfully, these tips are quite helpful regardless of the size of your space. But have fun with it, and as always, if you have any useful tips please share them in the comments below.