Are you stuck homeschooling without a schoolroom? Well if you are, and if you need inspiration on organizing your small space for homeschooling, today I’m going to share some of my favorite homeschool organizational room ideas for small spaces.
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First, will you still be my friend if I show you this?
Like you have to pinky promise not to judge this Fancy Farmgirl…
Let me just start off by saying that I have times in my life where my organizational skills really lack y’all, and I let spaces in my house turn into this…
Here’s how unorganized my school room had become… (GASP!)
A little disclaimer— We don’t necessarily have an actual dedicated “school room”, because we live in a small 3 bedroom house, meaning we are limited on space.
But rather, we have a homeschool room nook, homeschool room corner, or homeschool wall (whichever you’d like to call it!) in our dining room.
Yep, that means our dining room serves a dual-purpose as eating area and small homeschool room.
Of the joys of living in a small house.
And as you can see below, the labeled and “once organized” bins have now become a mess and very unorganized.
And apparently… I have one child who is like me when I was a child and thinks it’s a brilliant idea to chew on all his marker caps.
>>Not guilty here at all.. Nope… def not!<<
Because we are very limited on space, our small homeschooling corner is crammed with homeschool EVERYTHING, and we have to do what we can to make it work, be functional, and get creative with some small homeschool room ideas.
Now that I’ve shown you the madness in our dual-purpose homeschool room, which is again, also our dining room, I am now going to share with you how to make your small homeschool space organized and how I like to create a functional homeschool room, whether your space is big or small!
How to organize a small homeschool room
Do you also homeschool without a dedicated, legit schoolroom? Well, join the club, and let’s get it nice and organized!
Now, before we get to the simple homeschool organization tips, you will want to do these steps first, BEFORE the organizational fun part comes!
Do these 4 steps BEFORE you start organizing your small homeschool room!
1. Remove everything out of your homeschool room area
Clear off all surfaces, bookshelves, bins, etc.
2. Throw away the junk from your homeschool room!
This includes half-dried markers, pencils that were chewed on by
beavers I mean, children, papers that have no meaning, trash (don’t judge)… and so on!
3. Organize homeschool printouts, papers and homeschool books by type, grade level and subject
Place everything in piles by subject, by child or grade level, etc.
4. Sort everything else in your homeschool room
This could be stacks of printer paper, glue sticks (check to make sure they still have life), notebooks, etc. and make mini organized piles of everything you are going to keep.
Phew, okay, now that we have that craziness out of the way 👏…
Here are my 6 easy Homeschool organization ideas for small spaces.
These 6 tips are my top hacks for organizing a small homeschool room, a dual-purpose homeschool room, and/ or homeschool wall ideas.
Whether you are blessed to have a dedicated homeschool room, or you homeschool in a main living space like your living room or dining room (like we do), these 6 easy, small homeschool room tips will help you out!
** You will notice the key to keeping everything organized is bins!*
1. Get bins for Art and Coloring Supplies
After you sort through your homeschooling art supplies such as crayons, pencils, colored pencils, scissors, glue, erasers, and more, you will want to keep them organized in a bin or bins.
Some great bins for keeping your homeschooling art supplies organized are ones like these:
Click on the images to get more info on them!
If you want to be cheap (I mean frugal) like me, you can just grab one of these guys or similar, at the Dollar Tree as I did.
2. Get organizers for Organizing Papers, Notebooks and Unused Folders
I love to keep my papers and notebooks in a bin. I just used a wooden crate from Home Goods and a paper divider/sorter from a yard sale.
Here are similar items you can use to sort all of your papers, notebooks and unused folders in your homeschool room:
3. Cube organizers for homeschool organization
I am slightly obsessed with cubby or cube organizers.
They are super functional, yet, they can have a sleek look to them depending on the type of bins you get, and they are by far, one of my favorite homeschool storage solutions.
I use these bins for school books, organized by subject or child.
Our cube organizer is this one from IKEA, with bins similar to these wicker bins:
I love using the cube organizer shelves in my small homeschool room because everything can be organized, yet hidden. WIN-WIN!
Each cubby space has a label using this handy dandy label maker:
If you have not yet bought yourself a label maker, and you WANT to get ORGANIZED… do yourself a favor and buy a label maker.
I cannot express how much label makers have saved my life, in the sense that, it really helps you look and stay organized (if you choose to follow the labels and put things back where they go).
4. Plastic drawer bins for organizing homeschool materials in your small homeschool room
These plastic drawer bins have made their way around my house in many different rooms. I love that they have individual drawers, and of course, I use labels on each drawer to label what goes in it!
Here are some similar items:
5. Bookcases for homeschool organization
I got this bookcase for $5 from a friend. I could have gone with something nicer and fancier, but honestly, I was looking for a no-brainer way to store homeschool books right now and not necessarily anything “fancy” until we have an actual school room (in our next house!🙏).
Bookcases are great for storing… you guessed it, “homeschool books”!
Not only am I using a bookcase to organize our homeschooling books, but I also used the label maker to label the different genres of books, which helps keep the shelves SUPER organized!
Using the labels also helps your children put things back where they go!
For the smaller items on the bookshelf like chapter books and CDs, I placed them in small wire bins.
And on the bottom shelf, I have organized binders filled with school curriculum print outs, unit studies and worksheets I’ve made or found online.
Which brings me to my last tip…
6. Use Binders for organizing homeschool printouts and unit studies
Using binders are an amazing way to organize all those loose papers, printouts, worksheets and unit studies you print out.
Inside each binder contains loose papers printouts, all neatly tucked inside. And to keep everything nice and organized, you can use a label maker to label the sides of the binders, or you can use label stickers.
I labeled each binder by subject and you can buy labels for organizing your homeschool papers and curriculums with these:
There you have it folks!
Those are my top 6 tips for organizing a small homeschool room!
Now, let me show you the before and after of our small homeschool room.
Messy and Unorganized Small Homeschool Room
Organized and more functional small homeschool room
As you can see, I like to keep things pretty basic with these simple homeschool organization tips! Thanks for stopping by!