Optimal organization for keeping a schoolroom minimally controlled can happen in your kitchen or a designated room for school. Your family’s spot to home educate doesn’t have to be Pinterest-ready, just optimally functional for your situation.
Change Up Your Closets so the Mess is Minimal
Everything needs to have a home. While you are doing school with your children it will look like a disaster since learning is taking place. Several children and a momma all together in one room can bring about a big mess. That is OK. When it comes time to bring order to the day’s chaos, it works best to have a ‘home’ for each pencil, crayon, book, and item. Otherwise, tomorrow, you can waste valuable time finding that ONE really NEEDED pen!!
Believe me!! I’ve been there!!
We always had a relatively organized closet but never a Pinterest-Ready closet. Good thing Pinterest wasn’t available yet!! Don’t you sometimes feel like someone is going to snap a picture of the inside of your closet and post it to Pinterest or Facebook? Somehow we have digressed to the point that we feel like everything has to be perfect. I am talking organized but not perfection.
Purchase some organizing baskets from a dollar store. Buy some from Target if you can afford the price. Keep in mind that before I had a closet in my schoolroom (at first I had no schoolroom at all) I made a bookshelf out of cardboard boxes. Yep!! That was before my sweet husband made these wonderful bookshelves that go right to the ceiling with two desks built-in.
I never afforded to buy all the organizing baskets and containers at one shot. I bought two or three at a time, so they really never all matched. It is really ideal if they match but for most of us, we happen to be raising children and groceries are much more important. Just remember you are looking for optimal organization without breaking the bank.
Baskets for Each Child’s School Work
Baskets for each child lined up on a shelf are ideal for optimal organizing of their notebooks. I bought five of these, and yes, these did all match but were different colors. They were heavy plastic which was the beauty since they were washable. They lasted for years and now hold my husband’s hats.
We got Rid of the Desks and Had One Big Table
Homeschooling is not the same as traditional school and early-on we ditched the desks. By the time we added the seventh desk, it just screamed ‘school’ instead of learning. It worked best for us to gather around a big table. It made the room inviting and optimal for crafts as well as school.
I was given the table and benches from a friend and striped and polyurethaned it. You might find one at a garage sale like I did our kitchen table. I saw a picture of a round white table in a schoolroom this morning that brightened the room and made it look quite attractive.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money. I’ll say that again. You don’t have to spend much money.
A Bookshelf in Your Learning Area
What an awesome idea for optimal organization of those books!!
Did I tell you about the bookshelf my hubby made? It would have cost a lot of money to buy the bookshelf he made. Your husband might not have the mechanical and wood shop skills that mine has, but I have seen bookshelves at thrift stores that would work well.
Not every book is convenient on your Kindle or Nook. You might be like me and not want your children to have these devices. Having real books is a great addition to your schoolroom but you need to find a way to organize them. A bookcase is an answer!!
Keeping your schoolroom minimally controlled
I know what it is like for children to turn a schoolroom upside down into chaos. Keeping your schoolroom minimally controlled means finding optimal ways to organize the mess. It takes optimal time to find that ONE lost item from where you should have been spending the time.
Take the time to put your schoolroom to rights and optimally organize the chaos so that you can keep it minimally controlled.
What are YOU doing to have optimal organization of your school area?
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