Organizing Homeschool Books Where You Use Them
So this year I have one child in primary school, one in middle school and I’m homeschooling my oldest who is in grade 10. The homeschooling is new to us this year. As in we’ve never done it before. She’s actually doing it through an online Christian school and she has teachers other than me (thank goodness for her!).
This post is about how we go about organizing homeschool books, binders and notebooks. Originally I thought she might use the dining room table to work or even the desk in her room. But now that we are into it a couple of weeks we’ve realized that those two locations, while great places to work, aren’t where she prefers to park herself. Nope, instead of a good old fashion table and chair for schooling, she prefers the coziness of the couch in the living room. I think it’s because she’s closer to me here and loves to be entertained by the singing and dancing I do..ALL.DAY.LONG. She’ll never admit it of course, but I know that’s why.
So as you can imagine it didn’t take me long to start twitching over all her books left lying around on the couch and coffee table. It was still a room to sit back and have a coffee with visitors after all.
Once I realized this is where she was going to work everyday, I quickly went into organize mode. Find a place to store the supplies when not in use so this momma didn’t go crazy!
My philosophy is if you can’t fight it, figure out how to make it work. Store stuff where you use it.
So I did. In fact I knew exactly what I was going to do.
Six years ago I blogged about the most awesome basket I found that fit right underneath my coffee table and way back when this was the perfect solution for storing baby toys. Now my “baby” is almost 7…wah!
Over the years, as my family’s needs have changed, this basket has served many many purposes. It’s been used to hold things like puzzles and games to couch blankets and crochet projects in progress. I love this basket! It was purchased at a grocery store of all places.
An afghan I was working on a few years back:
Well now this basket has evolved again and has most recently become our homeschooling basket. Books and binders are stored where we use them but out of eyesight which is a win-win all around. Love it when that happens!
Do you have an evolving basket or bin? Where does it live in your home?