The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Shannon at AKA Design.
Hi organizing junkies!
I’m going to guess that you didn’t know we homeschooled our three little people, did you?
Well we do!
A couple of things you should know though; we are totally normal, we live in the suburbs and we don’t think everyone should homeschool. :) It just works for our family. And we love it.
Anyway, with homeschooling comes a lot of extra books and supplies. And more papers than you can shake a stick at! (Something I’m sure everyone can relate to.)
When we first started officially homeschooling, our youngest was a toddler, our “middlest” was a preschooler and our oldest was in kindergarten. This meant a lot of different manipulatives, toys and activities to keep the littler girls busy while I taught our son.
Once the girls joined in our schooling a little more, there were still quite a few little bits and pieces – teddy bear counters, blocks, flash cards (yes, we used those!), even squirmy little rubber sticky worms and bugs to keep the “baby” busy.
When we had so much stuff, we kept two big bookshelves in the dining room with buckets and baskets to keep it all organized. Not so pretty.
Now it’s a different story. Our homeschooling supplies are almost all books.
Novels, historical fiction, workbooks, dictionaries, devotionals and text books.
But then there are also pencils, erasers, scissors and art supplies.
Which brings me back to my original dilemma – where to keep all this stuff without a separate room just for homeschooling?
The solution: an ordinary piece of furniture – a buffet with drawers.
Yup! That’s it!
All of our everyday and current books go in here. The rest – already used or for later in the school year – are in the basement family room on the bookcases. Out of sight, out of the way.
Each of us has a drawer of our own in the buffet.
My drawer has the teacher manuals and my schedule/course planner as well as extra pencils and the date stamp.
Each of the kids has a giant binder to keep finished papers sorted, as well as their current workbooks and devotional and a pencil case in their drawer.
So that’s how we organize our homeschool supplies. I’m sure it would work well for any sort of school papers, etc – a drawer for each person. And it looks pretty too!
Do any of you homeschool? Do you have a sure fire way to keep school papers organized?
Shannon Acheson is a passionate interior decorator, frugal DIYer, sometime graphic designer, wannabe writer, homeschooling momma and adoring wife. She is the co-owner (with hubster) of AKA Design and the main writer/designer for the blog of the same name. Shannon recently moved from a war-era bungalow to a cozy backsplit in Oshawa, Ontario with her husband and their three children, and during spare moments can be found scouring local shops for decor bargains, rearranging the furniture again, or scrubbing paint off her hands.