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If this is your first year homeschooling this is an important step to making sure you get your year off on a good start.
You don’t need a huge Pinterest perfect school area as I’ve talked about in this post but you do need it to be organized if you want to be successful. Having stuff here and there is a surefire way to get overwhelmed in a hurry. Trust me, I know this from experience.
Our main area is our dining table. We have some bookshelves which hold the majority of our books plus I have another shelf with the books I am using that are specific to our curriculum for this year.
In addition to this we have a cabinet with art supplies, another cabinet with other supplies, a tech cabinet to store and charge our laptops and tablets, plus several other cubbies that hold additional resources. I took a little time earlier this summer to get it all organized and weeded through.
Once I had purged the items we wouldn’t be needing I got to work ordering new items. When the new items arrived I’ve made sure to get them put away so I can find them when we need them. This couldn’t have happened if I hadn’t purged the unnecessary items first.
In addition to supplies and curriculum each child has a cubby with their own basket. This holds their pencil pouch, notebooks, and any workbooks they will be using. They each also have a folder to hold their completed work in so I can put it in their portfolio.
This picture was before I cleaned out their cubbies. I’m still hoping to find some different colored baskets too.
It is my hopes to one day have some nice IKEA shelves but for now we know where everything is and where things need to go so this will make life so much easier. Our system is simple and easy for anyone to use which means it’ll be a lot less hassle for Momma.
Take a few minutes and evaluate where you plan to homeschool. If you have homeschooled before then write down what didn’t work before and start making changes. A little change here and there can make a big difference in how your homeschool day goes.
If you don’t homeschool you probably want to make a designated spot for book bags and such. When my kids were in public school I had a coat rack hung low on a wall for their book bags, jackets and a small cubby for shoes. I really like this unit I found on Amazon! Every night we made sure everything was in place so there was no last minute scavenger hunts for missing homework or shoes in the mornings.
You may also want to set up a study area if you have space. This will help to make it more likely that those homework assignments will get completed and not get eaten by the dog.
Check out these resources I’ve found useful for more great tips and ideas!