Right now is about the time I look around my homeschool room and realize that things need a bit of sprucing up. The semester has been long and involved, and in the busyness of our school days things don’t always get put away or cleaned up on a regular basis.

Now the spoils of our homeschooling litter the floor, and basically the place is a mess. Which means I am ready to take some time out to get reorganized.

Six Tools to Organize Your Homeschool Room


Every once and a while I like to take a good look around the room at what is working and what isn’t working. For the things that are not working I come up with a few creative solutions. Right now I want to share with you a few of the organizational things that are working for us.

Six Tools for Organizing Your Homeschool Room

Picnic Utensil Art Caddy

This wicker picnic utensil holder is perfect for holding some of our smaller art supplies. Paint brushes, water cups, water colors, pastels and other art supplies we don’t use daily fit right into the spaces of the caddy. It is compact and fits nicely under on our Ikea table shelves, easy to grab, and fairly easy to keep neat and tidy.

Six Tools for Organizing Your Homeschool Room Utensil Caddy

Glass Jars

I find glass jars in all sizes perfect for storing manipulatives, dice, and other small pieces. When stored in glass, the things I need are easy to find and become part of the room decor.

Six Tools for Organizing Your Homeschool Room Glass Jars

Magazine Holders

I have found no better way to store our large volume of thin picture books, and I have tried a few different methods. I sort the books by topic, put as many in the holder as I can, and label each spine.

Six Tools for Organizing Your Homeschool Room Magazine Holders

When I need a book I can reach down and move each holder to the table to thumb through. It usually doesn’t take me too many attempts to find the one I need.

Six Tools for Organizing Your Homeschool Room Magazine Holders Row

Diaper Caddy

Now I wouldn’t suggest going out and buying one of these if you don’t already have one you are no longer using, but I found our no-longer-needed diaper caddy perfect for storing our collection of cards of any kind — flashcards, art cards, memory work cards, etc. I rubber band the sets together and store them down in the various compartments. Then I slide the entire thing on the shelf.

Six Tools for Organizing Your Homeschool Room Diaper Basket


Shop around your house for these or look for sales at your local craft stores. I look for neutral colors and love a variety of shapes and sizes for different purposes. Ours hold videos and CDs, math manipulatives — basically anything you need.

Six Tools for Organizing Your Homeschool Room Basket

The beauty of baskets is that they cut down the visual clutter by storing a variety of things behind one solid surface. I also use them to store and group like things together — everything I need for morning time is in one easy-to-grab basket. Love it!


These handy buckets come in a few different sizes and are usually pretty easy to find at the Target dollar spot. The colors you find will depend on the season you are shopping. I prefer the galvanized myself.

Homeschool materials are already so colorful. Neutral color storage containers help tone down all the busy in the room. We have buckets on the shelves with large erasers, manipulatives, small pencil sharpeners, and office supplies.

Six Tools for Organizing Your Homeschool Room Buckets

We also keep a collection of buckets on our lazy Susan to hold pencils, markers, dry erase, scissors, and glue — basically anything we are reaching for on a regular basis.

BONUS Seventh Tool

I can’t forget this one. These Sterilite Small Flip Top Storage Box are perfect for storing our All About Reading and Spelling cards, Latin flashcards, and any number of small things that need a home. I buy them by the case and always find a use for every single one of them.

Six Tools for Organizing Your Homeschool Room Boxes

 What are your favorite tools for organizing your homeschool room?

Pam Barnhill

Pam Barnhill

Pam is the author of The Your Morning Basket Guide and Plan Your Year: Homeschool Planning for Purpose and Peace. She also is the host of three popular  podcasts -- The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast, Your Morning Basket, and The Homeschool Solutions Show. She lives in the Deep South with her husband and three kids, where she is the go-to lady for great curriculum recommendations or a just a pep talk on a rough day.
Pam Barnhill