Six Tools to Organize Your Homeschool Room

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 Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

 

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 to Organize Your Homeschool Room Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

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 to Organize Your Homeschool Room Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

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 to Organize Your Homeschool Room Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

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 to Organize Your Homeschool Room Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

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 to Organize Your Homeschool Room Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

Baskets!

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 to Organize Your Homeschool Room Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

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!

Buckets

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 to Organize Your Homeschool Room Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

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 to Organize Your Homeschool Room Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

 What are your favorite tools for organizing your homeschool room?

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  • Love clear containers for storing manipulatives! You are right, not only is it easy to find what you want, but it adds a bit of color to the room, too!

  • Love the ideas you share here. Especially the glass jars. I need to do this in some areas of our house to make things easier to find.

  • Alli says:

    I absolutely love your ideas Pam. Especially the diaper caddy idea. I have a couple baskets that I love, but they’re an odd shape and make storing items in them a little difficult. I think I might try making a liner with pockets for them to see if I can make better use out of them.

  • Clare says:

    Love these ideas – especially those glass jars. Now when we get through so many jars of bramble jam each week I can save them instead of recycling them!

  • Anna says:

    We don’t have a home school room but I can use these tips on our playroom, it really needs a clear out and some reorganisation

  • Marie says:

    Seems like everyone loves the glass jars as much as I do. We buy bulk foods and store them in glass jars in our kitchen. Always beautiful!

    • Liz Larkin says:

      I also use medium to small sized pretty vases to store our colored pencils, paint brushes, and even the Crayola Twistables. It makes them easy to use and pretty to store!

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  • Aimee says:

    Can you get ALL the cards from one AAR or AAS level in one box? An index card box won’t hold all the cards in one level, so I am looking for something that will.

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Yes! Actually one box is too big for one level so I had two levels in a box until I needed to split them for different kids. Now I keep a cut off paper towel roll in the back to fill the empty space (fancy I know).

      • Aimee says:

        Thank you! That helps a lot. I have to do something to organize these cards better because, between the reading and spelling, I have 4 children using them! I am so frustrated with hunting for cards I need because they don’t fit in one index box. Or I find a stray card and can’t figure out where it goes–in a box or in the file cabinet?

  • My goodness, the magazine holders are simply GENIUS for holding those picture books! It honestly is so hard to store picture books without a chaotic mess, but this just looks perfect, especially when sorted by topic! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  • Newbie here says:

    Where do you find your glass jars?

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