For the first four years that I partially homeschooled, we did our work on the dining room table.   Our dining room had no storage, but I tucked piles of papers, books and supplies into a corner.   I loved the light and the working space at the over-sized table, but the lack of storage and the fact that it is the FIRST thing you see when you enter my house made it less than optimal. Last year we moved homeschooling into the guest room.

It is now a homeschool room.

I love the space and over the next few weeks will share some of my favorite spots. Today, we will start with the absolutely best part…the closet. homeschool room closet organizationOh, how I love the closet. The years of dining room schooling taught me exactly what was on my wishlist and now it exists. homeschool room closet backpack area 1The big rolling backpacks have always been an issue.   I wanted to create a space where the boys could leave them when they returned from school and grab them on the way out the door.   We needed them accessible throughout our homeschooling days.   I left 1/2 of the closet floor available for these three monstrosities and laid down the law that they need to stay there while we are working.   There is enough space above the backpacks that the boys can easily slip things in and out of them without disturbing anything else. homeschool room closet organization wire baskets 2My next goal was to have a spot for random things each boy drags home.   You know…some stuff that needs to go back to school, some stuff that needs to stay home, and some stuff that would require serious creativity to categorize.   These items need a home for a few hours, overnight and sometimes for several weeks.   I needed a place to throw migrant toys, found treasures and pocket contents where I wouldn’t feel the need to dispose of them while their owner still was attached. The solution was an Elfa Storage unit that is free-standing with 4 wire baskets.   The top basket is shallow and perfect for miscellaneous school supplies like paper clips and rubber bands that freely roam the earth.   Then each boy has a deep basket labeled with their name.   They are free to put ANYTHING in there and encouraged to do so. homeschool room closet crates with supplies 3Because I converted a conventional closet space, I had floorspace in one of the corners that was tucked behind the wire baskets.   It is not easily accessible without pulling out the unit.   I stacked 4 plastic milk crates in that area that are filled with extra folders, spiral notebooks, computer paper, drawing pads, and 3-ring binders. homeschool room closet resource shelfThe shelves were also configured with Elfa.   I did the basic closet design online with The Container Store and found that it wasn’t as expensive as I expected especially with the yearly sale they have each January.   Part of the installation cost included removing the existing closet shelf and hanging bar so that it was a clean slate to dream up what would work the best. I selected a deeper shelf for the bottom shelf that could accommodate the GIANT 3-ring binders that grow as the school year progresses holding all things done and to come along with resource books like the boys’ Bibles, Dictionary and Story of the World texts. homeschool room closet kindergarten activities 5Above are three standard depth shelves.   The lower one is the home for extra Kindergartner activities.   I have found that the workload in Kindergarten is light and Rhett will be done with his work HOURS before the other boys.   By finding him “enrichment” activities (hopefully things he can do on his own), it saves me from having to entertain. homeschool room books for each grade 6To the right of the Kindergarten activities are three areas for current books.   Each is labeled by grade and has enough room to add things as needed. homeschool room teacher key area 7The next higher shelf has a teacher area.   This is where I keep the teacher keys and homeschooling resources for my reference.   It is above the boys’ reach…and they know better than to pull out a chair anywhere in the vicinity of this side of the closet!   There are also some smaller supplies stored in clear shoe boxes like post-it notes and the million 3×5 cards that we will use during the year. homeschool room closet math manipulatives 8Also stored in the clear shoe boxes are the math center activities like cubes, wrap-ups, flash cards, coins, beads, string, and a cardboard clock.   I like to keep these things where they come out into the room one at a time on my recommendation.   Otherwise the floor space turns into math manipulative soup. homeschool room closet shelf of old books 9The top shelf contains all the books from years past that are being saved for hand-me-downs to younger boys.   I also create a 2 inch 3-ring binder for each year they have completed that consists of a sampling of that year’s work in addition to any art and writing they finished. Being organized has decreased my stress level on homeschooling days significantly and it is a blessing to have a separate homeschool room.

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  1. I would have loved this idea two weeks ago when I thought we were moving our homeschool from the dinning room to the extra rooms in the basement. Then one phone call from Married Son and His Wife changed that. They need a place to land while they move here from the far off land of Alabama. 🙂 So basement schoolroom on hopld but I’m pinning the idea for future (hopefully not too far off) use!

  2. Love this and came just when I was re organizing our closet, funny we had some of the same ideas, not sure how big your closet was I think ours is a bit smaller but was happy to see that you too have a Saint. Ours is named Princess Goliath and will be 5 years old in December.

  3. Visiting from House of Hepworths. Thanks for sharing this great system. I don’t homeschool but I do have a home daycare with preschool programs and this is very inspiring for me to organize my things.

    More Than A Mom

  4. I totally love this! My homeschool supplies pretty much end up all over the house. I am pinning this one as a goal for what I want my homeschool supplies to look like!

  5. I started homeschooling and then ran out of steam when we added a very active baby girl to our nest. So now my son goes to school btu I can’t even organize his bookshelf right without somebody pulling books down on a daily basis. Fantastic job.

  6. I think I am going to create this in the coat closet next to the door! this way everything will be there when they need it on the way out! And a easy put away on the way in!

    a latte of blessings & giggles,