According to the Not Back-To-School Blog hop calendar, this is the week we share our homeschool spaces! I was really hoping I’d have all my stuff organized and pretty to show off, but of course, I do not. I have made progress though.
Remember this picture? I shared this picture of my homeschool room mess. It happens at the end of every year when I’m trying to tie up all the loose ends and curriculum projects. Ok, it can happen in the middle of the year too.
See, it’s slightly cleaner. 🙂 The white table has mostly organizers on it, which will be cleared off this week. Many of the items that aren’t put away are waiting for their new home once I make it to IKEA. I will be getting another bookcase and some other organizational helps.
This year I set up 3 computer stations in our room. Last year the kids were able to work in various places around the house. That didn’t work very well. Certain children couldn’t stay on task. The older kids can work in here, and if they need more space to spread out, they can work at the white table (once I get it cleaned off.)
Under each desk is a crate. Each child is color-coded so that I can keep everything straight. We are using these crates as modified workbox systems.
This is the space that I have been working on. This was a bedroom. We set up some bunk-beds and moved certain children together and now I have a preschool room! I painted everything and am working on getting things set up in here. Next week the closet will have a built in desk (which will most likely be used by one of my older children and for projects.) The fabric wall is a bulletin board. I stapled grey sheets over it (it was ugly brown.) The pink lamp will go and most of the accents will be white, mustard, and neutral colors.
The other half of the room will be my little girls’ play space. I still have things to set up and organize, but right now they have all their play kitchen supplies stored in that white bookshelf. Right at the bottom of the picture are two grey ottomans. One stores doll clothes and the other stores play clothes.
So this is a glimpse of my homeschool room(s) in progress. I really can’t wait to get it organized and put together how I’d like. This most likely will be a year-long project, but I will post updates when I have something cool to share.
What is one tip that you could give me for keeping a room organized during the year?
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I love this Maureen because it’s real! You know our school rooms were a disaster before I took pictures today, and they will most likely get messy before Wednesday. We do a weekly clean-up for most things, but I will say, I’m the guilty one who tends to stash projects all over the place! I love that you will have a preschool room! Looks like the colors you choose will be very soothing too. Can’t wait to see it all finished!
It looks like you’re off to a great start on your room project! You have a great space!
You are the best Maureen. It’s that pile and the spread that tends to get me overwhelmed in the organizing. It sure is WORK to go through it all but sure worth it. I love so much about this. Your computer desks. Your color coded crates under the desks – and a preschool room! Such thought and so practical.
LOVE the computer stations and the modified work boxes…using what you have….that’s my motto!!
Karin Katherine says
I LOVE that you showed the messy room…I should take a page out of your book. I didn’t finish with my spaces…and so I’m missing photos in my current post.
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Love it. Mine looks like that after the first week of school. I look at it for two months, clean it up, take new pictures and then repeat.
Marks of a true creative family–so much to choose from, so hard to choose!
Your work in progress look fabulous! I love the computer work stations.
A place for everything!! It took us a while to get there but now that everything has a place, it is so much easier to keep it cleaned up and organized!! Can’t wait to see the finished product! 🙂
Heidi @ Home Schoolroom says
I absolutely love the first in-progress photo! It’s great to see I’m not alone in my ability to make the house look like a tornado passed by. It’s easy to see that it will be wonderful in the end, Maureen. I love the wall of bookshelves with a pretty accent color! Color coding the supplies for the kids is a great idea, too!
I wish I had a great tip for staying organized. I tend to do a big clean-up and organization but it doesn’t take long for daily messes to catch up with us. I try to hide them temporarily with baskets!
I love the wall of computers.
Eddie - The Usual Mayhem says
Thank you feel showing a real room. In our house it’s the dining room table that takes the hit every time, since we do a lot of our seat work there. I’m loving the computer workstations you’ve set up!
To keep organized, the only thing I can suggest is to remind them to put everything in its home as soon as they’re done with it…although take this advice with a grain of salt because in our house it works for everything EXCEPT school stuff- because sometimes the school stuff is a work-in-progress and can’t be shelved or containerized.
Patty Rose says
I love that you are in process! I always feel like I am too! One thing I do is work for 15 minute intervals during a day. I pick a room (or area of the room) and set my timer for 15 minutes and work like crazy. When it goes off, I take a 45 minute break to do something else ~ then back at it. Of course, it may take more than one day, but I don’t get overwhelmed with my task. Hope that helps!
I love you even more, now that I know you color code your kids as well. 🙂
Ashley Sanford says
I love that picture of the mess! Love it, because that is life right? LOL
I also love the color on the bottom of the wall in pics 5 & 6. Nice! Happy Homeschooling!
Colleen - Sunrise Learning Lab says
Like that yours is a work in progress, as ours is too!
Enjoyed seeing how you are getting organized though…
You asked for a tip for organizing and mine would be to re-purpose and label containers that you already have loads of to fit in your drawers. We used Lemi-Fresh containers…they fit perfectly and now, just have to label them!
Popped over from Sunrise Learning Lab to see your Week 2 – School Room Tour post that you linked up with the iHomeschool Network’s Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop.
Have a wonderful homeschool year!
What great colors – you have a wonderful space for your time together learning! Have a great year!