Homeschooling for the first time is tough, especially if you live in a tiny home or apartment. So we’ve put together some of the best homeschool organization ideas for small spaces.
Our family lives in a relatively small home, and we’re homeschooling our children without a designated schoolroom. In addition to figuring out curriculum, we’ve struggled a bit with not having a spot to put all the supplies that are needed for homeschooling.
We decided to transform our hall closet into our homeschool closet! And we are excited to share with you guys the breakdown of what homeschool organization supplies we used. We hope to inspire you to see the possibilities in your small homeschool space too!
Homeschool Organization Ideas for Small Spaces
How Do I Set Up My Very Own Homeschool Closet?
There are tons of homeschool organization ideas, but there aren’t nearly as many for those of us who have the added challenge of living in a small home.
When you’re teaching your kids at home and your space is limited, essentially any and all areas are “homeschooling areas.” The best homeschool organization ideas for small spaces really revolve around carving out a space that may be currently used for something else.
Step 1: Find your homeschool storage space.
You’ll notice from the picture that we had been using this small hall closet as a toy closet for the kids. It housed all of their puzzles, bulky toys, craft supplies, etc. And you can see that it was a mess!
So, the first step is to figure out where your homeschool supplies will be kept. We converted a hall closet into our homeschool storage space and will use our dining room table as our learning spot.
Some homeschool small space ideas would be to convert a playroom, closet, entryway, basement, or foyer.
Step 2: Get to cleaning!
So, the next step is simple: get to cleaning! Move out all of that old stuff, so that you can make room for the new. It can be really difficult to rework an old space that served one purpose into a new space for something else. The thing to keep in mind is that your child can have a great education at home no matter the square-footage. You don’t need all the fancy fixings of a Pinterest-worthy classroom to make learning at home a reality!
Step 3: Add shelving or storage units.
Now that your homeschool space is clean, it’s time to start adding some storage solutions. For the most part, you’ll need to store books, papers, and supplies such as markers, crayons, and math manipulatives.
In addition to upright holders for books and little cubes for small, loose items, we recommend a number of medium to large size bins to accommodate bulkier things.
Here’s a rundown of storage solutions we used for our homeschool closet:
- Small Clear Flip Top Storage Box
- Wireframe Shelving Unit
- Large Book Bins
- Sterilite Mini 3 Drawer Organizer
- Large Storage Bins
- School Supply Caddy
- Fabric Storage Organizer
- Wall Calendar
Don’t miss our complete list of 61 Must Have Homeschooling Supplies!
Step 5: Add labels to stay organized.
Getting your homeschool supplies organized into the proper bins and storage units is a fantastic start. Once you’ve don’t that, it’s time to think about labeling. You could use pre-made labels and write on them with a marker.
There’s a lot that goes into creating a functional homeschooling space, but we hope you’ve been inspired to roll up your sleeves and get to cracking on your own organization project.
If you need an additional homeschool organization ideas for small spaces, drop us a line in the comment section below.
How do I organize my homeschool in a small room?
Ideally, look for any aspect of your current living space to see if it can be utilized and transformed into your homeschool space. Such as, in our case, we transformed our hall closet. You may have a built-in bookshelf, kitchen cabinet, basement corner, etc! Invest in a rolling cart, hanging file folders, a file cabinet, or any additional shelving to store your necessities.
What should I put in my homeschooling room?
The main items in a homeschool small space to have are curriculum books, additional reference books, paper, writing supplies, arts & crafts supplies, learning manipulatives, a whiteboard or chalkboard, and file folders.
Go grab our Must Have Homeschool Supply list!
How do you homeschool on a tight budget?
One of the biggest rules with this is not to get caught up in purchasing what everyone else is purchasing! There are TONS of amazing products and programs out there now that it can be overwhelming. Sometimes less is more when it comes to homeschooling. Do your research before you purchase a program. Seek out free curriculum and free resources on sites such as Teachers Pay Teachers! Check out books from the library instead of purchasing them. If you do want to purchase a book, consider opting for a bargain site such as Thrift Books.
Homeschool organization ideas for small spaces can absolutely be tricky when you just don’t know where to start. I hope this article inspired you to transform your own small space into something practical for your family!
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Krystle Cowdrey says
Love your ideas. I have a great tip to add for budget friendly curricula I buy used books also on Amazon and eBay as well. Sometimes there is extras included like math manipulative that save time and money. Then get workbooks new from the company or type copy them and use white paper to cover answers to questions to save even more $ if workbooks are not in budget.
Oh my goodness, the white paper hack is GENIUS! Thank you for that great tip!