This year we've been forced to make impossible decisions about our childrens schooling and education. I want to take some of the weight off your shoulders and show you how to create and organize a designated home school station in your home. Many of us do not have extra rooms laying around to transform into a classroom, if you're one of many, this post is for you!
Create & Organize a Home School Station
When I start any project, I like to start with a blank slate. I chose to use our under the stairs closet to create a designated home school station. If you do not have a closet, an empty corner with some shelves, a bookcase, armoire, or even a storage cart will work just fine. Be creative!
After you've found your space collect empty bins, cannisters and/or jars from around your home. This will help you sort and organize supplies. I used bins that I've accumulated over the years, with the exception of the red supply caddies. I purchased those recently at Wal-Mart. If you don't have bins, most big box stores are currently stocked with tons of budget friendly options. You could also repurpose shoe boxes, shipping boxes, etc. Again, be creative!
In the beginning I like to organize supplies by category, once school has begun I'll go back and sort them by subject. Notebooks go in one bin, pencils and erasers in another. Grouping your supplies by category will make them easier to find. You can also label your bins by category or subject as you go. It's important for every thing to be easily accessible and locatable.
Utilize wall space, if you have it, to hang items. These will give you more shelf space for books and supplies. I used velcro to secure the whiteboard, as that will frequently be used. I used a small hook to hang headphones so they will not be thrown in a bin and tangled. When every thing has it's own place, it makes it easier to stay organized in the long run.
I added two bins of toys for down time and creative play during school hours. I chose Play-Doh and magnetic blocks. There's still plenty of shelf space left to add books throughout the school year.
I also repurposed an old laundry cart to create an art cart. These are perfect for storing arts & crafts supplies and easy clean up. I chose age appropriate supplies that go together, and are easily accessible.
I hope you feel ready and prepared to create your own home school station and cannot wait to see all the creative ideas you come up with!