Organization is essential for making homeschooling run smoothly, saving you time in your day, and helping everyone feel more focused. But where do you start? Here are five tips for upping your organizational game:
1. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel.
What’s your go-to organization tool? Items such as clear plastic storage boxes, magazine dividers, wire or wicker baskets, hanging mail sorters, plastic storage carts, and over-the-door shoe hangers work just as well for organizing books and school supplies as they do for organizing your closets.
2. Give everything a designated place.
Establish a place for each child’s books. Do the same thing for your parent materials and all of the materials your children share. Pick a bookshelf, drawer, or part of a closet for those items to live in their specified containers.
3. Label it all.
After you’ve designated a space for everything, begin labeling! You can do this for each child’s books, papers, and school supplies so that putting everything in its place becomes automatic. Label a folder for each child, and/or use a three-ring binder to keep up with work throughout the year.
4. Color code.
Splashes of color add some liveliness to your space, and it’s easier to differentiate between subjects and children’s work. Even filing cabinets can be color-coded with chalkboard paint and then labeled.
5. Think outside the box.
If you have a very small space or travel often, try putting materials into a rolling suitcase! Use binder rings to hold laminated flashcards together. Turn a cleaning-supplies caddy into a school-supplies caddy. Or try organizing files using a wire dish rack.
Remember, your homeschool space is what you make of it. Your dining room table can function just as well as a gorgeous, dedicated homeschool room as it can for meal times. Find the tools that help you stay organized, or create your own! Just like in homeschooling itself, your organization is all about what works for you.