Homeschool and Playroom Organization {An Overview}

Last week I shared with you our preschool curriculum for our first official year of homeschooling.  This week I will share with you where we school, where we play and how we organize it all!

There are a good amount of pictures, so I am not going to go into specific detail in this post.  This post is more like an overview of it all.  However, later in the week I will be sharing each part of our school and play area in detail so stay tuned! :)

 

Now remember, I have three little girls under age 4 and come January I will FOUR little girls age four and under.  So all of these areas you see here get lots of use!

The pictures above and below are from our playroom and is where we spend most of our time and most of our educational materials and toys are stored in here.

  

We garage sale so almost all of our toys and learning materials are bought very cheaply.  I try to buy only what we will use now or in the upcoming year or two.  And I try to keep it educational or skill focused.  I also purge often throughout the year, selling at consignment sales or donating.  This keeps the room and closet from bursting at the seams.

I love that everything has it’s place because it makes clean up very easy!

Our playroom and closet will get it’s very own detailed follow-up post in a day or two, so check back! :)

updateClick here to check out more of our playroom!

updateClick here to check out more of our “mommy only” storage closet!

Next is where we store all of our arts and crafts materials.  I’ve accumulated quite a bit and it took me a while to figure out how to organize it all!  After several trips to the Dollar Tree, here is what it looks like…

  

This is the verse that hangs on the outside of the cabinet.  Around the corner from the cabinet is this nifty little storage piece that houses our construction paper, writing paper and dollar store workbooks for the girls to grab at will. :)

  

To the right of our arts and crafts cabinet is an area where we store our preschool and tot school items we use often – little table and chairs, Melissa & Doug easel in the background, cubbies packed with scrap paper, flashcards, listening center materials, different kinds of magnets and stamps, audio books on CD, musical CD’s, CD player, art caddy, pointers, etc.  I will share this area more in detail later in the week!

Moving clockwise, to the right of our cubbies is our extra long IKEA table picked up in the “As-Is” section.  A bench lines the back wall and is a favorite spot of the girls.  Our paper roll and Staples desk organizer are off to the far right corner of the table.  This table is where we do a majority of our school activities and learning, as well lots of impromptu coloring and working on puzzles!

In the corner, we have our calendar set up with our We Choose Virtues posters.  The girls’ lap desks are stored here (and obviously put away by one of the girls!), as well as our ABC books.  I think I am going to use this spot to store our library books, though.  We also store our Raising Rock Stars Preschool board here. We haven’t started school yet so it all isn’t quite ready yet.

  

To the right of this area, I have my office, craft, miscellaneous storage area.  The bookcases and desk are from IKEA and fit perfectly in this space!  The girls play on the computer here and I keep a lot of my “teacher” materials here.  I will share this space in more detail later in the week, too.

And last but not least, we come almost full circle of the room, to the left of the arts and craft cabinet and to the right of my teacher area is our take on the workbox system.  I was given this cubby cabinet and not really sure what to do with it.  I found some dish pans from the Dollar Tree that fit perfectly, made them all pretty and decided to use them as the girls’ workboxes for preschool and tot school.  Brylee has the four on the left, Cambria has the four on the right and Hayleigh has the two on the bottom.  I am still hunting down two last dish pans to make the space unified but ah well.  Hopefully I will be able to share in the coming weeks how this system is working for us!

  

Check out our Homeschool & Playroom board on Pinterest for more ideas!

 

Hope you have enjoyed the tour!  The areas pictured above will be shared in more detail later in the week, so make sure to come back and check it out!

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18 Responses to Homeschool and Playroom Organization {An Overview}

  1. Kathy says:

    Wow! Looks great. I like this dish tubs…you could always use that for books too! Love all the shelf storage too. Thanks for sharing with me on Cornerstone Confessions. Makes me now wish I had some “mommy only” storage too!

    Kathy

    • Carolyn says:

      That’s a great idea about using the tubs for book bins! Now I just have to wait for the Dollar Tree to restock them again! They haven’t had them for awhile. I wish I had gotten more when they had them. Ah well, I am not quite sure where we would put them yet. I was thinking that I would clear off the rest of the bookshelves and put them on there. I think that would look great and give me the extra storage I need. Hmm, maybe I’ll work on that today! I’m always reorganizing. :)

  2. Sarah says:

    Oh so many wonderful toys! I love the “Mommy Only” closet. I’ve been wanting to try the workbox system and I like how yours is set up. I’ll be checking back to see your other posts about the room!

    • Carolyn says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Sarah! I have all the pictures ready to go for the other posts, now I just need the extra time to really sit down and write the pots. :)

  3. Ashley says:

    You are amazing! Your girls are so lucky to have such a great mom! It all looks so wonderful. Hope the new baby girl in the “oven” is treating you well :)

    • Carolyn says:

      Aw, thanks, Ashley. I really try but sometimes I get too consumed by the organizing that I get easily frustrated. So I often just give up and play with them. Or let them make a mess and try not to care. :) It definitely is harder to do projects around the house because it has to be done little by little. Little Jordyn is doing well in the belly. Pretty quiet during the day and active at night when I am lying down. Of course! ;)

  4. Cristy says:

    I am in awe over your organization. My two year old “unpacks” everything. Sigh :)

    • Carolyn says:

      Thank you, Cristy! It has taken me such a long time to get this way, though. A looooong time! lol. :) And it has also taken lots of training to keep the girls out of certain things. Now that the older ones are almost 3 and 4 it has gotten better. The 15 month old is really starting to get into stuff but she sees the girls cleaning up and putting away, so she actually has gotten pretty good at it too. We do have our days though where it seems like the whole house has exploded. It takes a long time and lots of energy to get it all put away but that’s why I am glad that now everything has a place. It makes clean up a lot easier!

  5. I love how you made ugly dish basins into cute and FUNctional storage! Great idea!

    • Carolyn says:

      Thanks, Jenni!! It took me such a stinking long time to figure out how to make them look cute! This area is smack dab in the middle of my house so I really wanted to make them look somewhat good. I really do love how they turned out. I just need to find two more now! :)

  6. Leslie says:

    Wow, your spaces are a homeschooler’s dream!! I can’t decide which is my favorite- the workboxes or the mommy storage closet! I love it all! Have a great year!

    • Carolyn says:

      Leslie, such a very sweet thing to say! Thank you! I don’t think I would ever think of that but when I look at how much it has progressed and really come together, I will agree that the organization is pretty dreamy! :) It was frustrating at times not knowing what to do with certain things or having a vision in my head but I couldn’t make it happen. But I am very thankful for God giving me those lightbulb “aha!” moments and bringing some thrifty treasures my way!!

  7. What wonderfully organized spaces! I love how coordinated the storage pieces are, yet they didn’t cost you a fortune. My favorite: the dish pans! Very clever.

    • Carolyn says:

      Thank you, Heidi! Sometimes I wish I could go out and buy nice, matching cabinets and storage pieces. But I have had fun getting creative, using what we have and bargain hunting. I think the dish pans are my favorite now too, which is kind of funny because I couldn’t stand looking at them when they were plain! lol! :)

  8. So organized! Of course, I imagine, with three little girls, it can feel like organized chaos. ;)

    I’m glad to have come across your blog. It’s definitely one I’m drawn to {making and managing home with purpose}. I write along the same lines over at Domestic Bliss Diaries. Would love to have you stop by and check it out: http://www.domesticblissdiaries.com. Let me know what you think.

    P.S. Stopping by from Women Living Well.

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