Organizing Your Homeschool Learning Spaces

I have just released the second installment of our new PDF packet: Homeschool Foundations: Establishing Routines that Work.   This section section is about Organizing Your Homeschool Learning Spaces.  In this section, you will think about your home and how you want it to feel and function.

Scroll down below to read through some quick homeschool organization tips!

When you have the time and energy, you will dive into some of these spaces and start to make sure they are functional for this next year!  With the start of a new school year, it’s time for a fresh look and new systems for keeping things tidy and organized!

Homeschool Organization

This is packet currently free!  Click on the Add to Cart Button or the picture below to download. The link will be sent to you via SendOwl (the automatic delivery service I use).

Note: The automatic email from SendOwl might say something like “Thank you for your purchase” but of course you are paying nothing for this! Just wanted to be clear! If you have any questions feel free to email me!

As I add new sections in the coming weeks, you will receive an update email from Sendowl.

I hope this packet is helpful!  Let me know if you have thoughts, tips and pointers to add!!  ~Liesl

Homeschool Foundations: Establishing Routines that Work

$3.99 $0.00

Homeschooling - Establishing Routines that WorkHere is some of what was discussed in this new section:

Quick Homeschool Organization Tips:

One step at a time! Plan to organize just one area at a time.

Allow Plenty of Time: It is easy to underestimate just how long it will take to pull things out, make decisions, throw them out/file them, clean and reorganize that space.  So, back to the first point – start in just one place!

Ask Good Questions:

  • What purpose does this have in our home or in our homeschool?
  • When will I/we use it next? Should I hold onto it that long?
  • Does it have a logical storage place/home? Will I be able to find it again? There’s not a point in keeping it around if I have to spend hours looking for it a year or two from now.
  • Will we read this in its book form or will we prefer to get it from the library or on Kindle?
  • And of course for clothes, will I wear this ever again? Is it nice enough that someone else would want to wear it?
  • Will someone else be happy to have this? Will it save someone else money if I donate it?

Look for unused spaces: Are there places in your home that have become a catch-all but aren’t being used efficiently?  Is it time to repurpose that space?

Streamline: Make sure that the items you need most often are the easiest to access. The things you use daily should be the easiest to get to.

Make things Easy to Put Away: Keep in mind the height of your kids and make sure they will be able to help keep things tidy!

Store things where you use them: Right now, you live in a homeschooling home.  If you need space near the dining room table for books, make the space! Finding a convenient place for home for things can help reduce the clutter in your house because you increase the likelihood that it gets put away.

Label: Since everyone will be helping to clean up during the school year, take time to label things so others know your organizational strategies. Label the inside edge of a drawer or the inside of a cabinet door so it’s obvious what’s stored where. Label your workboxes. You can even label your office supply area so specific items are always returned to the same spot! Everyone will be able to place things back where they belong if they are clearly labeled!

Have a home for all the things you (and the kids) tend to misplace.

  • Where does your purse go? Where do your keys go?
  • Where do your glasses go?
  • What happens when the kids finish (math/writing/science)? Do they know where to put things when they are done?
  • Don’t put it down – put it AWAY!

Five Minute Clean Up! Set the timer and see how much tidying you can get done in five minutes.

Donate Later: If you are worried you will need things later, place it into a box that says “donate later” with a date.  If you haven’t used those items by that time, donate the box!

Your Homeschool Learning Spaces:

When you have the time and energy, start thinking through the homeschool spaces you will use this next year.

If you have the time to dig deep and get organized, let’s think of your home on a smaller scale. How can you design different spaces in your home to work for your family?

Go through the list of 20 different homeschool spaces on pages 16-19. Take notes along the way thinking about your personality, your kids, and your homeschool needs.

  • Which spaces your family use?
  • How you can design a space that is functional and easy to clean up when you are ready to move on for the day?

Dive in and spend some time creating dynamic learning spaces for your family!

Here are some of the topics we will cover in this new packet.  It is called Homeschool Foundations… because it covers that long list of everyday tasks we have to tackle while also educating our kids.

Homeschool Foundations - Establishing Routines that Work - Rest, Organization, Meal Planning and more

  • The Importance of Rest
  • Making the Most of the Break
  • Home Organization – Using the space we have available well
  • Meals and Meal Planning
  • Daily Routines
  • Energy – Homeschooling without overwhelm
  • Home Routines
  • Calendars & Planners

The second installment has been released… This is a work in progress. As I get each section done, you will get an email from SendOwl (and it will include your download link again).

This is packet currently free!  Click on the Add to Cart Button or the picture below to download. The link will be sent to you via SendOwl (the automatic delivery service I use).

Note: The automatic email from SendOwl might say something like “Thank you for your purchase” but of course you are paying nothing for this! Just wanted to be clear! If you have any questions feel free to email me!

I hope this packet is helpful!  Let me know if you have thoughts, tips and pointers to add!!  ~Liesl

Homeschool Foundations: Establishing Routines that Work

$3.99 $0.00

Homeschooling - Establishing Routines that Work

Enjoy your summer (or winter) break!

~Liesl

Here are some other homeschool resources that might be helpful:

Homeschool Planning for Next Year (Free Planning Pages)

These are some free Homeschool Planning Pages that I use as I try to figure out our long-range homeschooling goals.  This post shares share the process I go through… and also will share the planning pages that I’ve been using the past few years. I like having colorful planning pages to work on. This isn’t really a weekly/monthly planner, but rather a homeschool vision planner. This 30+-page pdf is currently FREE to download! Let me know if it’s helpful! ~Liesl

Free Homeschool Planning Pages

Free Homeschool PlannerHomeschool Goal Setting – Click on the link or picture below:

Homeschool Goal Setting – Free Printable

Homeschool Goal Setting - Free Printables

Free Homeschool Planner (for daily/weekly planning)

And, if you are looking for some printables to create your own Homeschool Planner, you might want to check out our free Homeschool Planner. This unique homeschool planning packet is currently FREE to download! It is nearly 100 pages! Not only does this packet include daily and weekly planning pages, checklists and record keeping pages, but it also includes various homeschool journaling pages… think gratitude journal meets homeschool goal setting! Again, you’ll find it at this post: Free Homeschool Planner and Discovery Journal. I tend to change up my homeschool planning pages regularly as our needs change, so this packet of materials has steadily grown in size! There might be something you can use there! 🙂

Free Homeschool Planner

We also have a half-page booklet style homeschool planner as well. I print the pages out one-sided, fold them in half and bind along the left side. That free printable can be found here: FREE Booklet-Style Homeschool Planner

FREE Homeschool Planner - Half-Page Booklet StyleFree Printable Homeschool Planner Booklet

If you are new to our blog, you might want to check out these free resource guides, which I put together to help answer questions like… Where do I start? How do I know what to teach?  What units did you kids do when they were in __ Grade?

Creating Your Own Homeschool Curriculum: These are some resources I made that might be helpful as you create your own homeschool plans.  These are somewhere between 30 and 50 pages and are FREE to download :

Homeschool Curriculum Kindergarten Grade 1

Homeschool Science Curriculum Grade 2-3

Creating a Homeschool Curriculum Grade 4 Grade 5 - FREE Homeschooling Resource Guide

Homeschool Curriculum Grade 6-8

High School Homeschool Resource Guide - Subjects, Topics of Study - Grades 9-12If you are Transitioning from School to Homeschool, you might want to check out this post which I wrote as COVID-19 started closing schools around the world.

10 Ways to Transition from School to Homeschool Tips & Strategies Free Checklist

Free Homeschool Supply List Printables (including basic supplies, art materials, math manipulatives and science materials you might want to have on hand). Get the free printable at this post.

Homeschool Supplies and Homeschool Science Supply List - Free Printable

See you again soon here or over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page! Don’t forget to Subscribe to our Homeschool Den Newsletter. You might also want to check out some of our resources pages above (such as our Science, Language Arts, or History Units Resource Pages) which have links to dozens of posts.  You might want to join our free Homeschool Den Chat Facebook group.  Don’t forget to check out Our Store as well. :) Homeschool Den StoreAgain, if you are interested in joining our Homeschool Den Newsletter, feel free to subscribe here.

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