Taming the Chaos ~ Crayons in the China Cabinet

“Necessity is the mother of invention” -Plato

Perhaps Plato knew a homeschool mom. Our job description requires a phenomenal amount of adaptability as we juggle various ages, learning styles, and schedules. This same knack for invention is a necessity when organizing our schoolroom or “school space”.

Rooms in the homeschool household frequently multi-task. If your school area doubles as a kitchen, dining room, family room, or bedroom, then storing supplies requires extra ingenuity.

For livingroom-schooling, the big antique trunk might store text books. Under-bed storage boxes can slide inconspicuously under a couch, while the magazine rack holds folders with each child’s assignment sheets.

My kitchen-schooling friend ditched some unused gadgets to claim a kitchen cabinet for play-dough, paint brushes, watercolors and glue. Benches in her breakfast nook store texts and notebooks.

Homeschool blogger, Melhki shares a homeschool-friendly  china cabinet transformation to create storage for school supplies! Step into her lovely diningroom/school area and see her beautiful and brilliant solution for chaos taming.

Less creative than Melhiki or my kitchen schooling friend, we converted our family room into a “study.” Shelves high on the walls help utilize out-of the-way space, and an oversized basket atop the armoire contains crayons and colored pencils.

What areas of necessity need a little invention as you seek to store the crayons, workbooks, flash cards, and assorted supplies?

(This article was also published in my Taming The Chaos column on the HSB Company Blog)


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