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Organizing Homeschool Books

Last week, the last of our core home school books arrived! It was kind of like Christmas. My daughter and I tore open the box. We couldn’t wait to have the first look through the books. It was a little sneak peak at what this year will hold. But, after the excitement died down, I was left with a stack of books. What now?

I didn’t want to put them on the book shelf with the other menagerie of texts and novels and workbooks. I didn’t want them in a stack in the kitchen. There are only a few weeks until school actually starts, so I decided to get organized and ready to go.

Getting Organized

First, I gathered all the core books and notebooks that we will start out with this fall. I’m sure there will be more along the way, but I started with just the basics. Next, I grabbed my daughter’s pencil box that contains pens, pencils, colored pencils, glue sticks and various other treasures that may or may not come in handy. I laid all this out on the floor to take inventory.

Putting It All Together

We don’t really have a designated home school area. While a lot of work is done at the kitchen table, my daughter also likes to curl up in my big chair in the living room or work at her desk in her room. So, we need our books to be portable and accessible – and easily concealed. This is what we’ve come up with.

Yes. It’s a large milk crate. It was like $4 at Walmart. And, it holds the 4th grade perfectly! We can move it anywhere we want and it can be stashed in a closet or behind my chair.

I love easy, uncomplicated organization. Getting your stuff together doesn’t have to be hard!

How do your organize home school?  or homework?

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About Marci


Marci has a passion for helping people get the busyness and clutter out of their lives so that they can slow down and enjoy what is really important. She is proud mama to an 11 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. Head over to Marci's blog Overcoming Busy to read more about how she cuts the clutter and gets organized! You can, also, find Marci blogging about homeschool science at The Homeschool Scientist.

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  • http://dutifuldad.blogspot.com/ Lance

    My wife homeschools so I can totally appreciate both the “Christmas” and the “stack o’ books feeling” ;) One thing she asked for me to do this year was build some roll out shelves/drawers that could hold about 30-40 shoe box sized clear plastic totes. We got the totes for $0.99 at the Organization Store. (A strange fantasy land for obsessive organizers like myself.) And then I built the drawers out of hardwood plywood. (A sheet costs about $30 at the Lowes and is finished for painting on one side.) And drawer rollers. ($6 per set at Lowes.) Now she has four pullout drawers, in our hall closet, with totes that can be removed and replaced for things like pens, pencils and other homeschool supplies, and I have a happy wife. Well worth an afternoon’s worth of work ;)

  • Kat in CA

    Sorry I’m new to the HTML codes. I meant to say that I looked up the Art Treasury book….

  • Kat in CA

    I have 4th grader this year too. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing the titles of those books. I looked up the and it is in my Amazon Shopping cart. :)

  • http://www.lifewithcountryboys.blogspot.com Lacey

    I\’m so excited to have read this… and all the posts I can find regarding homeschooling! We are going to start homeschool for my son this fall and I\’m both nervous and excited… LOVE all the info and insight I\’ve found here! Thank you!

  • http://www.theblessingcounter.blogspot.com Carol

    Our last shipment of homeschool books came yesterday…and I will be organizing tomorrow. For now, I have a little bookshelf to hold their books — but we are trying a curriculum with LOTS of books this Fall and I am short of space….love your solution (and your site!)!

  • http://madabella.typepad.com Melissa | Madabella: made beautiful

    just found your site and can’t WAIT to come back for more. so much inspiration here.

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