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Our homeschool room is organized and functional from the inside out. If you’re looking for homeschool room organization ideas, read my 9 best tips below for organizing a productive homeschool room, office, or any creative space for your family.

overview of homeschool room with round table in the center of the room with storage cabinets installed along the wall

For the last 5 months, I’ve learned a lot about homeschool room organization. Really what it comes down to is making the space as functional as possible, especially for the kids!

As a family, we worked together to figure out what would work best for us… without me going crazy over the mess that school supplies can be!

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9 Homeschool Room Organization Tips

I’m excited to share our space for your family to learn and create—whether or not you are homeschooling! Either way, I truly hope you come away with ideas for your own homeschool organization ideas or home office space.

Let’s dig right into each storage space in our homeschool room. These are my 9 best tips for making a small homeschool room work for you.

1) Keep the most used items at kid-level

These IKEA Havsta cabinets are tall, but I have kept their most used items down at everyone’s level for easy access.

lower storage cabinets showing file organizers filled with paper, notebooks, and binders

In this deeper lower cabinet, I have all their school workbooks and curriculum kept nicely inside these paper organizers.

The kids also need easy access to all the art and craft supplies, so I keep those in another lower cabinet so every age can reach them.

multiple containers with a label on each one indicating which office supplies they are storing

2) Label everything you can

I have labeled each child’s name in their own sections. When you have four kids at different learning levels, this is the way to go!

In addition, I labeled each subject and made it clear for them to know where their math books, their language arts books, and their other learning books are.

labels placed on file organizers

I use this little handheld label maker. It comes in handy!

I find that keeping similar items in their labeled boxes or containers makes it easy for them to grab, go and clean up. To make this easier, I purchased these storage containers.

blue plastic container is pulled out of a storage shelf, revealing colored pencils inside

If you hope to keep everything in its proper place, labeling is a must!

desk drawer is opened to show three containers organizing paper scissors, sewing shears, and sewing needles

3) Get creative with all your surface spaces

If your homeschool room is small, then you really should utilize every surface area that you can.

Inside this hard-working cupboard, I also utilized the inside of the doors by adding some simple command hooks and dry erase pockets.

Command hooks are holding up printed checklists, which is hanging inside the door of a storage cabinet

This is where we hang their morning and daily school checklists in these clear sleeves that wipe off dry erase markers easily.

Using shelf risers also maximizes space so you can stack bins without actually having them on top of each other.

4) Use up the available bins and organizers you have already around your home

Not all your organizing bins need to coordinate and match. I looked around my home for what I already had and mixed them around for better organization inside the cabinets.

Havsta storage cabinet is installed along wall behind a round table in a homeschool room

This cool vintage bin keeps our envelopes and card-making supplies.

storage containers within a storage cabinet that contain school and office supplies

I have a little reward system and they can choose some simple prizes from this basket I have stored on the top shelf.

vintage bin holding kids toys

I have one daughter getting really into art and we have stored her sketching and watercolor supplies in these leftover bins here.

blue storage containers are labeled with homeschool supplies

As wonderful as a perfectly coordinated cupboard is, sometimes it is best to use what you have and make it work!

5) Fill the space with the books you most want them to read for learning and growth

I keep a selection of books right inside our homeschool room. I wanted to keep the books that support learning or character development right inside this room as an encouragement for them to grab and read, especially during school times.

storage cabinet is open and revealing that one shelf is filled with educational books

A lot of these are republished books from the Good and the Beautiful (I talked more about that in my post all about how we homeschool). I know they are clean, kid-friendly, level-appropriate as well as very educational.

6) Avoid creating spots where they can stack items on top of each other

If at all possible, use paper dividers, compartment storage, and shelf risers to avoid having items stack and pile on top of each other.

I have another paper divider for some how-to-draw books and other creative learning books for them to grab. This is so much easier to keep clean and organized with the paper dividers.

lower storage cabinet shows workbooks for typing and drawing are stored in a stacked file organizer

Paper organizers with drawers come in handy to separate types of paper they can grab for all their projects.

lower storage cabinet shows organizers for cardstocks and printed papers

We go through a lot of paper now that we are homeschooling. They are always drawing, writing, and folding paper in their free time.

7) Designate areas for their function

We have two desks in our home schoolroom. One is mainly for computer and study work and holds the supplies that support that.

desk drawer is opened to reveal dry erase markers, permanent markers, rulers, and other school supplies separated in plastic containers
desk drawer is opened to reveal calculator, tape, and other school supplies

Completed art projects or school work we want to keep, stores nicely inside these file folders labeled with their names on them.

desk drawer is opened to reveal file folders

There is a nice big cabinet for our group study lessons and for the math boxes they use here. They are stored right where we need them at this desk.

desk cupboard is opened to show the school workbooks that are stored inside

The other desk is designated as the sewing desk.

desk drawer is opened to show three containers organizing paper scissors, sewing shears, and sewing needles

I wanted sewing to be more convenient and accessible for all of us because I love to sew! I want my kids to learn from me this summer and if it is too big of a pain to get it all out, we just don’t sew.

desk cupboard is opened to show that a sewing machine is being stored inside

So I have the machine tucked away in this big cabinet so it is super easy to pull out and all the other drawers hold our main sewing supplies.

two desk drawers are opened to reveal the sewing supplies stored inside

When we are not involved in a sewing project, this desk is empty for them to use and study at, which works great. Ideally, I would have an entire sewing room, but I don’t think that is ideal for any home so we learn to make it work as best as we can.

8) Combine similar items into one area

While most of this space is mainly for the kids, I have combined an area for my things.

storage cabinet holding business supplies

This section of upper cabinets holds a lot of the products I need to promote and grow my TIDBITS Planners business and my TIDBITS Linen business, as well as my TIDBITS blog business. It’s just all nicely in here for quick reference and planning as needed.

storage cabinet holding business supplies

I keep my gear and the printer tucked away in the lower cabinets that hold all of my needed supplies for work.

9) Provide room to grow

For any space, you will likely need to acquire more and if you fill every space to the brim, it gets really hard to find a place for new items.

storage IKEA cabinet is filled with school supplies

I’ve left quite a bit of wiggle room in this cabinet for when we gather more school supplies. It will be easy to rearrange and add more to it.

Well, that is basically all we have in this space. I sure appreciate you for taking a look at our homeschool room organization ideas. I would love to hear your own organizing ideas in the comments below!

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  1. This is such a wonderful Homeschool room!!! PLEASE let women know that you don’t have to have such a fantastic room to Homeschool really well!!! We homeschooled our son through elementary school and High School. He went to college and got his Master’s Degree. We homeschooled at our kitchen table with a dry erase board and our books. We also used a CD player for High School. You can do it with less when needed!!! Home Schooling was the best decision we ever made for our son who has Ausburger’s!!!

  2. Brilliant!!! I am a messy unorganised person who has high hopes of having an an organised home. Your ideas are brilliant (as I said before). I am embarking on a project to write my family histories, Mum’s, Dad’s and husband’s. Each one is to be separate with photos, newspaper clippings, family history as far back as several centuries. So far I have boxes full of stuff, scraps of paper here there and everywhere…………. Do you think I need to organise things? Hahaha!!!!

  3. Lovely and well organized! After this statement I stopped reading: “I would have an entire sewing room, but I don’t think that is ideal for any home so we learn to make it work as best as we can.” WOW! That’s a bold assumption for all homes. As as sewist for more that 50 years, having a whole room is a must, not a luxury. Sometimes the creative process is messy and you need to leave things out to get the juices flowing to problem solve. If it’s the mess bothers you close the door! I’ve had to carve out spaces in a hallway, in a dreary basement, but the best is having the ability to go to that room and create. I find I’m more productive when the machine is out and I can go in the room and create!

    1. Thank yo Cyndi! Sorry for my bold assumption. I suppose I dream of having a room just as you detailed. I would sew so much more! Forgive me for speaking just to my reality. Happy sewing!

  4. I confess to not being very organized. I try but I get in the middle of painting and other art things and poof! Instant mess. Lol. I’m going to try to get things organized after the art show I am in – things are out of control! I am taking notes from your post. I need someone like you to come in and tell me what to do. 😉
    Hugs, Cecilia

    1. Haha! It is the curse of the creatives. I will admit I get organized very well, but it can quickly become chaos again. I try to out-think myself and make it a little more fool proof to mess up. You got this Cecilia! But embrace the mess until the art show .