Homeschool Organization Solutions
Organizing our homeschool space is one of my favorite parts of the homeschool planning process! Check out Homeschool Organization ideas for other simple ways to organize homeschool supplies!
4 Ways to Organize Homeschool Supplies
Pens, pencils, scissors, glue sticks… it all adds up and it all gets very, very messy!
Clutter absolutely drives me insane.
One of the biggest issues I had to tackle as a homeschool mom was pencils! The darn things seemed like they were everywhere and I was constantly picking them up. Then, my children would claim they couldn’t find any when they needed them next. Go figure!
I started the year out with a single cup of pencils at each child’s desk and that was 100% my biggest problem. My children don’t always do work at their desks. Sometimes it’s the floor, the couch, outside, or the kitchen table. As they move from one location to another, the pencils would get left behind and they would instantly go retrieve a new one.
Thus leaving their cup completely empty, and my house covered in pencils – Something had to give.
The Solution? Multiple supply stations!
First we have our stationary supply caddy, then we have a travel option that includes both pencils & art supplies!
#1 Homeschool Supply Caddies
Using multiple supply caddies, we have easy access to simple homeschool supplies – such as pencils, pens, permanent markers & scissors.
Our main pencil caddy sits near my children’s desks in our homeschool area. While others are utilized in different spaces.
You can find all the caddies we use for organizing homeschool supplies below:
- Wooden Caddy for every day supplies. *The exact caddy we use in our home came from Thirty-One and is sadly no longer available.
- Pencil Cups for individual desks & colored pencils. *I also use a number of these in my personal rolling cart — they hold all my pens & brush markers!
A Simple way to keep your supply caddy fully functioning:
Kids absolutely love little tasks such as sharpening pencils or tossing out old glue sticks.
I typically just pick a child that isn’t already settled in with their work and put them on pencil sharping duty or marker testing for the moment. These tasks are simple and can help keep all your homeschool areas tidy. Plus, you’re keeping broken and worn out supplies at bay!
While I don’t use a chart or anything of that nature for this sort of thing, you totally can!
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#2 Homeschool Art Caddies
We actually have 2 art caddy stations in our home. Each child has an individual traveling art bin & we have a stationary catch all art supply station.
Art caddies are perfect for keeping your child’s art supplies at hands reach!
For our travel ready art bins, we chose a cute fabric caddy. These caddies work perfect as a traveling art supply station for your homeschool. Filling them colored pencils, crayons, makers, glue sticks, and more!
The handle makes them a great option for carrying around from place to place when your kids do their work in different spaces – like my kids do.
Want all the details on how I made ours? Check out Homeschool Art Caddy, where I highlight my 5 year old daughter’s bin specifically!
My boys use theirs as both a homeschool supply station and an art caddy mix. They keep a wonderful mixture of pencils, pens, markers, glue, and scissors in there for easy access.
Definitely a must have organizational tool for the homeschooled kiddo on the go!
This caddy sits in our homeschool room and houses all our extra homeschool art supplies. It’s perfect for our holding al the things you don’t use on a regular basis, but still want easy access too. We keep extra staples, paint sticks, brush markers, and other fun extras in this art station.
#3 Homeschool Pouches
Flash cards making a mess of your homeschool area?
I think it’s pretty safe to say that we have all been there a time or two. From curriculum based flash cards to other random sets we seem to have collected over the years, flash card storage can be a real pain!
I used to rubber band them (once the fancy cardboard boxes had been put out to pasture) and simply tossed them all in a bin to live forever.
It wasn’t really a system, and it never really functioned.
That was my go to option until last year…
We had made a huge overhaul in our homeschool curriculum mid year and our new material came with bonus flash cards that were to be used on a daily basis.
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I absolutely knew I needed a new system for our homeschool flash cards, so I took a deep breathe and began the brainstorming process.
I’m a huge fan of pouches in general, so this was a pretty easy solution for me.
Check out my favorite pouch options for organizing homeschool supplies:
These things are seriously golden when it comes to flash card organization!
We use the large sized zipper pouches for our language arts & geography flash cards that are curriculum based.
Each child has 3 sets in their pouch – a learning, not learned, and a mastered (this is the method our curriculum suggests using – we use The Good and the Beautiful).
For other smaller or random sets of flash cards, we absolutely love the smaller zipper pouches! No rubber banding necessary!
These pouches truly make flash cards a grab and go homeschool activity. Plus, they look great, store easily, and function well! Toss the cards in – organization complete!
Interested in how we use these during our morning time? Check out Homeschool Morning Activity Pouch for all the details on what else we store in our flash card pouches! Plus, get other fun ideas for using zipper pouches in your home!
#4 Homeschool Field Trip Backpack
Last, but certainly not least – the ‘not quite a backpack’, backpack!
This bag is wonderful, you guys!
If I’m being completely open and honest with you all, it’s my absolute favorite backpack of all time! I carry this bag nearly everywhere we go as a homeschool family and now my boys are following suit – carrying their very own!
We love this Bag for homeschool field trips! It’s not quite as bulky as regular back packs and it holds just enough!
Interested in a more detailed look at how we use this bag? Check out Homeschool Field Trip Backpack to see all the reasons I love this bag so incredibly much. Plus, get simple tips on what to pack for your own homeschool field trips!!
Do Homeschool kids Even Need Backpacks?
I’m kinda on the fence.
I mean, my children don’t need a backpack every day – that’s for sure!
However, they do need a backpack from time to time. We do have large ones, which are wonderful for long trips, but they don’t really function for a small trip to the zoo for our bi-weekly science classes.
That’s where this great bag comes in handy!
My older children carry this bag anytime we head out the door! It’s plenty large enough to carry a water bottle, a couple chapter books, their planner (if need be), and possibly a snack or 2.
Love, love, love this bag! It’s a helpful organizing tool for traveling homeschoolers!
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