Homeschool Organization Ideas

by | Aug 2, 2018 | Homeschool Organization

Last Updated Jan 31, 2024

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The Importance of Homeschool Organization

Homeschool organization is essential.

Without proper organization, your daily progress will suffer. Then, before you know it, days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months, and homeschooling the kids has become nothing more than a chaotic mess!

Think about it.

If you’re constantly spending time looking around for specific supplies, the homeschool day will lag on and frustrations will rise.

Tasks will begin piling up, leaving you feeling completely overwhelmed in the process — not to mention getting absolutely nothing productive accomplished!

This is why I considered homeschool organization the key to my success.

Super Simple Homeschool Organization for Every Room in the House

If you take the time to plan things out and get organized in advance, your homeschool will run smoother – plain and simple.

Tackling the mess and finding a good system for your homeschool may sound like a daunting task at first, but it is so worth the effort, you guys!

It took our family a good two years to find our flow and figure out the best organizational system that was right for us.

While our method isn’t perfect, when I’m consistent, it totally works!

If you are ready to tackle the organization problem in your homeschool, these simple tips will help!

5 Ways to Organize Your Homeschool

Whether you’re a new homeschool parent or a veteran, figuring out how to organize all the things is hard stuff!

If you’ve found yourself on the organization struggle bus — this one is for you!

Check out the 5 things I lean on when creating my own homeschool organization systems!

#1 Practice Organized Planning

This! Organized homeschool planning will always be the number 1 way I keep our homeschool organized!

That said, practically everything in my life starts with some type of brainstorming session or to-do list.

Preparing in this manner simply gets me in the zone and equips me for what’s to come.

Homeschool organization is no different.

Planning is Always the Best First Step

Running our homeschool while keeping the house tidy simply wouldn’t be an option if I didn’t take the time to plan.

While planning our homeschool year is a must, planning our daily tasks is just as essential.

That’s why I like to lean on simple handwritten helps for everyday use — including planners for students.

  • Organized Student Planning

As homeschool parents, it should be our goal to have somewhat functioning and responsible adult children to send out into the world after our 18-year-long school journey.

Part of reaching those goals includes the process of teaching our children to stay on task, complete their work in a timely manner, and keep things organized while they are doing it.

This requires a significant amount of planning on both our part as well as theirs.

The older children get, the more the responsibility needs to fall on them and less on us as parents.

With that said, no child is ever too young to begin this process!

  • Homeschool Organization using Whiteboards & Planners

If you have a child who struggles with focus issues, as I do, you need these tools in your life.

Each week we write out a plan and set goals for our homeschool.

My older children take charge and work on this independently, while my youngest gets a little help from mom.

White Boards for Homeschool Planning

We simply jot down our plan on individual whiteboard squares (each square represents a day of the week) and each child does some much-needed copy work by copying weekly goals into their planner each day.

Our family is a unique blend of planning all the things and unschooling — sounds crazy, but it’s true.

We definitely don’t strive to fit any type of mold and creating a brick-and-mortar school environment isn’t the ultimate goal here, so stay with me!

The goal is to teach responsibility and to keep daily plans organized in one easily accessible package.

Keeping Simple School Planners Helps Kids Stay Organized and on Task

Interested in the student planners we use?  You can find similar choices HERE.

While this may not sound like an organization tip at first, it totally is!

Keeping daily lesson plans organized will help keep your entire homeschool organized, and teaching kids how to use a planner is a huge part of that!

This is why I consider weekly planning sessions a must.

Taking the time to look over our upcoming week and set simple goals allows for a much smoother homeschool experience.

#2 Tuck Away the Extras

Whether you take a minimalist approach to homeschooling or you buy all things, there will always be non-curriculum extras hanging around.

Before organizing those extras, you first need to assess your needs.

Tucking extra workbook options, coloring books, and flashcards away can present a much cleaner and more organized homeschool room.

With that said, no matter what extras you have lying around your homeschool, there is always an easy organizational solution on the horizon.

The easiest way I tackle the extras in our homeschool is by focusing on zones.

From puzzles and games to readers and study material.

Creating multiple zones and utilizing storage items in your home can help eliminate clutter and create a more functional homeschool space.

  • Creating Zones for an Organized Homeschool

Prior to homeschooling, I was already a sucker for statement bookcases and multi-functioning decorative storage baskets.

However, now that homeschooling has become our way of life, they have become even more essential, you guys!

If you love having a variety of items to use in your homeschool, purchasing a large unit like the one pictured below is ideal.

Homeschool Organization for all the EXTRAS

Create zones in your homeschool room by storing like items together. Our homeschool bookcase breakdown — puzzles and games on the bottom 2 shelves, reading material and hands-on manipulatives on the middle 2 shelves, lesser used items on the top shelf.

However, if you lean more on the side of simple, small totally works too!

  • Homeschool Organization Using Activity Bins

As I previously mentioned, creating zones is an easy way to organize all your homeschool extras!

If you are homeschooling multiple children who all have different needs, creating activity baskets or bins will become a huge blessing in your homeschool!

I have 3 kids varying in age and organizing all of their individual curriculum books and hands-on activities into age-appropriate bins has been life-changing!

When my daughter was in kindergarten and she first began learning to spell, I knew I wanted to make this process a fun one.

However, I also knew that I didn’t want tons of manipulative items lying around the house or getting tossed in with my older boys’ homeschool items.

So, I created a simple spelling activities box just for her — we used this box for 3 school years too! 

With that said, some children don’t need subject-specific activity boxes, and creating a generic activity basket might be a better fit.

This is where our lazy morning basket comes into play!

Keep Homeschool Organization Simple in the Morning with Your Morning Basket

A morning basket is the perfect place for storing extra workbooks, flashcards, activity books, sticker books, or coloring books!

Using a morning basket in your homeschool can create a super simplistic homeschool morning vibe.

Not only does it help cut down on the chaos of starting a new day, but it also allows you to easily tuck away all your morning activity items in one easy place without creating clutter first thing in the morning.

If you aren’t already implementing a morning basket in your daily homeschool routine, you are totally missing out on something wonderful!

I know a lot of moms love to get elaborate and plan out themed baskets each month (which is totally great, by the way!)

However, I tend to lean more on the side of simple with our lazy morning basket.

 

#3 Create Supply Stations

Just like my love for baskets, I have a huge love for supply caddies and office organizational tools.

This love became a huge blessing to our home when we first started our homeschool journey. I simply can’t stand excess clutter and somehow homeschooling the kids created just that — a cluttered mess.

From pencils everywhere to art supplies getting lost or spilled. I quickly realized that our homeschool needed a functioning system!

Hello, supply stations.

Use Simple Pencil Caddies for Organizing School Supplies at Home

  • Homeschool Shared Supplies Organization

Organizing homeschool supplies doesn’t have to be a pain!

Sometimes it’s as simple as grouping like items together using something both decorative and functional.

I’m a huge fan of shared supplies and using cute caddies or baskets to store them in an easily accessible area will always be my preferred method!

With that said, sometimes personal caddies are the way to go.

  • Personal Supplies Organization

Personal art caddies are perfect for homeschooling on the go, meeting individual supply needs, or for creating a personalized art station for your kiddo!

We have used these in so many different ways throughout the years.

My older boys prefer to store some of their personal school supplies away from little hands, like their beloved mechanical pencils for instance, and these caddies create the perfect safe space!

My daughter, however, prefers to use hers as a travel art caddy for coloring in the car or at the park.

Personal supply caddies are also a great way to split up pencils, scissors, and erasers if you have a disappearing supply issue as we sometimes do.

#4 Sort Paperwork Properly

Homeschool paperwork is no joke. It can seriously pile up!

Pacing guides, supply lists, curriculum invoices, homeschool attendance sheets, answer keys, and homeschool schedules all need a happy place to live – making this next tip a total lifesaver!

  • Master Binder System for Organizing Homeschool Paperwork

When I first started homeschooling, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and it took me some time to get a good rhythm down.

The paper organization just wasn’t there and I was in major need of something both functional and simple.

This is when I decided to try a simple 3-ring binder to house all my important homeschool papers.

Want to know something crazy? It was exactly what I needed, you guys!

Organizing Homeschool Paperwork is KEY

Just to be clear though, this binder is for me.

It holds all the important stuff I need at arm’s reach. Everything from pacing guides and answer keys to other important documents and curriculum receipts.

Keeping things in a nice tidy package by using color dividers helps this homeschool mom stay organized and on task day after day.

  • Student Portfolios for Organizing School Work

This one, however, is for the kiddos!

Student portfolios are a new thing in our homeschool and I am still in the process of getting all the kinks worked out!

However, as my boys have gotten older I’ve recently found the need to create a simple portfolio system for each of my children.

I’ve been keeping a small sample of their work from each homeschool year anyway and now those papers have a new place to call home!

Using a simple binder & protective sleeves I can keep all their paperwork in a safe place.

#5 Store Curriculum Creatively

Oh man, this is the good stuff, you guys!

Over the years, I have used nearly every type of curriculum organization that’s out there.

Everything from bins and shelves to rolling carts and folder systems.

If you can name it, I’ve probably tried it!

  • Organize Homeschool Curriculum in Bookshelves

Bookshelves are great.

While they aren’t necessarily my favorite method for storing all of our homeschool curriculum books, I am still a huge fan of bookshelves.

With that said, we tend to work on homeschool lessons all over the house and bookshelves can sometimes be the easiest way to tuck our bulky curriculum out of sight.

Homeschool Organization Curriculum Baskets

While, yes, bookcases are technically made for books, sometimes leaning on the use of decorative storage baskets inside your bookcase is an even better option than traditional book stacking.

I actually utilized this method in our home for years!

By leaning heavily on storage baskets, I was able to store all of our homeschool curriculum in the living room without creating a cluttered space.

This method simply creates the illusion of a tidy space and helps to eliminate the school is taking place in my living room look.

Keeping curriculum in bins instead of on top of surfaces or stacked messily in bookshelves is a super simple homeschool organization solution!

  • Homeschool Curriculum File Folder System

As crazy as it sounds, this is the glue that holds our homeschool together, you guys!

This is the most important step to running our organized homeschool.

Utilizing weekly lesson planning sessions in combination with this folder system not only keeps things running smoothly from week to week, but it keeps things very organized.

After all, that is the ultimate goal, right??

These two systems really go together like peanut butter and jelly, no joke.

Homeschool Organization Ideas Using a Folder System

We use daily folders for current work and weekly folders for upcoming work, planning out one semester at a time.

This method is so good, you guys!

  • Rolling Cart Homeschool Organization

Finally, my new favorite curriculum storage solution and possibly the most simple of all.

Rolling carts are simply amazing!

As our homeschool has transformed, so have my organizational methods, and sometimes less is more.

When we left our homeschool room behind and began homeschooling wherever, whenever, these carts became the perfect solution!

They can be rolled into any room of the house and hold everything my children need at arm’s reach — they even work great for road schooling!

Staying Organized Using Rolling Carts & Caddies

I actually use these for multiple purposes in our homeschool!

Each kiddo gets a cart for their school items, I get one for myself, and I use one to store our binding materials!

These carts are so incredibly versatile and will seriously change your life.

Finalizing Your Homeschool Organization

Once you’ve assessed all your homeschool needs, it’s time to start trying new things!

While all of these great homeschool organization ideas worked in our home for a season or two, many of our methods have changed over the years.

Take our curriculum storage for example.

As circumstances change, so do our methods and that’s ok!

Just don’t be afraid to try something new, throw it out the window when it doesn’t work, and then try something completely different!

Happy organizing, you guys!

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Homeschool Organization Ideas

Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the homeschool organization portion of the blog! 

I thrive in an organized space and so does our homeschool! From simple caddies to creative solutions, organizing is just second nature to me.

If you enjoyed checking out some of my favorite homeschool organization tips or simply want to see more of our journey, feel free to follow us on social media for more frequent updates.

You can find all of our social accounts below!

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Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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Super simple homeschool curriculum organization using file folders!

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Super simple homeschool art caddy for kids!

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Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the homeschool organization portion of the blog! 

I thrive in an organized space and so does our homeschool! From simple caddies to creative solutions, organizing is just second nature to me.

If you enjoyed checking out some of my favorite homeschool organization tips or simply want to see more of our journey, feel free to follow us on social media for more frequent updates.

You can find all of our social accounts below!

FacebookInstagramPinterest

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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