Organizing School Supplies

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Organizing School Supplies

Make organizing school supplies at home easy this year by using simple tools that allow you to keep things within arm’s reach.

Homeschool Organization Solutions

If you’re anything like me, you thrive in an organized space. This is why organizing our homeschool area is seriously one of my favorite parts of the homeschool planning process!

If you’ve already tackled the paperwork, curriculum, and extras, it’s now time to get those pesky supplies under control!

These are just some of the ways I keep our school supplies organized at home.

Organizing Homeschool Supplies Made Simple

Pens, pencils, scissors, and glue sticks — the list goes on and on.

Believe it or not, but organizing school supplies at home can be both simple and fun!

You don’t have to devote a lot of time to the organizational process, you just need the use of some functional tools and a little creativity!

Tips for Organizing School Supplies Using Simple Tools

Clutter drives me absolutely crazy!

This is why I have such a love for organizing and problem-solving!

These are the things I lean on each and every day to keep our homeschool space organized and tidy.

Create Supply Stations

One of the biggest issues I had to tackle as a new homeschool mom was pencils!

The darn things seemed like they were everywhere and I was constantly picking them up every time I turned around. Then, my children would claim they couldn’t find any when they needed them next – go figure!

I started our homeschool year with a single cup of pencils at each child’s desk and I quickly realized that was a horrible idea.

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 throughout the house.

Learn how creating stations with the use of caddies made organizing school supplies a breeze in our home!

  • Shared Caddy

First, we have our stationary supply caddy — this one is my absolute favorite, you guys!

It holds pens, sharpies, scissors, and a stapler for mom, glue sticks & scissors for the kiddos. Plus, pencils — so many pencils!

Use Simple Pencil Caddies for Organizing School Supplies at Home

As our homeschool has evolved and changed, so has the location of this helpful organization tool. However, one thing remains the same. This caddy always stays in a central location for everyone to use — such as the kitchen table or the living room. 

I keep our shared caddy simple and to the point — no extras!

We typically use this caddy when we are all sitting down together, making it easier for me to manage the pencil disappearing act.

Plus, I try to encourage my kiddos to help keep it stocked and ready to go by assigning them fun tasks like sharpening pencils or tossing out old glue sticks which also helps to ensure it functions at its absolute best.

This totally works, you guys!

Kids absolutely thrive on these types of simple tasks. Plus, it keeps them busy and frees up mom for more important work.

The things they call fun, I call mundane and redundant — go figure. 

I actually use this method for all of our homeschool organization stations! I typically just pick a child that isn’t settled down with 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! Win-win!

  • Supply Cups

Next up, seriously one of the easiest ways to organize homeschool supplies!

Splitting up our more unique and lesser-used homeschool supplies into cups has been such an amazing help.

Cups are the perfect option for shared items such as colored pencils, brush markers, and specialty pens.

Plus, they can be stored practically anywhere!

We have some of these in our homeschool art area to hold shared items and I keep a few in my personal rolling cart to house non-shared (for mom only) art items.

They are super easy to relocate and they keep supplies in a nice tidy package.

Utilize Pencil Holders for Simple Homeschool Organization

Grab some awesome pencil cups for your homeschool — you can thank me later!

Seriously though. Storing like items together in small, decorative containers is a simple no-brainer.

  • Travel Caddies

Oh man, this is the good stuff!

Travel caddies will seriously change your life — not even joking!

I first created these caddies for my kids to store at their desks as a catch-all. Pencils, markers, scissors, erasers, glue sticks — everything they needed lived in these caddies.

Over time they have evolved to meet the needs of each of my children and we still very much use them today!

Organize School Supplies on the Go Using a Simple Art Caddy

Having a simple caddy with an easy-to-carry handle makes for a great option when kiddos do their work in different areas of the house – as my kids do.

However, they also double as an amazing travel art caddy for long road trips! This is hands down my daughter’s new favorite use for her on the supply caddy.

These are definitely a must-have organizational tool for any homeschooled kiddo on the go!

  • Art Stations

With the right tools, creating stationary art stations for craft extras can be both easy and pleasing to the eye — this carousel made it possible for our homeschool.

I keep this caddy in our homeschool area and it houses all our extra homeschool art supplies. It is seriously perfect for holding all the fun things we don’t use on a regular basis but still want easy access to!

Keep Things At Arms Reach by Using a Lazy Susan Organizer

We keep extra staples, glue, paint sticks, brush markers, and other fun extras in this art station.

Plus, it rotates to keep all supplies at arms reach — making this the perfect storage solution for craft supplies!

Use Pouches for Extras

Yes, yes, yes! I use pouches for so many things in our home! Not only are they great at storing like items together, but they also work wonders on cutting surface clutter while saving space!

Organizing school supplies can with the use of pouches is a super simple solution!

  • Flash Cards

Flashcards making a mess of your homeschool area? I totally get it!

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 use 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, ever functioned.

Easy Flash Card Storage for the Home

Last year, we made a huge overhaul in our homeschool curriculum mid-year and our new material came with bonus flashcards that were to be used on a daily basis.

I knew I needed a new system for our homeschool flashcards, so I took a deep breath and began the brainstorming process.

I’m a huge fan of storage pouches in general, so this was actually a pretty easy solution for me.

These things are seriously golden when it comes to flash card organization!

We use a large-sized zipper pouch to store our curriculum-based flash cards and smaller-sized zipper pouches for the random sets.

  • Activities & Manipulatives

Zipper pouches also make the perfect storage solution for simple activities or manipulative items!

We sometimes use these as a part of our homeschool morning basket routine.

Each kiddo has a pouch that houses simple things like devotionals, readers, or activity-based booklets.

Organizing School Supplies on the Go

If you love taking homeschool lessons on the go, having travel-ready supply storage is a must!

Utilizing an on-the-go caddy and simple pouches is a great start to homeschooling outside of the home, but there is one more tool that is essential to homeschool field trips and road schooling — the backpack.

  • Backpacks

Yes, homeschool kids can still utilize backpacks!

While they may not need a backpack every single day, there will be times they come in very handy throughout the years.

Like homeschool field trips for example.

Homeschooling on the Go Requires Organization Too

Not all backpacks are created equal though!

These are the 2 awesome bags our family leans on for homeschool outings.

  • The Simple Bag

If I’m being completely open and honest with you all, this one is 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 especially love to lean on this type of backpack for homeschool field trip days.

They aren’t quite as bulky as a regular backpack and can hold just enough for simple trips — such as our bi-weekly science classes.

My older children carry one of these bags nearly every time we head out the door! They are plenty large enough to hold a water bottle, a couple of chapter books, their planner (if need be), and possibly a snack or 2.

  • The Big Bag

While smaller backpacks are wonderful for easy days, they simply don’t function for a larger trip or a full day of homeschool lessons at the library.

For the full days of homeschooling on the go, we love to lean on larger backpacks that can hold all the things!

When choosing your own backpack, make sure you lean on the side of quality and go after a deluxe version with pockets for organizing supplies.

Each of my kiddos has one of these and let me tell you, they hold up year after year!

  • Folders & Clipboards

While it may sound like a total no-brainer, these tools are incredibly useful to the homeschooler on the go!

We utilize a folder system in our homeschool anyway and tend to lean on clipboards anytime schooling doesn’t happen at a desk.

To put it simply, transitioning these items from our at-home organization system to a backpack for on-the-go learning just works.

If you already organize your homeschool with folders, you are totally golden.

Organizing School Supplies & More

From decluttering the house to creating a simple chore routine for your homeschool kiddos, living an organized life is a huge part of keeping up with the added homeschool clutter!

Organizing School Supplies

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.

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