6 Smart Storage Solutions to Eliminate Homeschool Clutter

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My grandmother lived through the depression so she held on to everything: the old toaster, photographs, letters, magazines, and books. But, you would never know it. Her home was immaculate.

Everything was stored out of sight in neat stacks on cupboard shelves. 

​Years later, I found myself homeschooling. None of the homeschooling books I read mentioned the piles of papers, books, textbooks, art supplies, and completed projects that quickly took over my home.

Gone was order.

Chaos took root with piles of papers and books everywhere. 

​I decided that I needed to take some action.

Smart Storage Solution #1: Book Shelves

I have 5 of these bookshelves in my homeschool room and 5 shorter ones….I know–that’s a lot of bookshelves, but they are such a blessing. You can purchase this bookshelf on Amazon here.

I started with purchasing additional bookcases. Every book and textbook had a home shelf. I also left one shelf empty for the books we’d be using the current school year.

When we moved to a new home, we added even more bookcases. I divided our books into topics. Several shelves were devoted to geography, several to apologetics, and several to Bible. With great delight, I had three bookshelves to fill with my historical living books and historical fictions, so I filled them in order from Creation to Modern Times.

What fun we had over the years looking for books in historical order! We even had fun figuring out where books should go! 

​Now, it was on to the piles of papers and other things. 

Smart Storage Solution #2: Clear Plastic Drawer Rolling Carts/Cabinets

I purchased two of these. Each of my 5 kids had one drawer and I had my own drawer. These drawers are removable! 🙂 🙂 You can purchase these plastic drawer rolling cabinets at Amazon here.

The first thing I did was to purchase some inexpensive clear plastic drawer sets. Each of my children got their own drawer to store their papers, books, notebooks, and folders. They just pulled their drawer out and took the whole drawer to the dining room to start their school work each morning. 

​These drawers were such a big help to keeping clutter under control. We stopped having schoolwork strewn around the house. Now everyone had a place to put their school work. 

Alternative to Plastic Drawers: Cube Shelves & Baskets

My daughter uses a cubeical organizer that holds baskets where she stores toys and school stuff. I think it’s much prettier than the plastic drawer carts and the baskets are still easy to remove. 🙂 🙂 You can purchase this cubeical at Amazon here.
These baskets are bright and cheerful. Also, they are easy to remove from the cube shelving and carry schoolwork somewhere else. 🙂 🙂 You can purchase these baskets on Amazon here.

Smart Storage Solution #3: File Cabinet

I found a sturdy, but scratched up, file cabinet at a garage sale and painted it blue. You can also purchase this fully-assembled file cabinet at Amazon here. Stickers could make it bright and cheery 🙂 🙂

Another thing I purchased was an old file cabinet which I quickly painted a bright blue color so it would be cheery.

​I stored all kinds of things in the file cabinet. Some folders contained legal paperwork. Others had maps, field trip ideas, book report sheets, and reading logs. File folders helped me to organize my piles of papers into manageable portions inside file folders.

Smart Storage Solution #4: Magazine Holders

These are so inexpensive but really handy for storing homeschool paperwork 🙂 🙂 You can purchase magazine holders at Amazon here.

​I also purchased several magazine holders. I used these to store my homeschooling magazine and children’s magazines.

They were also great for storing scrap paper, maps, and workbooks for future use.

​​Smart Storage Solution #5: Storage Cabinet

I have one of these cabinets in my homeschool room. It stores just about everything from paper to paints to notebooks to CDs to DVDs. You can purchase it on Amazon here.

I bought a big white storage cabinet that matched the bookshelves. Inside, I stored paper (separated by kind), art supplies, extra pens and pencils, craft supplies, paintbrushes, magnet letters, and other  school supplies.

Smart Storage Solution #6: Small Plastic Containers

I love these containers because the close firmly and have a lid to make it easy to carry around to where you need stuff. These are great for storing all kinds of stuff for school 🙂 🙂 You can purchase these and a host of others in various sizes and shapes at Amazon here.

I stored teaching CDs and DVDs in plastic containers inside cupboards.

The cupboard also stored all kinds of paper, pastels, paints, crayons, paintbrushes, stamps, stamp pads, notebook paper, extra pens and pencils, and craft kits. Everything was divided by shelves.

​Yes, homeschooling still fills our home with some clutter, but most of the clutters is stored away. I’m not as good at hiding clutter as my grandmother was, but things are much better than before.

I hope these ideas will help you and spark some of your own creativity.

Joyful and Successful Homeschooling
 Joyful and Successful Homeschooling will help you understand what makes your child tick and how you can use that understanding to teach effectively. From organizing your home to teaching history the fun way, from making lesson plans to handling those moments when personalities collide, this book is all you need to get started on the amazing adventure of homeschooling your precious children. You can purchase Joyful and Successful Homeschooling in print at Amazon and the E-book at PayHip, TeachersPayTeachers, and right here on this site.

God bless your home!

Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!

​Meredith Curtis

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