This year when I was preparing in my head for the coming school year I thought a lot about what our "school" should look like. At one time our house looked like a preschool or daycare and it came to annoy me. It felt like children had overtaken every inch of our home. So I took most of that down. I've decluttered through our school stuff several times and I've found different and more effective ways of organizing and housing things. After looking around on Pinterest and being inspired by a friend I knew I wanted to create centers throughout my home but I didn't want it looking like a childcare again. So I began. First I realized I MUST have a writing/art center and so I created this corner:
Then I decided that I wanted a math center. My "desk" mostly just sits and collects STUFF. What a waste. So I had a brainstorm. I really just needed storage for all the papers and my teacher books etc. So I moved that all here:
Please ignore the mess. It's not completely organized yet but it's suitable for starting school anyway. The filing cabinet holds the Letter of the Week curriculum for Sawyer and also various school stuff organized by themes and seasons etc.
That cleared of my "desk" and it is now our math and science center.
Next to that center is the kids' computer:
We'll do our reading on the couches:
Since we moved the toys back downstairs we keep the toys the kids are actively using in the living room. This will be a play area for Sawyer and Sierra during their free time while I work with the older two boys.
Sawyer and Sierra have little desks in the living room too:
For the stuff we use regularly, every day or every week I have it stored here:
And this is the storage in the laundry room with the stuff that will be rotated less frequently:
The kids do still have some toys up in their rooms but a limited number and most of the kids' books are up in their rooms as well so should it become necessary I can shoo the free play kids up that direction to work with fewer distractions with the older boys.
And that is where my little school went. All over the first floor of the house. But I think it's going to work MUCH better than the set up we had going on last year which was much less organized and more chaotic.
I'm joining up once again with the "not" back to school blog hop this week so go check out all the other great "schools" out there!