Over the years I’ve tried different approaches to homeschool supplies. In our previous home, the boys were little so I didn’t have much in the way of dedicated homeschool supplies or curriculum. I had one little shelf that I put everything on and that was that.
When we moved to our current house we had an extra bedroom that became the homeschool room. Around that same time my mom moved and bequeathed all her homeschool supplies and curriculum to me. It was a lot. 7 kids and…..I don’t even know how many years worth of curriculum and books and supplies. It was a lot.
Then we added on to the house and had to get rid of a bedroom. It made the most sense to knock out a wall and make the homeschool room open to more of a dining room. Because you can now see into that room from the moment you walk into the house, I felt like I needed to repaint, declutter, and spruce it up.
I carefully combed through the mountains of books given to me by my mom and ended up donating a lot. Some of the highschool level books were packed up and moved to the basement. The remaining few were placed on bookshelves in Luke’s room.
That didn’t leave much in the way of day-to-day supplies so I hauled a crate up from the basement and stacked everything in there. At the beginning of the year there were some hanging files, our workbooks, and then a plastic box containing pencils, tape, etc.
But halfway through the year it starts to look like this:
We started doing school at the kitchen table and the idea was that I could stash the crate away at the end of the day. Or at least at the end of the week. But it got so full and then overflowing that I didn’t bother and so this is what stared at us every. single. day.
Every year, about this time, I clean it out and it does help, but it still just wasn’t enough. And that’s where my beloved IKEA came in.
We were shopping at IKEA the other day and I saw this cart:
It was love at first site. Baby, you’re coming home with me.
I put it together myself in about 30 minutes and transferred everything over right away.
Ah, that’s better. And it rolls so I can just roll it into a nook in the dining room where you can’t even see it.
I love, love, love it and don’t know why I did’t think about doing something different sooner!