Organize Your Homeschooling Child’s Desk & Room Economically

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Home schooling allows you to save a lot of money and be personally involved with your child’s formal eduction. However, if you blow all your savings buying books, furniture, supplies, and a number of other homeschooling necessities, and you have to spend a lot of your free time teaching your kids their subjects, then the idea of homeschooling doesn’t seem like such a brilliant money-saving adventure.

And that’s a shame, because homeschooling should be easy, fun, and low-cost – if you’re doing it right. And what better way to learn how to save money on homeschooling than to focus on your child’s room – and how you can organize it more economically? After all, saving money does start at home.

Pick Your Setting Wisely

The first thing you need to do is figure out what kind of space you’re working with. After all, it won’t do you any good to start researching ways to save money only to find out that you don’t have the space to support all of the ideas you have. Therefore, you must first ensure you have an appropriate space set aside for your child.

Many people like separating their homeschooling child’s bedroom from where they are homeschooled, but you can save money by merging the two. The only caveat to doing this is to make sure that the area for school is distinctly and visually separated from the area used for play – this helps your child to make the same distinction of work and play in their own minds.

 

The Key to Cheap Organization? Labels

If you want to know how to best organize without spending a lot of money, we have just one word for you: labels. Labels are a great way to separate the homeschooling supplies from regular household supplies; you can even use boxes already lying around your house to store supplies. By incorporating the use of labels, you stand a better chance at making sure your homeschooling is of optimum effectiveness. In fact, you’ll not only make it more effective for your child, you’ll also become a more effective teacher.

Organization isn’t easy; it costs time. It doesn’t have to cost money though, so if you’re worried about organizing things effectively, use labels scrupulously. It will save you a lot of headaches – and dollars spent on new supplies – down the road.

Think Outside the Box – Get Creative!

The best way to save money is to convert useless trash into attractive, serviceable organization options in your child’s room. Add a nail to the  bedroom door (with a decorative wooden head – school project!) for their jacket, stacking bins for easy access to papers, boxes with containers for sorting school projects and collections, old coffee mug for pencils/markers or an old cardboard box for keeping spills off the carpet.

If desk space is limited, don’t panic! Grab an old shutter from the trashpile in your yard – it’s time to get to work. For art class, help your child sand, paint & decorate the shutter. School projects are especially fun if the end result is for the child to keep and use everyday. You can even add school pictures to the top/sides of the shutter to personalize it. When hung upside down on the wall, the shutter becomes an instant file folder, yet you can see the papers. Hanging the shutter at an angle or just leaning it against the wall prevents papers from falling out & allows little people easy access.

Create a Homeschool Space Where There is None

Worried about your homeschooling organization because you have no space? It’s time to make some. Section off a corner of your child’s room by making it visually different; you don’t have to paint the walls a different shade, but do use the existing resources at your disposal to create a sort of visual barrier between a workspace (including, for example, a desk) and a rest space (the bed). Once you get the hang of this, you should never have any trouble organizing your house on the cheap.

This is a guest post.  Chris Turberville-Tully is a marketing strategist for Purely Shutters, a UK company offering louvered, sliding and tier-on-tier shutters.

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