Are you looking for ideas to design and organize your home office or a homeschool room, or even just a room where your kids can do their homework and read books? Check out these tips and see how this homeschool family organized their homeschool room and office on a budget!
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Hey y’all, Tiffany here.
Since I’m 7 months pregant, I’m now in nesting mode. And since we’re quarantined at home due to COVID-19, there has been plenty of time to get organized!
Our homeschool room turned into a disaster the last several weeks. We had been so busy with extra-curriculars that there just wasn’t much time to straighten up the homeschool room after school each day. Couple that with spontaneous crafts, and it looked something like this:
At least it had books on the shelves, even if they were a wreck, right? But since I blog and homeschool, it’s really hard to keep up with when my energy is low due to pregnancy.
Now it looks so much better!
We absolutely love how it feels in there right now!! Here’s where we got everything and why we chose it. (And don’t worry, we like to homeschool on a budget, so this wasn’t super expensive!)
I absolutely love how much storage space these desks have! If you can’t tell from the picture, there are also cubbies underneath the desk in the back.
We got the Hollow Core 12 Cubicle Writing Desks from Wayfair. They’re affordable, and they’re also extremely sturdy. Our 3yo son walks across from his side to his sister’s side all of the time. The only thing I’m not a fan of is that there is a small gap in-between the two desks, where pencils and pens tend to meet their demise.
The cubbies themselves are also a bit of an odd size, so it was extremely difficult to find bins with lids that would fit. I finally found these EZOWare Storage Bins with Lids on Amazon and they’ve worked great! I whipped up my own labels and attached them with velcro to the bins.
Believe it or not, these bookshelves are not built in! Phillip put them together himself!
Our ceilings are a big high, and we wanted to make the most of the space. We purchased these Billy Bookcases at Ikea (there are several heights to choose from). If you need to make them taller, they also have these great extensions.
Phillip installed build the shelves and anchored them to the walls with about 3 inches of space in between each. He then purchased wood to fill in the gaps and caulked and painted it so it would have a finished, built-in look. Before installing, he removed the baseboards and reattached them to the bottom.
Our homeschool room has several different seating options, depending on what we’re doing.
The rocking chair in the corner was a gift from some very dear friends who lived across the hall from me in my first apartment. They are about the same age as my grandparents, and the rocking chair belonged to her mother. I was extremely touched when she chose to give to me.
The chairs are ones that someone in our neighborhood was giving away for free. That’s the best kind to get! The storage bench under the window was also free from someone in our neighborhood, and the globe was Phillip’s father’s when Phillip was a kid. He drove it all the way from Washington to Utah for us.
When I sit on the rocking chair to teach science or to read aloud, the kids sit on these bean bag chairs from Wayfair. They’ve held up really well so far, even with our son jumping from the desk onto them.
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