While we continue with our renovation, we have rented a two bedroom vacation rental. That would be five of us, in two bedrooms. While it is large for an apartment, it’s tight for all of us. Because, it is a vacation rental, everything in here is not ours. So, to try and help with the homework mess, I had to be a bit creative with what we had in the apartment. Here is the plan I came up to help organize the kids’ homework. This cabinet is right inside, next to the entry door.
Cabinet before. We needed some serious organization!
I started out with figuring out what we needed to organize. We had books, paper, pencils/pens, sharpeners, stickers, lots of wasabi tape (okay maybe the mess, isn’t just the boys!), and homeschool supplies.
I figured a magazine file, a couple of bins for the paper, and stickers/tape all purchased from Office Depot would work. I ended up swinging by the dollar store for the deeper bins that Office Depot didn’t have. I planned on using these for pencils, homeschool supplies and office supplies. Based off of what we had, I had an idea of the sizes I needed.
Here’s what we ended up with:
Our solution to organize homework and homework supplies!
How I organized their supplies in the photos above:
1) I attached a plastic sleeve for homework onto the cabinet door so that it was readily accessible. This is how I helped oldest son keep all the papers he needed for school together. By hanging them on the door, he can put them away and take them out quickly.
2) I Used a magazine file for notebooks, workbooks, etc…I have middle son’s preK workbooks in these. It allows him and me to access them easily.
3) I used medium size bins (orange bins) for the items that we had multiples of that needed to be grouped. One of the baskets has all of the writing utensils: pencils, pens, markers, crayons. The other has all of the homeschool things we use for oldest son to help supplement what he is learning in school and all of the alphabet and sight word flashcards/games for middle son.
4) I stacked two flat bins on top of each other: One is for paper and the other is for all of the wasabi tape, stickers and scotch tape. The paper is on top, because it is used on a daily basis.
5) The small white bin in front of orange bins is for the office supplies: pencil sharpener, stapler, scissors.
Surprisingly, the boys have really taken to this system. I think they understand how it has made their lives easier. They know where to look when they need something AND where to put things away.
I am really pleased at our home homework storage solution! How have you kept your children’s homework and or supplies organized?