Small house living doesn’t come with the luxury of having a schoolroom, although I have come to embrace “house schooling.” We utilize every room in our house for school purposes. These are my favorite 7 ideas that help me hide homeschool supplies and the mess so I can enjoy some brief moments of a “normal” home. Really by “normal” I mean it doesn’t look like school exploded on every flat surface.
Hiding Homeschool Supplies
• Drop leaf table for school. For years cleaning up school to eat lunch or even dinner because the only table we had was the kitchen table always bothered me. I love that this table can be pulled into the middle of the living room and be opened to sit 4 people. We have a set of 4 stackable stools to go with it. Usually my youngest 2 sons just pop up the one side to do their work.
• Oil pan used as magnetic board. When you remove all the school magnets the reflective oil pan takes on a modern look.
• I love the bookcases from Ikea. I don’t always enjoy looking at the mess that is left behind from school supplies. My budget was a little low to splurge for the bins that fit each cube. I found that a canvas photo holder from Initials called a “Know it All” covered up 6 of the cubes. I had my husband tie this to the cube with some string. My kids can easily flip up the canvas to get to their stuff. Then I only had to buy 2 cubes for the top. At the moment I have some photos in the sleeves, but I am thinking about adding some art work, still working on how I want this to look.
• Convert a China Cabinet to a school cabinet. I actually converted this cabinet over a few years ago but the glass fronts left the repeated mess highly visible. I bought some material, sewed some straight lines, and then hot-glued Velcro to the curtains and hot-glued Velcro to the inside of the cabinet. Then I was able to attach the curtain on the inside and cover up the homeschool supplies.
• Cabinet that hides the computer. Not a new idea but I love how this small space became our computer spot. The down side, that door in the picture leads to the bathroom, and yes the person on the computer has to move to allow access to the bathroom. Thankfully we have 2 bathrooms.
•Large erase board behind china cabinet. I found that buying white board from a home improvement store was cheaper then other white boards. I did have my husband trim one side down, this the sheet is fairly large. Even trimmed this board is 6 feet tall. This board slides behind the china cabinet and can lean against any wall in my house for lessons.
• Charts and posters behind the piano. Since I didn’t have room in my living room for a piano and an entertainment cabinet I combined the two items. Then I discovered some great space behind the piano for all our poster boards.
Do you have any great ideas on hiding homeschool supplies and the mess? Leave me a comment, I am always looking at how to best utilize my small space.