Wednesday, October 31, 2012

33 Reader Space: A Loving Place to Learn

A happy homeschool always makes my day.  Every. Single. Time.  I can only imagine the importance of being organized while educating kiddos each day.  And when I see folks that go the extra mile to make their homeschooling spaces a delightful and loving place to learn, I simply go gaga!


Nicole wrote and shared her space with me and I jumped at the opportunity to feature it, as I personally know a few homeschooling mom's that have asked for more ideas!  And this room is packed with them!


Nicole shared:

"Our space is a multi-purpose room used for homeschool and as a main level playroom, so we need lots of storage!

The core of the room is the Ikea cubbies, I couldn't have created this space without them.  Having lots of storage space for toys and homeschool supplies is so important so that everything can stay neat and organized.  I have also found the cubby bins to be very helpful for organization!  My youngest daughter {age 2} also enjoys having a table that's sized just right for her ... she likes to color, play games, and "do school" at the green table.  This is very helpful for me because every extra minute I can get while she is occupying herself is like gold.


I wanted to make our new homeschool room as enticing as possible.  I know that sounds funny, but if the room were not as put-together and coordinated, I know I personally wouldn't want to spend so much time in there!  And if I feel that way, it seems reasonable that the kids would feel the same.  With it being a room that we spend a lot of our day in, I was willing to put in the extra effort {and money} to make it really shine.




I help the kids be accountable and stay on top of them to keep the room cleaned up and tidy.  It's necessary because we're in there everyday for school!  Everything {absolutely everything} has a place, so that makes it easier to have the kids clean up after themselves.  I also limit the amount of toys that can be pulled out before cleaning up some of it, there simply isn't enough room to have the floor covered in toys!


We are using a Workbox Organizing System this year ... I like the simplicity, so I'm hoping it works for us.  The drawers in the middle of the desks are the kids' workboxes.


We love our homeschool room!  It's wonderful to have a separate place to "go to school" and I am thrilled to keep all of it organized and put away.  All of our books, projects and work are in a confined space and not spread out all over the house and we can always find what we need."


Pretty incredible right?  I think what I love most is that the room looks fairly average sized, yet the amount of storage it boasts is off the charts!  It is so well thought out and the fact that both studying and playing can happen here, while staying so organized each day, is just amazing!

You can find more beautiful photos and details over at Nicole's blog here.

Who else is feeling inspired to learn?  Or play?  Raise your hand if you are also a happy homeschooling family.  What organizing tips can you share that keep you smiling each day?


ATTENTION!!  Want to be featured in a Reader Space edition?  Have an awesome organizing story to share?  I am looking for projects that have made a positive impact to your life.  Please submit your story and photos here and I would heart to feature them right here, on the blog!!  Photos should be high resolution and unedited.  Please include a description of the project, including any costs, inspiration, and how it has changed your life and routine for the better!  Oh, and no worries my friends, we will NEVER judge "before" pictures because that just wouldn't be nice!  Only love goes on at this blog!

33 comments:

  1. This room is way too cute! I love colorful everything is, and how everything has a purpose! Great job!

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  2. what an awesome space to learn and play in! i love that the colors are so bright & cheerful, plus it has lots of amazing storage!

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  3. Looks great--really inspirational! Question: what is the timeline of and did you make it yourself? I've been looking for really good but relatively simple US and world hx timelines.

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    1. Hi KelleyAnnie! We study a world timeline through our Classical Conversations group (it's like a Christian co-op, but technically a tutor program). You don't have to participate in a local group to utilize their stuff though - we LOVE the timeline and are memorizing the whole thing to song (also from Classical Conversations). They sell timeline cards along with mp3's of the song that are absolutely fabulous - their website is http://www.classicalconversations.com. Hope that helps - feel free to email me with questions! livingouthislove@yahoo.com

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    2. I noticed that timeline immediately too:-) Great job on this room. Cute and colorful and amaaazing storage!!

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  4. What a fun place to learn and grow!

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  5. Cute room! I especially love her history timeline.

    We've been using a modified workbox system for 3 years and it has been such a huge help -- I'm more organized and the kids are more motivated.

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  6. If I had a place as lovely and organized as that when I tried out homeschooling, the result may have been very different.

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  7. While we haven't had such a nice room to homeschool in, I have found that I'm very proud of my 17 yr old, in her senior year, has (through the years) kept her school space neater every year. Every day, her desk is cleaned off, books and papers put away - I love walking by there. It's also hard to believe it's almost over!

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  8. I think is is so important to be organized when homeschooling. I believe that is one reason our family was so successful; because we were organized.An organized space also makes the kids want to be there and do their work. I love what she did with their space!

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  9. Love this! I am always on the lookout for inspirational homeschooling setups...I am a couple years away from homeschooling still, but it can't hurt to start thinking about it early!

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  10. Wonderful room! The colors are great & all that organization has me drooling:)

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  11. LOVE this room! I have to look for some drawers like the ones in between the desks- I love them!

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  12. Wow- fantastic! I love the clock above the door- just like a regular schoolroom! The green is so pretty. It looks calming and energizing at the same time!

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  13. cant wait to get my hands on for my son's room!

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  14. This is such a fantastic room! Love everything about it, especially the Expedit units around the window and the painted chalk board on the wall!! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  15. Can't believe this is your post of the day! Just before I read it was cleaning out everything from our main floor playroom today for a makeover to be our homeschool/playroom. I already have expedit shelving from ikea and looking at the same desks. Just need to decide on the paint colors...Thanks for the post!

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  16. We are a homeschooling family also. I totally love, love this room! It is so organized and tidy! Everything has a place...it is just awesome! I'm definitely going to be following her blog! :)

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  17. what a lovely room, its really inspiring and i love it..very well organized and i love the colors..

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  18. This is a really lovely room.I can imagine the kids will really love this space and mum too.

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  19. This room is not only beautiful, but functional! Great job!

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  20. This is a great post. I wonder if you would ever considder doing an organization re-do the way you work with people's homes on a classroom? I would love to see what tools your brain would come up with for keeping teachers organized so they can stay ahead of the game! - Jenny

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  21. I would absolutely LOVE a cute little homeschool room, BUT we live in a very small house and we do not have an extra room. I did a post this fall to show a little video of how we make homeschooling work in our living room though. Maybe someday we'll have a cute little room designated just for school! http://www.purposefulhomemaking.com/2012/08/welcome-to-our-classroom-little-video.html

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  22. Thanks for posting a homeschool room! It's inspiring!

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  23. I totally love the colors in this room! I am hoping to make a basement playspace for my kids, and I'd love for it to look like this!

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  24. This is a great space and so clearly functional - it's also great that she makes sure her children stay on top of keeping it tidy.

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  25. Great homeschooling room. The colors and the light are so inviting. Thanks for featuring this room.

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