I often hear people comment that they couldn't homeschool because they don't have the space.
Very few homeschoolers have the homeschool space of their dreams.
You know the Ikea or Pottery Barn rooms you see.
Source~ Pottery Barn
Too often homeschool families are juggling space for just all the kids.
In our situation, we do have a separate room to homeschool. We don't always use it to do our lessons, but it helps us keep the homeschool mess to one room. At least that was the goal when we switched our formal living room into our school room. We were lucky to have a room that we didn't really use. We had a formal living room that was used as a play room/sewing room when the kids were little. When we started homeschooling, it only made sense to change it over.
So we painted the room a shade of blue (the kids choice), added a table for their desk, some shelves, and a desk for their computer. My hubby made built-in book shelves to frame our bay window.
I LOVE the books shelves.
So does the cat as you can see.
The only problem is that we tend to fill them up and the the books pile up on the floor. If you homeschool, I'm sure you understand about books. I honestly believe that they multiply at night when we are not looking!
The only draw back about having a separate room is it sometimes becomes the catch all room.
Oh no, company is coming...quick through everything into the school room!
Once that happens our little friend chaos is waiting right around the corner.
Scary isn't it?!?
We suddenly can not find books, pens, paper, etc. I can't tell you how many times we have wasted 10 minutes looking for a book. Heck, who am I kidding, we have wasted 60 minutes looking for a book only to give up on that lesson for the day because the book can not be found.
It's like trying to find the lost shoe when you are late for a doctor's appointment.
So what do you do when the school room is a disaster?
You head to the kitchen table, dining room table, or get comfy on the couch.
Flexibility is the key to success when homeschooling!
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