Inexpensive Homeschool Organizing Ideas

by Marianne
(Belcamp, MD, U.S.A.)

Homeschool newbie reveals three inexpensive and creative homeschool organizing ideas. Learn how she went from overwhelmed to organized!

We just began homeschooling last fall and I must say I was overwhelmed with what is available to us!

First, to organize arts & crafts I bought a 3-tiered rolling cart, each tier is a different primary color. We divided up the supplies by "medium" (paint, crayons, etc.), "bases" (paper, etc.) & "embellishments" (pipe cleaners, glitter, etc.). This works very well and although it's not the neatest sometimes, we know where everything is.

Second, my binder! I live by this! It's a 3", ring binder. In here I keep days homeschooled, notes, subject material, ideas for all topics, websites to investigate, forms I use and important papers. All divided nicely.

Third, I keep a "Favorites" file on my computer, divided by subject matter, of all the homeschool websites we use, or will use. It's easy to navigate with the sites placed in their appropriate subject!

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Jul 16, 2008
Thanks!
by: Anonymous

These tips are easy.

Jul 16, 2008
thanks
by: Anonymous

Great ideas.

Jul 16, 2008
Great
by: J.Irwin

Hi,

Those are some great ideas that can be used not only for those that homeschool, but for everyday life!!!

Jul 16, 2008
helpful
by: Anonymous

Thanks Marianne ~ your advice was VERY helpful.

Jul 16, 2008
HELPFUL IDEAS!
by: LAH

Marianne,

Thank You for your great (organizational) ideas which is perfect for Homeschool and everyday life!!!

I have stuff in various size boxes, envelopes and folders, but I like your idea (which I never thought of) about using a 3-tier rolling cart and binder A WHOLE LOT BETTER!! This is a great way to 'condense space', still have everything I need, but with it all in one place... and on wheels!

'm always looking for helpful ideas to save time and better organize my life. And I have a friend who's in an Assisted Living Home that the 3-tier cart would be perfect to help keep things organized and not all over the dresser, since there's limited space. THANKS AGAIN!

Jul 16, 2008
Wonderful Ideas!
by: Anonymous

Whatever ideas works, and helps. That sounds great!

Jul 16, 2008
Thanks!
by: Anonymous

The 3 -tier cart is a personal favorite of mine too. I use a label maker to mark them. The clear drawers are better than ones you can't see in. I think it helps know what's in there too.

Jul 16, 2008
Great ideas!
by: Anonymous

I use a binder system as well to keep our homeschool organized. It makes it so much easier to keep track of papers, and is a one-stop source of information.

Jul 16, 2008
Sounds Organized!
by: Michele

Great tips! Thanks for the advice :)

Jul 16, 2008
Good Ideas!
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your ideas!

Jul 16, 2008
Awesome
by: Anonymous

Great job...I wish I had the time and engergy to do what you do. Great Job Mare!

Jul 16, 2008
Nice!
by: Anonymous

Great job, Mare! I have been teaching for 24 years, and know how hard it is. The organization you have described sounds like you are right on target!

Jul 16, 2008
Thanks
by: Anonymous

Great tips, thanks for sharing!

Jul 17, 2008
Great ideas
by: Anonymous

You rock, Marianne!

Aug 11, 2008
Help
by: Anonymous

I was just wondering if there would be some way that you could share the Microsoft Excel file so that other homeschooling families could tweak it to make it 'ours'. Also, how did you find out about the credits needed for hs graduation, what courses they were to take, and how many credits each course was worth.

My son is starting hs this year and I know requirements have changed since I was in hs.

Thanks for any help.

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