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Keep Your Home Fun and Functional this School Year

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Functional Storage for School Papers and Supplies

Functional Home Storage for School Supplies and School Papers

by Anita  Sisler

Have school papers and kids art work already begun piling up, along with that mound near the door?  Don’t be discouraged!  You can still get organized for the school year, even when you home school!

I’m going to share with you some basic systems that everyone can use and then put their own spin on.

Functional Entryway

Whether you enter through the front door or garage, it’s essential to have a place for backpacks, shoes, etc. when you enter your home. Think first of how you need to utilize this area, and then think about what items you will need to make it happen.  Could you use baskets, hooks, a bench, or a shelf?  Also think of what kind of family you are. Silly?  How about animal head hooks?  Cozy?  How about an old ladder with baskets attached for hats and mittens?  Don’t forget to gather or look for things in other parts of the house which can be used for this area.  I recently found a coffee table that was in a corner of a toy area at a client’s home and used it for their entryway bench; the table had drawers that could be used as storage for the children’s shoes and it cost nothing.

Functional Homework Areas

Your children will naturally gravitate toward an area they enjoy doing their homework in.  This may be the kitchen table or their own rooms.  Wherever it may be, be sure this space is equipped with fun storage containers filled with everything they need: pencils, calculator, paper, the list goes on!  This will eliminate the aimless wandering around, while they search (and procrastinate). When homework and reading are done, have your family develop the habit of putting things into their backpacks, which should be hanging in the entryway.

Functional System for Kids Art and Projects

This may indeed be the most difficult thing to conquer!  It is imperative that you set up a realistic system that works for you and your family. Here are some ideas:


Art and projects can be displayed; you just need to determine how long. There are cute ways of displaying kids art, such as on a string with cute clips or a framed pin board.

Once you decide on the ‘keepers’, you can store them in a decorative file folder, portfolio or art box.  You could also take photos of the art pieces as you go or at the end of the year, and make a photo book or scrapbook out of them, then toss the originals.

School Calendars, Notices, Sports Schedules

I’m visual, so for me, I would have a board (magnet, pin) to use for school notices and activity scheduled.  I would add a calendar (paper, chalk, white board) for all the dates and events. Some boards will come with a combination dry erase calendar and cork board. If you prefer everything tucked away, you can use file folders, labeled,  in a portable filing box.  You could even attach a calendar to the front of the box.

Tips for Home Schooling Families

Home school families can benefit from many of these ideas. Having just completed 20 yrs. of home schooling, I’ve come up with a short list of other essentials that you can decide for each of your kids:

What is the best place or way to put daily assignments for each child?

  • White board
  • Computer
  • Daily log binder

Where should I store books and folders for each child?

  • We lived in New England, so we have used cranberry crates, you can also find wooden crates at antique stores.
  • Plastic crates
  • Shelves with dividers or baskets
  • Maybe your child would like to make their own storage container

Where to put supplies, including art supplies?

  • Look to places like Ikea, Michaels and Target for fun storage ideas and easy access.

Now you just need to begin!  But remember, you don’t have to do it alone, enlist the help of your partner, kids, friends, sites like Pinterest and Etsy, and, of course, you can always hire a professional to get you started, work along with you, or do it for you 🙂

Time for your fun and functional home and school year!

Anita  Sisler is the owner of The Declutterbug. Helping people declutter and organize their homes, while building relationships are one of Anita’s passions.  She loves to encourage people to think past the traditional and make their spaces uniquely their own filled with things that make them smile and bring peace into the chaos. Having been a homeschool mom for twenty years I have learned the art of making spaces what they need to be with whatever I have to work with. Find out more at, or give Anita a call at 339-832-1220.


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