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Do You Really Need a Homeschool Room? Tips and Tricks for Homeschooling in Small Spaces

Having a homeschool room can keep all of your schoolwork confined to one area. It keeps the clutter off of your kitchen table and gives you the opportunity to shut the door on any messes if company pops in unexpectedly. But… do you really need one?

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Homeschool rooms are completely optional. They are not a necessity. Homeschooling is not something that has to be confined to one room.

Charlotte Mason said, “Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.”

The more I homeschool, the more I come to realize that homeschooling really is a lifestyle, and the need for a homeschool room becomes obsolete. Learning cannot be confined to one space…even if we try. Learning takes place everywhere we go.

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Do You Really Need a Homeschool Room? Tips and Tricks for Homeschooling in Small Spaces

This is just a snippet of what is covered in our ebook: The Practical Homeschool Guide.

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I had a designated homeschool room not that long ago, but that room is no longer a formal homeschooling room. I took down all of my “school at home” posters and replace them with pictures of maps and such. We still call our little reading den the “homeschool room” though it hardly resembles one.

“We are not trying to do school at home, we are trying to do homeschool.” FIAR

Making these small changes has changed the way we perceive school. We spread our learning out, and feel less pressure to meet self-set deadlines. Our home is becoming more peaceful.

Where do we Homeschool?

We do not have one designated area. We homeschool all over our home. In the kitchen, in our den (old homeschool room), in my bedroom, outside, in the sunroom, and even in the car. Believe me, I still pine after those perfect looking homeschool rooms on Pinterest, but the reality is that we don’t need it.

Where do I store my stuff?

I have a closet that I keep all of our Curriculum and supplies in. We call it the “homeschool closet.” I painted the doors in chalk paint, and that is where we write our scriptures each week.

Other options can be storing your stuff in a cabinet or dining room hutch.

Tips for Homeschooling Without a Homeschool Room

  • Buy nice maps for your walls…think framed.
  • Mix a globe like this in with your household decor.
  • Buy a framed dry erase board.
  • Chalkboard doors. (I have two closets with chalkboard doors. I used this paint>> Chalkboard paint.)
  • Use a regular old calendar. We always keep one in our kitchen anyway.
  • Use the tables you have…No need for homeschool desks.
  • Makeover a closet to use as your Homeschool closet.
  • Store books in a nice bookshelf or a cubical organizer.

Homeschooling in Small Spaces

Homeschooling in small spaces can be really challenging. The first home we bought when we were married was fairly small but was perfect for us at the time. We had only one child, and one on the way. Anything was step up from our 800 sq ft trailer.

When we started homeschooling, we quickly realized we had no room. We had an open floor plan, and our dining room was almost non-existent. The bedrooms were really big, but we only had 3 bedrooms. 1 for us, 1 for my 2 boys, and 1 for my daughter. So, using a bedroom was not an option.

I had a small coat closet that I started storing some of our homeschool materials in. It quickly filled up to the brim! Then we got a storage cabinet given to us. However, it was in really bad shape, so we moved it to our room out of sight. Eventually, our entire school ended up in the master bedroom!

It took some creativity, but we finally came up with some creative ways to store all of our homeschool things without it completely overtaking the house.

My Final Tips for Homeschooling in Small Spaces

  • Use the dining room. (You already have a table and chairs to sit in!)
  • Storage, storage, storage!! Get creative with storage using cabinets, shelves, a dining room hutch…
  • Homeschool Closet
  • Ditch the homeschool room

The Giveaway!!

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I’ve provided:

  • A Full Heart: Homeschool Copywork for Character Development($7.99 value) – Copywork is comprised of scriptures from the KJV, NKJV, and NIV Bible and quotes.

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  • Free Book Bundle ($75 value) from EmpoweredSteps   – including a free course called “KickStart Working While Homeschooling, a free book Building Your Empowered Steps, a free bundle of non-fiction books, and free Mammoth Math Multiplication/Division Facts.
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  • Back to School Starter Kit ($72 value) from – The “Homeschool Mom’s Back to School Starter Kit” is THE bundle to help you get and stay organized and focused every homeschool year. T
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Do You Really Need a Homeschool Room? Tips and Tricks for Homeschooling in Small Spaces
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