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Cool School Rooms

We are in the process of moving our school room from the upstairs loft area to our downstairs “left-over furniture room”.  That’s our name for the family room (Or is it living room? We have one of those houses with a family room and living room, and I can never remember which is which).  I liked our little loft school room, but everything I do during the day is downstairs — laundry, breakfast/lunch/dinner prep and clean-up — so to make multi-tasking easier, the kids are coming downstairs too.  In addition, there is more space downstairs and the “left-over furniture room” wasn’t much but a place to stash our left-over furniture (hence the name). 🙂  In the spirit of organizing and decorating a homeschool room, I am posting some pictures I am using for inspiration (none of which I will actually come close to, but it’s fun dreaming).

 

I love the framed chalkboard wall here from houzz.com.  I definitely have plans to do something similar, minus the feminine colors (I have 3 boys).

 

Another good use of chalkboard paint from Lady Lullabuy used to label supply cubbies.

 

I love, love, love this wall of maps from Land of Nod.  If I can get ahold of some old maps, I am doing this!

 

Another idea I love for a school room is the cork-board picture rail running through this room from Martha Stewart.

 

I have a staircase wall in the room.  It doesn’t rise quite so sharply, but what a clever use of that space from Design Sponge, with book shelves.

 

Another feature I’d love to include is a cozy little reading corner, similar to this one from Sunshine on the Inside.

 

Lastly, I love the bit of inspiration for teacher and students with this wall verse from Contented Sparrow.  What a lovely way to remember why we do what we do each day.

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What I Did Today

I spent a large portion of today working on the school room closet.  Here is what I started with.

My little ones snuck in one day and pulled a lot of it onto the floor, but I made the rest of the mess myself. 🙂  This is where I stash all our books and supplies we use for our school year.  The first thing I did was pull everything out and start sorting.  I sorted by grade level specific items, then by subject for the areas that my students work on together (science, history, literature, Bible). I also sorted out the art and school supplies and took inventory of what I have, so I now know exactly what I need to stock up on when the “back to school” sales start.

This is where I ended today.

I placed all our books inside the cabinet according to grade level and subject area.

The floor is cleared, the shelves are sorted and I now know where everything is.

As always, when organizing, I downsize.  In addition to two tubs of garbage.  This is the box of books with which I am parting.

I have more to do.  I need to add labels to the cabinet and next week, we are moving the school room downstairs.  But today, I am tired and I am done.  I’ll update as I progress.