Well summer is the time for getting things ready for the next year and no matter what else I wanted to do, I must get my stuff in order! 🙂 So the last two days I have been digging deep into the bottom most corners of my home and clearing things out, throwing things out, and getting things in piles for the garage sale! Whew! I am going to show you pictures of the scariest part of my house that I dont show to…well…anyone! 🙂 It was really bad. I happen to toss things out on the desk that I have in the back and it tend to pile up fast! I do alot of projects and alot of my trays that I cleared out after we stopped schooling were just laying out. My basement has two sides. One is finished and this is the one you all know as my school room. Its pretty and blue and so organized. The other side is my laundry room, holiday storage, baby storage, craft room, Montessori storage, and our practical life are! Pretty much everything! I am hoping that my organization is going to make this year better. I got a lot of containers to sort my things into subjects. So all of my extra math materials are in a box, my sensorial work is in a box, etc. I also made sure that I got rid of some of the things that I was hanging onto without a reason! I think I will just show you! 🙂
Here is my desk/ work station. I told you that it was looking bad!
To the left of the desk is this shelf. In the green boxes are my random nomenclature cards, object box figures, math work, and stuff like that. It is just bobbing about in there. Yikes!
These shelves hold more craft supplies and all of my extra Montessori materials. You can see the grammar farm there and some sandpaper letters. This shelf is full!
As you can see there is a ton of stuff everywhere!
Here is the desk! WOW right? I got a hardware box to put all of my objects into for object boxes. This will eliminate alot of little things that get tossed on the desk when I change them out quickly! I also keep my paper cutter here for when I need to make some nomenclature work quickly (as you know, I tend to make cards as I need them and mot before!). I also have my paintbrushes in a jar and some pens and stuff out there!
Object Box Storage
In one of the big drawers on the desk, I have all of my practical life stuff in there. Jars, tongs, bowls, etc. You know all that stuff talking about.
In the middle drawer I have the other practical life things that I need to replace more often. Soap,
q-tips, push pins, sponges, etc.
Another drawer holds my extra office supplies that we may need. Tape is a big one that we run out of alot! Glue sticks too! This is where the girls can find them if they need to!
This large shelf holds a ton of stuff! The first shelf has all of my craft supplies and small things for trays, pom poms, pipe cleaners, rhinestones, ribbon, etc. The next shelf is where I put my containers with extra materials all sorted out by subject. I sorted out all of my nomenclature cards too. I dont keep my cards out all of the time although I think I may keep more out this year. Since I make small folders for each set of cards, I found that I can store them in small crates that hold CDs! Perfect! You can see one of the crates in the box on the end on the right. The bottom shelf has natural materials, trays, baskets, and card stock.
These shelves are across from the desk.The one on the far right holds my canning stuff and extra cooking pans. The middle shelf holds my albums (these are the Karen Tyler Albums that I printed last year!). It also has all of my extra materials that were too big for the boxes.
This shelf hold more crafts stuff, art kits, paint, and the boxes that hold the work the girls complete!
On the left of the three shelves, I have a small area for our practical life stuff. This the next to the door that leads to the school room so its easy to get to!
So there you have it! You have now seen the deep dark scary part of my house! I hope that somehow this is helpful to you as you get ready for the school year! I will be back soon with a review of my Elementary Albums! They are great! Happy Schooling!
Olives and Pickles
July 11, 2012 @ 8:23 pm
Good job mama! I know sometimes with so much homeschooling tools we can’t get out of control. I just finished organizing the baby’s closet yesterdau. It took me three days in between breaks. I am so glad I am done at least for now : )
July 13, 2012 @ 2:48 pm
Wow!! you doing sooo great!! you’re a Queen!!! It’s almost a week, since I start to organize and I didn’t finish yet!!!lol…. I LOVE this post, it’s ALWAYS very helpful to see and get amazing ideas from others amazing mamas!!!lol Thanks for the post and for the email!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!! BIG HUGS!! I GOT TO GO NOW, MAYBE IF I START TO WORK, I CAN FINISH TODAY!!!LOL
July 16, 2012 @ 3:54 am
It’s impressive how much you’ve done with your organizing, Stephanie! I always found the background planning, organizing, and record-keeping to be the most difficult parts of homeschooling. Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow
July 21, 2012 @ 8:12 pm
slobber! This is lovely! You’ve inspired me to share my mess too. Inspired as in think about it but not really do! 😉 I love seeing before and afters so thanks for sharing. I’ve tons of those hardware bins for our materials as I’ve 3 levels going on. I hate the plastic but the reality of a homeschooler is plastic rules in the learning room. Anyways, thanks for sharing.