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    We redid an old giant entertainment center to hold a lot of our homeschool stuff at the old house. The new house actually has several sets of built in bookcases that we utilize but we still use the armoire for all the stuff I don't want seen. It's big enough that 2 of those plastic storage things with drawers fit inside the tv part . Baskets on the top shelf for other items (as well as small canvasses) and extra room on the lower 2 shelves for even more stuff. At the old house, I had pretty much all his school stuff contained there. Had planned, if needed, to add a fold out table to it, but the new house had more room than expected. Best Part? It can be closed up when company visits!

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    Where/How do you store your homeschool stuff?
    We keep our Homeschool stuff on a Billy bookshelf. There is a special spot on it for library books to live, and a half a shelf dedicated to "these are the books / workbooks / notebooks that we are using right now. We also have a 3-tier Target bin for DS4s reading manipulatives (letter tiles and magnets), and another for counting / sorting manipulatives. All paper, pens, markers, scissors, glue, rulers go in a different bin, because keeping regular versus craft materials just didnt work.

    Its a mess right now, but this is what it looks like before I straighten up the shelves.
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    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

  4. #13

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    Bookcases. Two. One in main hall and one in guest room where kids desk and computer are. Stuff floats around all the time though....

    I think that after a certain point you stop thinking in terms of where does school end and family begin, and then it all just kind of blends together. And as the kids get older, there tends to be fewer clutter makers around (art stuff, legos, math manipulatives)
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

  5. #14

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    We have 15 bookshelves in the house that house books of all subjects, plus floor to ceiling shelves down the hallway for our paperback sci-fi and fantasy collection. This is year 13 of homeschooling and we have ages 1 to 17 in the house, so homeschooling and life are fully integrated at this point. I do have a few shelves that are specifically designated to hold books we are actively using, folders full of completed work, and works in progress. Our entry closet we use to house supplies (pencil, glue, scissors, drawing paper, binders, etc.), plus we have a metal shelving unit in the dining room for board/card/dice games and easy access art supplies for the littlest people (not paint! Just help yourself items). The way we have set up our house has evolved through the years, we just continue adapting to ages and stages and how much we engage with our learning adventures and projects. Homeschooling stuff is just our every day living life stuff. We may have a white board in our dining room, a globe in the bedroom, art work taped to the walls, binders and a printer next to the computer that doubles as our t.v., but our house does not look anything like a classroom!
    Learning, Living, and Loving Life outside of the norm with 7 kids.

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    I use bookshelves and containers that fit on bookshelves. We have about 15+ bookshelves in the house. I try to organize them, a little. Mostly thematically. I have some containers that fit on the shelves to store things. We also have maker space and exercise equipment in the garage. We don't have a dedicated homeschooling space, as we do things throughout the house and garage.
    Choosing Our Own Adventure with DS 9
    Global Village School - Supporting our desire to teach social justice and global awareness
    http://chooseourownadventures.blogspot.com

  7. #16

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    now, with bookshelves are y'all talking individual shelves, or 15 FULL bookcases? Because if it's 15 full bookcases, I am impressed both by the ability to fit 15 bookcases into a house, and FILLING 15 bookcases!

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    Yep, full bookcases. We got 6 in the family room, 2 in the dining room, 2 in the office, 3 in the guest room, and 1 in each bedroom, and I have stacks of books hidden in the storage because I do not have space for them on the shelves.
    mom to 3 girls: DD9, DD8, DD5

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    Quote Originally Posted by aselvarial View Post
    now, with bookshelves are y'all talking individual shelves, or 15 FULL bookcases? Because if it's 15 full bookcases, I am impressed both by the ability to fit 15 bookcases into a house, and FILLING 15 bookcases!
    I actually had to do a count.

    The living room has one wall that has built in bookshelves, floor to ceiling and about 7 feet long. And we have two short books shelves in the room too. One is under a window and the other was an extra one we had. I am thinking for replacing it for a larger one.
    One bedroom has a short, but long (6ft) bookshelf and one short shelf.
    I have a short shelf in my bedroom. Though I might upgrade it to a full size one.
    The basement has 9 full-size bookshelves that store books and DVDs and we have 3 short bookshelves for videos games and other stuff.

    All of our shelves are overflowing with books, board games, movies, and video games.

    We had to add bookshelves to the house because my office is under construction for the next 2 years, so I either had to put my books in storage or move it home.
    Choosing Our Own Adventure with DS 9
    Global Village School - Supporting our desire to teach social justice and global awareness
    http://chooseourownadventures.blogspot.com

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    Yes, most are large bookcases, we have thousands of books. I always joke that it is the only way I know how to decorate a house. Cover all the walls with shelves full of books. We donated over 500 books to the library last year and it did not even seem to make a dent in our collection.
    Learning, Living, and Loving Life outside of the norm with 7 kids.

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    Yikes! My mom had a HUGE built in bookcases when I was growing up, but wow, I'd go crazy with that many different bookcases to organize. Of course, I've moved 8 times in the last 16 years, so any book that was not going to be read over and over, went out the door to the nearest goodwill.

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