Sunday, July 25, 2010

School Room Revamp

I have been trying to get our school year all planned out so when we start in 3 weeks I feel ready and prepared. I am just about finished with that but have had something else weighing heavily on my mind about feeling ready. You see I am one of those people that just sets things down with good intention to find it a home later only I never do and only set it somewhere new. So needless to say our school room was a bit of a wreck. I am still trying to finish my youngest son’s portfolio so things were very much piled all over.

My main issue was this enormous desk I inherited from my aunt and uncle when they wanted to rid themselves of it for a bit. It is great to store things in but it’s just so big and our basement is not! It had to be replaced with something though because I needed to have storage.

100_1738 A place to pile everything



My hubby helped me to reorganize which is my weak point but after a couple very long days we did it! I felt so disorganized last year I knew we needed to change something before I began this year.

000_0008 As you can see quite cluttered and we did school on the couch with tv trays alot!



We moved the Bowflex to the garage and bought a few more bookcases and 2 student desks over the last part of the school year so I really only had to get things in order and figure out how to work it with this desk.
So this is what we ended up with.

My little sweet girl’s desk and the basement entrance.
See the hooks above for pocket charts to hang from? The schoolhouse chalk wall is from Upper Case Living.

Messy during purging phase,lol!
   100_2995Going to the left in the pic.
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Oh looky there…some workboxes have gotten a new and better home. Much better. 

Now coming across the far wall… more Upper Case Living Art!
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Overview of the back of the couch facing back wall.




Bookcases and the boys desks.
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We color code our kids Oldest is Orange/Yellow and Middle is Purple (or in this case blue since purple was not an option) and little miss is our youngest and only girl so she is red or pink…of course!
 100_3021    100_3022 Like the cushions? Walmart for about $9 each, not what I wanted to pay but they are rubber backed and do not move so it’s worth it to me!100_3023

And back to the other side of the basement which is our family room. See our oodles of board games on the shelves?
100_3027 Our School name above the workboxes.


My sweet hubby also had a little surprise of his own for me! He created this little sewing area for me in our laundry room (which is on the other side of the wall that our workboxes are on). Isn’t he the greatest?
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So have you changed where you home school or re- arranged the area you use? Let me know what you think of our space.


Pebblekeeper said...

Looks like a great organized transformation! We turned our classroom area into a boys dorm room when the whole family came - and moved everything to the walls. I need to get back in there and sort things through. :) Sigh. The more we "use" it, the less clean organized classroom it becomes. :) I do like the sorting process. :) Great Job!

SisterTipster said...

Love your changes! Your school room and blog! You've been busy! Soo glad you love the earrings! blessings!

alecat said...

How wonderful! Isn't it refreshing when everything is organised ... and WOW on your own sewing area (I'm a bit green around the gills, lol!)
Catherine (aka alecat, TOS Crew)

Kimberly said...

Very inspiring. Now the wheels in my head are turning.

Vickie said...

Love the new classroom. My sewing table is in our classroom/library. It is a good feeling to be organized and I'm like you...any flat surface (you should see my desk!) becomes a piled surface.

God's Blessigs. A job well done.

Mrs. Taffy said...

Love it! Good job!

Our Village is a Little Different said...

You did a fantastic job!

Jesmicwilmom said...

Fantastic! Love the Bible Verse, too. I so want to organize, but with a possible relocation, just can't do that right now. Just trying to figure out what not to pack because I will need it this semester. Tell Hubby that he did a great job. Looks like you use the same type of workboxes I do. LOVE THEM!!

Denise said...

Looks great~ and now I am jealous! :)

Kelly said...

Love the changes and I am quite jealous!

Melissa said...

What a great before and after! You must be so excited to start a new year in that organized space.

Briana said...

Wow, you got a lot of work done. Looks like you are going to have a great year.

How do you like the sewing room? I love having my own sewing area. I just need to make myself use it.

Anonymous said...

Just discovered Workboxes for this upcoming year after i found a used copy of Sue Patrick's book which i have read about three times now! We set up the workbox system for our kindergarten boy and after he got the idea...he wanted to start right away (summer) so we did. He goes every morning to see what is in his boxes for the day - I love it! We have twin 15 year old boys whom I have now set up the cart and numbered 1-12 to keep them moving and visually can see their progress...every day it was "Are we done with school today"? I am hopeful this new system will keep them happy and moving. The biggest challenge will be what time of day to I devote to setting up the boxes for the next day? Any ideas out there? thanks, deb

Mrs. Mandy said...

Thanks everyone! I am the biggest procrastinator but am so glad I got it done. It makes me feel all excited about starting school.

Deb- I hope it won't take me but about a half hour or so but we shall see, I did them last year and it took forever but I was planning at the same time instead of preplanning like this year.


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