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MamaDearie
Help! Storage solutions? (PIOG)
February 27 at 12:26 PM

Help! I need very budget friendly homeschool storage ideas! I need alternatives to old bookshelves and large totes. They just aren't working for us. I desperately need storage for all school books, work books, papers, art supplies, music supplies, and school supplies. We do not have an actual school room and use our dining room to 'do school'. Our storage is currently in our living room- which would be fine as long as it was functional. All ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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  • RADmomma
    February 27 at 12:36 PM
    I've used a big dresser in my living room. 9 drawers. I used it instead if an entertainment center.

    Right now I have our stuff in a school room so I have a large built in hutch for papers & supplies! Books go on the bookshelf which we stuck in the closet.
  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    February 27 at 12:46 PM

     We remodeled our dinning room into an office with cabinets & shelves as well as a bookcase door! It has helped a lot but I like you am needing more storage because as my children grow so do their interest!

  • hwblyf
    by hwblyf
    February 27 at 1:30 PM

    We had a neighbor getting rid of a dresser for free, so we took it and that's where I store large/unwieldy items (projects and such), along with art paper and just "stuff."  I also reorganized my basement storage and reclaimed a shelving unit from there and use that.  We've got hanging folder plastic containers where I keep manipulatives, but I'm also looking for a better use for them.  I have magazine holders for them to turn in their finished work, a stacking paper shelf for different subjects.  I am also a very disorganized person whose entire house is storing stuff at this point.  I'm hoping to change that.  :) 

  • hipmomto3
    February 27 at 3:32 PM

    We have a dedicated school room (our master bedroom) but it's such a mess right now I'd be ashamed to post pictures! I have more stuff in here than I need. I desperately need to purge a lot of it. We have two 3-shelf wooden shelves (like you get at Target), one three-shelf metal shelf, and one huge 5-shelf metal shelf. On these we have books, boxes, boxes of books, boxes of art supplies, binders.... everything. We also have 3 folding tables (rectangular) against the walls, one for each child, and a computer desk, and 4 folding chairs.

    I really need to pare down our school stuff. It's taking over our house!

  • paganbaby
    February 27 at 6:03 PM

    Bump! I need ideas too,lol.

  • paganbaby
    February 27 at 6:06 PM

    That looks so nice!

    Quoting usmom3:

     We remodeled our dinning room into an office with cabinets & shelves as well as a bookcase door! It has helped a lot but I like you am needing more storage because as my children grow so do their interest!


  • KrissyKC
    February 27 at 6:10 PM
    We bought cheap build from a box pantries with doors on them. I own three. I picked a finish that complemented my other furniture. I keep the lower ones velcroed shut to keep my 20 month old out.

    I usually have stuff scattered and not put away all the time, but I can easily put things back and shut the doors and everything is neat and tidy for guests.
  • usmom3
    by usmom3
    BJ
    February 27 at 7:32 PM

     Thank you! We are still tweaking it. We have talked about building more cabinets or hanging more shelves because it seams like there is never enough space for it all!

    Quoting paganbaby:

    That looks so nice!

    Quoting usmom3:

     We remodeled our dinning room into an office with cabinets & shelves as well as a bookcase door! It has helped a lot but I like you am needing more storage because as my children grow so do their interest!

     

  • MamaDearie
    February 28 at 9:09 AM

    Wow! That is so nice! 

    Quoting usmom3:

     We remodeled our dinning room into an office with cabinets & shelves as well as a bookcase door! It has helped a lot but I like you am needing more storage because as my children grow so do their interest!


  • MamaDearie
    February 28 at 9:17 AM

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. We have been using some Rubbermaid-type totes along with an old bookshelf- and it is really just not cutting it. We have so many books and so much 'stuff'- all of which is totally useful and needs to be accessed on a regular basis. 

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