Works for Me Wednesday: A More Organized School Space

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Borrowing from ideas shared by Amida, of Journey into Unschooling, and Angie, of Many Little Blessings, I was able to create an organized new school space that is definitely going to work for us this next school year.

I liked Amida’s idea of having an organized resting spot for all those library books. We had a basket for our books, but it didn’t hold very many and the ones that it did hold seemed to get forgotten. So, I determined that a two-shelf bookshelf would probably fit our needs and our available space.

Then, I saw Angie’s bookshelf and decided that I really liked the narrow top shelf. It would make the perfect place for the kids’ color-coordinated supply boxes! I was thrilled, last week, to find an inexpensive, but nice-looking particle-board bookshelf on sale at Big Lots for only $17. When we got it home, though, it didn’t have holes high enough for that narrow top shelf. Brian was going to drill some holes for me — later on — but I quickly discovered that our supply boxes will stack just right on the top shelf and leave me some room for more books.

Before we got the bookshelf, we had several different places for stuff, as you can see:


It worked, but it was cluttered. Now, the bookshelf holds all that stuff in a neat, organized way. See? What do you think?


I’m excited about our new space. Oh, and the timeline will be back next year…but probably in book form, rather than on the wall.

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  1. That looks really great, Kris! That just made me feel more relaxed looking at the new organization.

    And, of course, thanks for the link! 🙂

  2. We were lucky enough to have a “liquor” cabinet built in in our kitchen. That got hijacked to the school cabinet.

    Which means I can throw everything in, close the door, and have company over.

  3. Looks great. I’m trying to get organized, too, especially before the new baby arrives. You have inspired me.

    I haven’t tried Library Thing yet, but I’ll have to look into it. I’ll just add it to my to-do list. If I could just remember where I put the list. Ha!

  4. I’m already thinking about next year too. Nice to know I’m not alone. 🙂
    Your space looks nice.

  5. Great idea! Love the bookshelf. I’m sorry I’ve been absent, I left a post on my blog explaining everything.

  6. Love the shelf! Being organized feels so great. I like schooling in the kitchen, but would always leave our school books out which drove Hubby nuts. Now that Biggest is old enough to do a lot of his work independently, there is a 5′ long shelf in the top of his closet where all of his curriculum books and supplies go. If we ever get our office completed I’ll have a nice place to put everything else…I hope 🙂

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