Today I am sharing with you all my past small homeschool spaces round up. I hope this gives you a ton of small space homeschool setup ideas.
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We are in full-blown back-to-school season! This is typically the time for us mamas to start finalizing our homeschool plans for the new school year. Organizing, prepping our studies, and setting up homeschool rooms/ spaces. Since I recently shared how we set up our homeschool space in both my living room and dining in my latest homeschool post, I thought it would be neat to take a look at how our homeschooling space has changed throughout the years.
HOMESCHOOL AREA – 2017
Our previous home was a very small two-level 1200sq ft townhouse. The only space we had to homeschool was a tiny living room and a small dining room. We had to be super creative with how our homeschool was set up. I actually miss how simple things were. I was able to come up with some of the best ways to make a homeschooling area in such a small room.
One of the spaces we fell in love with within our new home was the small basement. This gave us homeschool classroom space we never had!! For the first time, we were able to have an entire room for just school. Even though the basement was super scary at first, fixing it up and turning it into my dream homeschool room was the first thing we did. I created a farmhouse-inspired homeschool room and absolutely LOVED how it turned out. We used our old dining room table, made a giant chalkboard wall with chalkboard paint, and had a nice reading nook. We even had enough room on one side of the room for young children to play.
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Homeschool room tour – 2020
Wow, how crazy is it to see the hopes and dreams we all had at the beginning of the pandemic?! Last summer, while I was in homeschool nesting mode, I ended up rearranging everything in my homeschooling room. Surprisingly, I was able to rearrange everything in a way that made it a much better and more functional space. This was definitely one of those “won’t know if you like it until you try it” moments. Funny thing, right after writing this post, I ended up ditching our homeschool room.
Homeschooling without a room – 2021
A couple of months after rearranging the homeschool room, I decided to NOT have a dedicated space for homeschooling. To be 100% transparent, I was overwhelmed with our homeschool. We didn’t have the best past couple of homeschool years, on top of struggling with my pregnancy at that time. So after much discernment, I decided I wanted to go back to how things were in the beginning. I wanted/ needed to focus more on the atmosphere of our education. One thought that kept coming to mind was how much I missed the simplicity of how our homeschool days were in the beginning. The times when we didn’t have a designated space and did our learning around the dining table. You can read more about my decision and the reasons in my why I choose to homeschool without a room post.
We now have two homeschool setups. We currently homeschool in both my living room and dining room. The built-in cabinets have been an amazing addition and have provided the storage space we needed for homeschool supplies. This is where I store all our art supplies and other important things. Our home office is also set up here.
Doing our school work around our larger dining room table offers comfortable seating and more study space. Our dining room also has more wall space for a bulletin board and maps.
The living room is a natural area for us to homeschool. There’s no comfier spot to read than on the couch, which is where we are often since most of our studies are literature-based. We added this cheap, small Ikea table set to do schoolwork this past Spring. Having a table in the living room has actually been a great convenient addition to the living room. The kids like to use this table to draw and play boards games. I also love having all our bookshelves in our living room.
Rolling carts are a great solution when you don’t have a lot of room. I love using rolling carts for organizing school books and homeschool curriculum. We just move ours to whatever area of the house we decide to do school in.
I do look back and miss how my homeschool room looked. However, our homeschool setup now is so much better for our own family. Even my kids, who are sitting and reminiscing with me over our past homeschool spaces, prefer how things are now. And you never know, I might change my mind later and go back to having a designated homeschool room in the basement 😉
So there is my recap of all my past homeschool areas in small spaces. I hope you enjoyed seeing my homeschool space throughout the years. You don’t need a lot of extra room or a dedicated homeschool room that resembles a public school classroom. We can create a great learning environment to educate our children in.
Favorite Homeschool Room Items
Now tell me, what is your homeschool setup like? Comment below, I’d love to hear all about your homeschool room or space.