When it comes to homeschooling, it is important to have an environment that will foster learning. Being organized will help make things run more smoothly. Here are some tips for keeping your child’s desk and the area around it organized.

For the Desk

1. Folders

Folders are a big tool in helping organize all those papers. It keeps papers from getting easily lost, crumpled, or torn. Children can label the folders to know what’s in them, or for younger children who may not be able to read yet, you can color code them.

2. Pencil Case or Cup

A pencil case or cup is another must have organizational tool. You can use it to keep pens, pencils, crayons, erasers, and any other similar type items all grouped together and handy when you need them. You can pick up pencil cases at the store, or as a fun project, have your child make their own from a can.

3. Inbox/Outbox

Having an inbox and outbox system can help keep your child’s work organized. Having a designated spot for work to be done and work already completed will help your child see what work still needs to be done. Stacking trays or organizers can work well for this purpose.

4. Footstools

This is more important for young children whose legs and feet don’t reach the floor. Use a special kind of desk, or try a footstool or wooden box for your child to put his or her feet on. The more comfortable your child is while working, the more your child will be able to concentrate on schoolwork.

Homeschooling Organization Tips

For the area around the Desk

1. Bookcases

Bookcases are always needed for storing textbooks and reference materials. That way your books are always organized and handy when you need them. You can also store more than just books on the shelves. Bookcases are pretty versatile and can be used for storing puzzles, games, globes, and science experiments as well, just to name a few.

2. Folder and Paper Storage

Having someplace to store extra paper and folders is also helpful. Storage cubes and hanging file folders work well for all those papers. Or if you don’t have a huge amount of space, try this unique idea for some space saving storage: put a back on some shutters and hang on the wall. You can then store folders and paper between the slats on the shutters.

3. Plastic Dishpans

Plastic dishpans can be used to store just about anything. Use them for storing younger kids’ school materials, as a place for picture books, art supplies, and whatever else you can think of. They also make cleanup easy. Just stack everything in them and store them on a bookshelf.


Tackling home schooling can be difficult enough without having to deal with where to put everything. Try some of these tips, and you’ll be on your way to a more organized area for your child to do his or her work.

David Ching is a marketing strategist for an office furniture retailer in California, EQA Office Furniture, that sells office cubicles, workstations, conference tables, office chairs and reception desks. Get a free quote on EQA’s site: http://www.eqaofficefurniture.com.

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