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Updates on our homeschooling family with ten children, a handful of chickens, a couple horses, three bunnies, and six cats. Visit our website at PeacefulHome.net


Grocery Spending

Food Only

Oct 2010 - $231.39

Nov 2010 - $998.22

Dec 2010 - $340.29

Jan 2011 - $855.15

Feb 2011 - $203.17

Mar 2011 - $916.52

Monthly Average $590.79

Weekly Average $137.85
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Organizing School Supplies - Part 1

We don't have a school room, per se. When we lived in our tiny home, I dreamed of a room lined with books, filled with art supplies, a comfy couch or two...You get the idea.

When we designed this home, I had the opportunity to put in a school room, but by that point our school style had changed to the point that I no longer wanted one. I wanted to be able to keep the momentum going even while I cooked or did laundry. However, since homeschooling still comes with lots of "stuff," we needed a way to keep everything tidy.

We keep many of our supplies in the "nook" off the kitchen. We have cupboard and file cabinets that we bought for $40 when Bryan's company moved. The table is used more for crafting than school, since school really takes place all over the rest of the house - primarily in the living room and dining room.

Since the children don't have desks, we keep all their books in Wal-mart available bins. Some of these bins (the blue ones) are going on 9 years old! The bins make it easy for the children to take their schoolwork wherever they want to work (a portable desk!), as well as making it easy for me to grade or find their work from the previous week. We used these when we lived in our small house (stacked up only taking up 1.5 sq. feet on the floor), when we lived in our "temporary house" when everything was in storage (decorating the living room), and even now (on the shelves) when we have more room. Simple, easy, effective.


  1. I do the same thing! We are fortunate enough to have a home with a school area, but we never use it...games and crafts have taken the spot over. The kids love being able to take their books and supplies to wherever they feel most comfortable that day! And I love having it more organized!

  2. Great idea! Somehow I missed this when you posted it. I have too many books and supplies and need to cull and better organize. Is it possible to have too many books?? It is hard to get rid of things, because I never know what I will want to use with a child coming up. You inspire me with all of your great ideas! Thanks for sharing! Your blog is one of my very favorites!