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In case you missed it, I am participating in the Homemaking Challenge from Crystal over at Money Saving Mom. Although the challenge started on Monday, I was down with a migraine on Monday, Tuesday, and for part of Wednesday, so I just started the challenge on Thursday.
Yesterday, we had a group project of tackling the kitchen, you can read more about that in my Homemaking Challenge results yesterday.
Today’s part of the challenge was to clean out a closet. I took on my school closet because it so needed to be done. Not only did I have the school closet itself to contend with, but I also had all the stuff that people had taken out of the closet over time and left in piles all over our desk.
Here’s what I started with
My school closet is always a big job, but it is always so nice to have it all organized again. Of course what would be ideal is if my kids kept it this way, but I can keep dreaming of that day. For now, I will sit back and enjoy the clean and organized closet again.
For those homeschoolers who may be wondering how my closet works, I will give you a brief rundown.
On the top shelf I keep all the school DVDs and larger items that don’t fit anywhere else. That big white box has zoo phonics in it, for instance.
On the next shelf down, I keep all of the quizzes, test books, answer keys, and extra books and materials that aren’t necessarily part of our every day school lessons. It’s all the extras, you might say.
The middle shelf is the first shelf where kids have their separate bins for their stuff. I use these bins, and they work amazing. I have tried all kinds of ways for kids to keep their stuff together, and this is the system I have found to work the best. The bins are small enough that they can’t collect extra stuff in them. This is what happened when everyone had a rubbermaid type bucket of their own. They became a trash pit of all kinds of extra stuff, trash, and about anything else you can imagine.
What makes these bins/files so great, is that they are the sturdiest ones I have found, and they are collapsible so I can take them apart and store them easier when they are not in use. Here they are: Snap-N-Store Jumbo Magazine File Box, Black Fiberboard with Content Label Holder, 4.50 Inches Width x 11.25 Inches Depth (SNS01637)
The next shelf down is just more bins and textbooks for different students. I have a total of four students in this closet.
On the floor of the closet is where I keep a variety of things. In the white tub are extra notebook and folders and stuff. Then, I have some stuff that we will be moving in to mid-year, and then there are also things that we have finished with and aren’t ready to put out in storage yet.
Here’s the finished closet and desk area
Are you working through the homemaking challenge? Let me know in the comments!