Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Organization....is Bliss!

I finally received the two Sterilite 4 Drawer Medium carts I'd ordered on January 2nd. And one of them arrived broken. Arrgh! Anyway, since I had ordered them from Wallyworld Site to Store I went to the store to see if they could replace it or if I had to return the purchase. Lucky me found the same type of cart at the store and I returned home with two carts.
What I had needed them for was the kids' work and note books. They had all been in a giant heap on the bookcase and every time we changed subjects it took several frustrating minutes to locate the needed materials. Since we are learning in our formal dining room space is somewhat limited. We have one decent size bookcase there but with everything on it and in two 4 drawer carts we ran out of space and our dining/school table was under piles of papers and books. Conducive to learning? Noooooot....
On January 2nd I emptied the drawer carts, labeled them for each child, and moved things around and into two temporary crates. Each drawer was labeled. And you know what? Suddenly it was so easy to find books, workbooks and notebooks when we needed them. Ahhh, the joy!

Here are our four 4 drawer carts and labels

Missy (2 carts)
  1. Math
  2. Science
  3. Geography/Worldstudies
  4. History
  5. French
  6. Art
  7. Misc.
  8. Assorted


 
General
  1. Craft Supplies
  2. School Supplies
  3. Stationery
  4. Assorted Tools

Bear
  1. Reading & Writing
  2. Math
  3. Misc.
  4. Coloring Books/Craft Paper
Now I have enough space on my bookcase to bring back the reference books I had to place in a different (and less accessible) location.

Yeah me!!! I am excited about all the space and the fact that we can learn in a reasonably organized room.

4 comments:

Eva said...

It always feels so good to see everything organized, doesn't it? Your system reminds me a little bit of Sue Patrick's Workbox System.

Arby said...

Very cool. An organized homeschool is always very cool.

Twisted Cinderella said...

I love all things organization. It makes me so happy when I feel that things are organized and tidy.

Marlis said...

Eva, thanks for the link!

Arby, organized is more efficient for sure.

TC, I hear you. I am not nearly as organized as I'd like to be but I am working on it every day! My mother was born organized and it never occured to her that I wasn't lazy, just didn't know how.