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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Homeschooling in a small house ~ Look up

We like to do art projects and paintings.  We have to do them in our small kitchen (mommy says ;0).  And you know what small kitchens have…

no counter space!

You can imagine what happens next.  Just imagine a mom standing in a small kitchen and trying to find space to put the artwork of five children who are now starting on their next projects.  Yes, it is a bit crazy…and crowded.

One day while holding wet painted papers in my hands and mumbling under my breath explaining that we just had no more room for more paintings, I noticed that we had a bare wall.  This wall once held some of  my Blue Willow plates but a nice slam of the door which is on the same wall caused them to crash to the floor.  Since this wall can not support anything heavy, it remains bare.  And then I started thinking:

But paper is not heavy…

DSCN2454So I found some upholstery tacks that I had gotten for another project.  (The upholstery tacks were bought at Wal-Mart.)  I also got out some of my gardening and craft twine.  (I love twine!) I hammered the tacks into the wall and since they are decorative, they look quite lovely.  I tied the twine to the tacks and ~voila~ I have a new place for wet art projects.  Now, you could make this a lot fancier than what I have here but I really like the rustic, country look so it works for me.

DSCN2463After we finish a project, we simply attach it to the twine using clothespins.  By the end of the week, it is usually quite full.  And it is a nice dinner conversational piece.

Here’s our wall a few weeks ago:

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Also, even though book shelves are expensive, we buy one every so often especially if we find shelves on sale.  I always keep my eyes open for book shelves being given away or sold in garage sales.  You can never have enough shelves, I think.  :0)

Our hall of shelves aka the library & home school supply closet.  It seems to be in definite need of some TLC!

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So my advice for homeschooling in a small house is to think vertically.     Look for unused walls and see if you can make it a space where you can put a bookcase or shelves or maybe even a nice little drying line. 

6 comments:

  1. you know how I enjoy these posts! I enjoy reading about what families are doing to organize their homeschools. this is what lead me to your blog. we live in a very small home (900 sq feet) and it takes being creative on a daily basis for me to make it all work. thanks for taking them time to post about your home and how you make it work!

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  2. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Love this post! This mama says artwork only happens in the kitchen too and ours is very small... as in you can't open the oven door without bumping into the fridge. We have a decorative molding that hangs over our sink and window and I tape up M's wet artwork to dry there. And when it's dry it decorates the kitchen walls and cabinets and fridge, even the dishwasher. So our tiny kitchen looks very colorful and a bit crazy. :) Sorry to go on and on... anyway, I love your idea and I'm going to find a spot to do the exact same thing! Thanks for a great idea, I'll be sure to link back here!

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  4. Amanda - You nailed it on the head. You have to be "creative" with the use of space in a small house. I happen to love creative organizing so this is right up my alley. :0)

    Lecia - Thank you!

    Nicole - Your kitchen sounds like mine. I tell Dave all the time that it looks like a preschool in there. But it really does brighten up the room!

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  5. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. you know how I enjoy these posts! I enjoy reading about what families are doing to organize their homeschools. this is what lead me to your blog. we live in a very small home (900 sq feet) and it takes being creative on a daily basis for me to make it all work. thanks for taking them time to post about your home and how you make it work!

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