The dining room table is littered with books. The kitchen is littered with bowls, pots, pans, and chopped fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, butter, cheese, yogurt and jerky are everywhere. This is actually a very good sign. Life is almost back to normal at Homeschool Planet. Even the chores are getting done!
If there are two items that would make my life infinitely more manageable, it would be a dishwasher and a bookshelf. Although one bookshelf would not do; a set of bookshelves might do. Separate desks for the boys would also be great as would cozy chairs and better lighting.
Although for now, a new septic system is preferable.
You see, when you homeschool and cook almost every single thing from scratch, the kitchen and schooling areas feel like industrial spaces. It’s true almost every room is heavily used but the plumbing system, the kitchen and the shelves and tables and seating areas are in constant disarray. This has probably been the most difficult thing to adapt to at home. We’re almost always in it and always using ALL of it. If you don’t really like your space, it can be depressing. But if your space doesn’t really work for all the uses required of it, it’s very frustrating. There’s a reason why I like to escape to my mom’s as much as possible – and it’s not just for someone else’s cooking.
But, hey, the kids supposedly won’t remember the disarray when they’re adults, right? Only the fun times are important! The academics! The socialization! Their well-rounded-ness!
If you homeschool, how do you manager your space? Do you have a separate room or building specifically for school or do you school on the dining room table like we do? If you do use the dining room table, do you just eat dinner around whatever subject or project that needs to stay out? I would LOVE ideas about managing our homeschool-dining-living space!