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Storage is always an issue when homeschooling. There are so many items that need the perfect storage container, shelf or bin. Each year new books and materials are added to the mix. It's a never ending battle.
This year our morning work shelf was overflowing. Each kiddo has:
- Three workbooks
- One book from the library
- Daily journal
- Writing notebook
- Writing resources folder
- White board
No matter how much effort the kiddos put forth, trying to keep their books and materials organized and neat, it wasn't working. There was stuff everywhere.
That doesn't even take into consideration how hard it was to move all of their materials from one place to another when it was time to work.
And then I found the best schoolbook storage hack ever!
large utility caddies in the clearance aisle. They were bigger than others I had seen, and only had two compartments, one on each side. The compartments were large enough to store the kiddos' workbooks horizontally. They happened to be teal too, matching our learning time room perfectly.
I couldn't resist purchasing them.
When I had the caddies at home, I transferred all of the kiddos morning work material over. At first I was worried it might be difficult to use. Some materials stood up higher than the handle. But, I was wrong. It was extremely easy to grab hold of the handle with everything in it.
I worried about the weight of the caddy with all of the materials in it. But, because of the handle, and materials balanced on each side, it was super easy to handle.
Before the caddy, the kiddos were trying to carry their materials, stacked on top of each other from the shelf to their work spaces and back. Inevitably, someone's books or crayons always fell. Now we don't have to worry about that. The kiddos can carry their caddies anywhere.
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