Homeschool Room Ideas On a Budget

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HOW WE BUDGET FOR HOMESCHOOL

Having a functional homeschool space can make a huge difference in how your day will flow. Some families have a dedicated homeschool room and some have several rooms or spaces around the house.

We are in the latter camp and have about 5 areas around the house that we do most of our indoor learning.

If you are on a budget, you’ve come to the right place.

We live on about 45% of our income and our homeschool expense is the 3rd highest in our expense category (right after rent and groceries).

Home budget pie chart

Our homeschool expense this year is about $4,245. However, a little more than half of that is private piano lessons for both kids. 

So far this year, our general homeschool expense is about $2,048 (including projected expenses for the rest of the year). This includes everything from curricula, supplies, decor, and anything homeschool-related.

Extracurricular (piano & sports) is $2,197. It’s actually a little lower than last year since we didn’t do any sports during the summer due to the pandemic.

We highly prioritize learning/homeschool and adjust our other expenses so we stay within our budget.

Homeschool expenses chart

Our homeschool expense this year is about $4,245. However, a little more than half of that is private piano lessons for both kids. 

So far this year, our general homeschool expense is about $2,048 (including projected expenses for the rest of the year). This includes everything from curricula, supplies, decor, and anything homeschool-related.

Extracurricular (piano & sports) is $2,197. It’s actually a little lower than last year since we didn’t do any sports during the summer due to the pandemic.

We highly prioritize learning/homeschool and adjust our other expenses so we stay within our budget.

Homeschool room

Mainly, we come in here when we are doing Five in a Row social studies, math, and language arts.

The kids always like to do different worksheet activities here like mazes and coloring.

It’s easy because I can print out whatever activity right there on my desk and they have their own little space to color and draw.

The kids’ table and chairs are from Wal-Mart. It’s been 3 years since I bought it, but it was around $50. I can’t find the exact ones online, you may have to go into the store and see if they have the same one or similar ones. Target or Ikea may have decently priced ones as well.

The 3-tier carts are from Michaels.

The silver cart holds all their pencils, markers, color pencils, crayons, rulers, erasers, glue, tapes, scrap paper, etc.

The rose gold one holds all their homeschool curriculum workbooks and morning basket materials.

I like the fact that there are wheels on these so they can be moved around.

Homeschool room organization

My office desk was free off of Craigslist over 5 years ago, it’s the Galant corner desk from Ikea.

All the wall posters and stickers are from Dollar Tree and Target dollar spot.

With the exception of the scratch off world map, I got that from Amazon. Similar to this one.

Homeschool decor map

READING AREA

This is our reading area or sometimes play area too.

Homeschool reading area

The cube storage shelf and lamp I purchased recently from Target.

The accent chairs are from Target too but it’s been over 3 years.

The big Yogibo (aka the most comfortable place to nap) is nice to cozy up on when we are reading. We invested in this one. It was either a couch or this and we went with the Yogibo. We move around so much and I thought this will be easier and lighter to pack than another couch.

The gray rug is from eSalerugs, it’s thick and soft.

We spent quite a bit of money for this area. Yogibo, cube storage shelf, rug, and lamp came out of our home maintenance/decor budget, not our homeschool budget.

PIANO AREA

I am including our piano area because we spend quite a bit of time here as well. Each day (except for Sabbath), it takes me about 1.5 hrs to go through practice with both kids.

I think half the time I am trying to get them to stop foolin’ around! LOL! 

Homeschool space piano area

The piano I purchased from Costco about 3 years ago. It’s the Casio CDP-235R, a digital piano with 88 weighted keys. I can’t find it on Costco’s website, but here is the same one from Wal-Mart.

The piano bench is from Amazon. That blue stool is from Daiso for like $3 I think (LOL!), not made to be a piano stool but it helps the kids since they are not tall enough yet.

This is our first piano and I really didn’t know if the kids would stick to it or not (so far so good though!). I didn’t want to get an acoustic one yet because we move around a lot. Digital keyboards can easily be boxed up and put in the back of the trunk if need be (which we had

The piano I purchased from Costco about 3 years ago. It’s the Casio CDP-235R, a digital piano with 88 weighted keys. I can’t find it on Costco’s website, but here is the same one from Wal-Mart.

The piano bench is from Amazon. That blue stool is from Daiso for like $3 I think (LOL!), not made to be a piano stool but it helps the kids since they are not tall enough yet.

This is our first piano and I really didn’t know if the kids would stick to it or not (so far so good though!). I didn’t want to get an acoustic one yet because we move around a lot.

Digital keyboards can easily be boxed up and put in the back of the trunk if need be (which we had to do couple years ago when we evacuated from Hurricane Florence!).

Anyway, the 10-drawer storage system is from Michaels. It holds papers and some activity books.

Homeschool Room Ideas On a Budget

KITCHEN TABLE

Ah…the good ol’ homeschooler’s kitchen table. Yup, we spend quite a bit of time here too.

Sometimes, we do morning time here.

Most of the time, it’ll be arts & crafts, science experiments, and of course baking.

Homeschool kitchen table area

The table we got off of Craiglist almost 5 years ago for like $50, the chair were free (someone was throwing them away), the kids and I had fun painting them.

ARTS & CRAFTS AND PLAY PLACE

This is our little bonus room. It doesn’t have any windows, which is a HUGE bummer. But, we do the best we can with the twinkle lights.

Since there’s no carpet in this room, we do some arts and crafts in here. This way, if paint drips on the floor I can easily clean it up.

I also store their crafts and toys in here. 

The table and small trampoline I got off FB marketplace for $20, and chairs are about $20 online.

Plastic bins were free, round tote bins are from Aldi.

Arts and Crafts Homeschool Room

HOMESCHOOL SUPPLIES CLOSET

Here I store extra supplies and books that we are not currently using.

Homeschool storage

I also store board games, toys, and Kiwico boxes here.

Why do I have so many Kiwico boxes you might be wondering? LOL!

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We’ve been doing the Kiwi, Tinker, and Koala crates for over a year now.

It’s great way to incorporate STEM in your homeschool. It’s very hands-on and the kids are always excited when their boxes arrive in the front door.

Sometimes, we pick out a box the kids have previously done and see if there are any leftover crafts and supplies in there that we can still use.

Also, the kids just like to read the magazines again and play with their creation.

Is it worth it you might ask? Well, after I tried to come up with my own STEM project ideas by browsing through Pinterest and then going out to get my own supplies, let me just say that not only did I wasted my time and money, I lost my sanity too!

If you are not crafty, I highly recommend Kiwico crates. Maybe get the subscription for their birthday or Christmas.

5 TIPS ON HOW TO SAVE ON HOMESCHOOL DECOR AND ORGANIZATION

1. Try getting second hand furnitures like desks, chairs, comfy couches from places like Facebook marketplace or Craigslist. I look for $50 or less. Be realistic and have a budget in mind. I got a lot of bins and totes for free from FB marketplace.

2. Use what you already have at home to organize toys and crafts. Some of us probably have totes and bins lying around that we can just clean out and use again. Mason jars can hold writing and coloring utensils. Small baskets for erasers or glue sticks.

3. If I can’t find what I am looking for then I go online and compare prices between Wal-Mart, Target, and Ikea, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels.

4. You can find cheap but decent wall decor from Dollar Tree, Target Dollar Spot, or even Amazon sometimes. Oh! Don’t forget Aldi!

5. Get rid of what you don’t need. Declutter, donate, recycle, and trash items that are no longer being used. The more stuff we have the more bins, closet space, and totes we need to house them. Organization totes and systems are not cheap and they will add up over time.

OK, YOUR TURN!

So, what’s your go-to place to find affordable furniture, decor, or organization tools and systems?

Let me know in the comment section below! I am always curious to see where people go to save money on homeschool related things. 

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