I was hesitant on sharing our homeschool space.
I know that too often, its easy to get lost in the details of the homeschool room and the homeschool decor and all the homeschool supplies. It's easy to get caught up in all the things and lose focus on what is of utmost importance--our children.
We've homeschooled in four different houses in the past 8 years, and we only had an official homeschool room in one of them. It was beautiful and colorful and dreamy, but we moved six months after I put it all together. Since then, we've homeschooled in a dining room, a smaller dining room, and now in a living and dining room combo.
Regardless of the space, however, I'm here to tell you that it wasn't the room that my children remembered. . . it was the memories that we shared.
Our current space is large and open, but it didn't come without challenges. For one, it is right in the center of our home, so I didn't have as much creative freedom with the colors and decor. We also have a large wall filled with big picture windows, which meant that I couldn't put anything up against it or on it. The space is very open, so it's also easy for it to feel cluttered and overwhelming with just a few misplaced items.
I had to get creative with baskets, boxes, and bookcases and functional decor. I purchased secondhand items to keep them "kid-friendly" and usable. And I used a traditional piece to house all of our bright and bulky homeschool preschool items.
Over the years, however, it has come together. It is welcoming and inviting for our children and for our guests when we practice hospitality. It is a space where we gather each day--whether we homeschool or not. It’s where we snuggle with good books, work through a difficult math problem, or dance and sing to the B-I-B-L-E song. It’s where we welcome guests for dinners or sit and chat during playdates.
There are touches of beauty and coziness with lots of functionality. And that's what I'm hoping you'll take away from this video. You can make whatever space you have work for you and your family.
Homeschool rooms are wonderful, but they are not necessary. All you need is a place to store your materials, and a little beauty to add a welcoming touch.
The truth is that what YOU bring into the space will matter more than anything else. Your smiles, your hugs, your joy poured out into your children each and every day. That's what they'll remember most.
I promise. . .
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