Homeschool Organization Ideas ~ Part 2

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It’s a new year and many have organization on the brain. If you’re anything like me, you can always use some homeschool organization tips and ideas! While these are geared towards homeschoolers, most of these ideas will be great for anyone with kids!

This is the second post in our 2 part series,

you can see part 1 here!

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Below you will see how we organize our theme based printables, early childhood units, crayons and more! Developing good organizational habits has really helped keep our entire home cleaner and assists everyone with finding what they are looking for!

Organize Your Homeschool Part 2

Storing Theme Based Printables

Do you use theme based printables? Having a method of organizing is a MUST!  See what we did when my kids were younger here! Not using theme based learning in your homeschool for your young kids? See how we plan for a theme based unit here!

Storing Theme Based Early Childhood Printables

Prep for Preschool Units

A simple office paper organizer saved my sanity when prepping for preschool units, see all about how we used one here! Not sure what to do with your preschooler at home? See our post – Following the Lead of Your Young Child here!

Organizing Preschool Units

Bag the ABCs

Wondering why I bagged the ABCs? This post will share why! This bag method saved my sanity when we were doing letter units!

Letter Collection

Label All of the Supplies

However you choose to store your supplies, be sure you have them labeled so everyone {not just mom} can find them! Download our free school supply labels here!    school supply labels

Corral the Colors

Do you have loads of extra crayons, markers and colored pencils? Always missing a certain color? See the blog post this photo came from here. We use photo ledges from Ikea and the storage containers that fit on the ledge. I couldn’t find our exact containers online, they are similar to these, I found them in the kitchen section at the store.

Loose colors go in the little cups! This has saved so much sanity! My kids often have their own full set of markers/crayons/etc. but this is great for any loose finds and makes it easy if you are looking for a specific color you don’t have!

Homeschool-Room- Storing Crayons

Homeschool Room Ideas

I love peeking into other homes to see homeschool areas. Whether you have an entire homeschool room, or you school all over the home, being organized is key to sanity! Take a peek into our current schoolroom and our past schoolrooms below. Also take a peek into an awesome homeschool room from Homeschool Creations.    Homeschool Room 2015-2016

Homeschool Room Tour 2013    Homeschool Room

Homeschool-Room from Homeschool Creations

Here’s a quick recap of the ideas shared in this post:

Did you miss part 1?

See more Homeschool Organization Ideas here!

Organize Your Homeschool

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Homeschool Organization Ideas ~ Part 1

Homeschool Organization Ideas

It’s a new year and many have organization on the brain. If you’re anything like me, you can always use some homeschool organization tips and ideas! While these are geared towards homeschoolers, since this is a homeschool blog, most of these ideas will be great for anyone with kids! This is the first of a 2 part series for you, which will share our top ideas for homeschool organization!

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Below you will see how we organize our play dough supplies, our toys, our sensory bin supplies, our books and our office/school supplies! Developing good organizational habits has really helped keep our entire home cleaner and assists everyone with finding what they are looking for!

Organize Your Homeschool

Organize the Play Dough & Supplies

Have Play dough?  Need to organize the supplies?  Here’s the method we have used for years to keep our play dough supplies organized! This post also contains free printables for the box label and also an ABC play dough chart.

Busy Hands Play Dough Box

Simplify the Sensory Bin Supplies

In our Simple Sensory Bin Solutions you can see how we organize all of the STUFF associated with sensory bins.In this post you’ll see the items we use, how we store them, and ideas for sensory bins!

Simple Sensory Bin Collection

Tame the Toys

See how we organize and store toys in our house. Keeping them organized is key for my sanity and helps with toy rotation. Learn how to make custom labels for your toy bins and all about our favorite toy storage supplies!

Tame the Toys

Sort the Supplies

We have used this over the door shoe organizer to sort smaller supplies for many years.  This is such a great way to centralize the location of certain items for the entire family. See more about this tried and true supply organization method here.

organizing school and office supplies in an over the door shoe hanger

Color Code the Kids

Color coding kids is something we have done for years but don’t have as much of a need for it now that our kids are older.  Back in the younger kid days this was a much-loved method.

Color Coded Homeschool Supplies

      

Organize the Books

When my kids were younger and theme based books were used ALL the time, this method made my life so much easier. Inexpensive magazine holders, books sorted by theme, see more about it here!

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Stay tuned for part 2, filled with even more homeschool organization ideas!

Here’s a quick recap of the ideas shared in this post:

More ideas coming soon!

Homeschool Organization Ideas



How We Print All of the Homeschool Curriculum

Print it all with HP Instant Ink

{Note- this is not a sponsored post, I bought our printer on Amazon and pay full price for Instant Ink. My Instant Ink referral link is used in this post. I have also used affiliate links for the products linked in this post}

Homeschoolers print a lot. We use a lot of ink. For our family, HP Instant Ink has been an incredible solution for our printing needs! We have had this specific printer for over 2 years now and it is still going strong!  It’s an HP Deskjet 8610, it is here on Amazon. I am using HP’s Instant Ink service and love it!

One of the BEST things about Instant Ink – each page counts as 1 page no matter how much ink you use! If you are printing full color pages this makes the subscription a HUGE savings! I wish I had this service back when I was printing loads of Tot School and Preschool printables!

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There are many HP printers that are compatible with Instant Ink, here’s the list from their site. Be sure to double check yourself on their site before purchasing. I copied this list in May 2017.

  • HP ENVY 4500 Series
  • HP ENVY 5530 Series
  • HP ENVY 5660 Series
  • HP ENVY 7640 Series
  • HP Officejet 4630 Series
  • HP Officejet 5740 Series
  • HP Officejet 8040 Series with Neat®
  • HP Officejet Pro 6830 Series
  • HP Officejet Pro 8610 Series
  • HP Officejet Pro 8620 Series
  • HP Officejet Pro 8630 Series

The basics of Instant Ink…

You sign up and they send you a starter pack.  When you use my referral link we BOTH get a free month of Instant Ink!!! You wait to install the starter pack until your initial ink runs out.  Your Instant Ink subscription does not begin until you install the first instant ink cartridge.

The printer connects wirelessly to HP and automatically tracks your pages printed and how much ink you have left.

New ink is sent to you before you run out, you don’t even have to think about it! The ink sent to you is “free” as it is included in your monthly cost.

 

Monthly Plan Options…

I am now on the $9.99/month plan for 300 pages. This also means I can roll over up to 300 pages to the next month if I don’t use them. I can go over 300 pages if needed an pay $1 over 25 pages. Below you can see the different monthly options.

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If you are in need of a new printer, I highly recommend getting an HP printer that is compatible with their Instant Ink subscription service.



How We Save Money on Printer Ink

How to save money on printer ink

{Note- this is not a sponsored post, I bought our printer on Amazon and pay full price for our Instant Ink subscription.  I have used affiliate links for the products linked in this post}

I get asked a LOT about what printer we use.  I have never written a post about it because it wasn’t anything special, until now.  Almost a year ago, I bought a new printer and began a new method of ink usage and it is amazing! I finally have a solid recommendation for you!

Want the short version?

It’s an HP Deskjet 8610, get it here on Amazon or here on HP.com.  I am using HP’s Instant Ink service and love it!

Want more details? Keep reading!

 

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I bought our printer in January 2015 after our old printer died.  I was pretty bummed about this because I dislike researching new electronics and didn’t want to start over again.  I had no idea how happy I would be with my purchase! Thankfully I was forced into research and turns out I am saving myself money even with a new purchase!

It was through this research that I learned about HP’s Instant Ink subscription service.  I was completely skeptical but I am a number cruncher so I began analyzing and soon realized this would save me a TON of money! I honestly couldn’t believe that this would save me money and be easier.

The printer comes with starter ink, so my Instant Ink subscription box sat unused for many months!  The ink that came with the printer lasted several months for me!

The basics of Instant Ink

You sign up and they send you a starter pack.  You wait to install the starter pack until your initial ink runs out.  Your Instant Ink subscription does not begin until you install the first instant ink cartridge.

The printer connects wirelessly to HP and automatically tracks your pages printed and how much ink you have left.

New ink is sent to you before you run out, you don’t even have to think about it! The ink sent to you is “free” as it is included in your monthly cost. I am still using the initial cartridges almost a year later.

Let’s do the math…

I was buying ink cartridges at least 2-3 times per year {high usage in the early childhood years}. Each set with my old printer cost me around $100 for each set.  I did NOT use generic ink, I always personally had quality issues when I tried, so I stopped and only used brand ink. Let’s say I only used 1 new cartridge set per year at around $100 for the set.

I am now on the $4.99/month plan for 100 pages which is $59.88 a year plus tax. Ummm, see the savings?  Yeah, even with the 9.99/month plan at $120 a year I save!

The cool thing about Instant Ink – each page counts as 1 page no matter how much ink you use! If you are printing full color pages this makes the subscription a HUGE savings! I wish I had this service back when I was printing loads of Tot School and Preschool printables!

 

HP Instant Ink Subscription Plans

 

Here’s a screenshot of our current usage.  You can see we are on the $4.99/month plan which includes 100 pages.  I am barely scratching the surface of this right now!  I have used 21 pages for this month and still have 100 rollover pages! When I have rollover pages like this, I will go on a printing frenzy at the end of the month to get ahead on printing for certain subjects.

Instant Ink Current Use

 

Final thoughts…

If you are in need of a new printer, I highly recommend getting an HP printer that is compatible with their Instant Ink subscription service. The printer itself is reasonably priced and has worked beautifully for me for a year so far.

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