When it comes to stuff, I am a minimalist. My husband and I lived aboard a 35’ sailboat for six years and whenever we brought anything new aboard the boat, something had to go. Many items had multiple purposes - the table dropped down into a bed, and my sewing machine was also used as a step. When we had our first daughter, the navigation desk was a changing table.
Now that we’re living in a spacious (to us) 1200 square foot house, we still try to make conscious decisions about what stays and what has to go (or not come through the door at all).
I homeschool my daughters. Occasionally I see immaculate, beautiful homeschool classrooms when browsing Pinterest for new games, crafts, or activities. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it), we do not have a dedicated classroom in our home - we’re either schooling at the kitchen table, outside, at the library, or at grandma and grandpas. I love portable, versatile items that can hold up to just about every situation and aren’t too bulky.
My homeschool style is eclectic. We don’t fit into any one category, although if I had to put a label on our style, I’d say we were project-based. We enjoy a hands-on approach, focusing on nature, science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and literature.
I also host a once-a-week homeschool group, so my house and supplies are sometimes used with a dozen kids instead of just my two.
Another important aspect of homeschool items is that I want quality items that will stand the test of time (and children using them). I need a microscope that my four-year-old can use throughout her schooling, not something she’ll outgrow in a few years.
While this list is not exhaustive, I do hope that it will get you headed in the right direction in planning your homeschool classroom!