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Tips for Creating a Dual-Purpose Dining Room and Homeschool Classroom

August 26, 2020

No need to completely give up your kitchen or dining room table for homeschooling. We’ve got organizing tricks that can take your space from classroom to dining room and back again in just a matter of minutes.


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Classroom by Day, Dining Room by Night

Creating an at-home classroom is a must for a lot of families right now, but not everyone has a spare room that they can give up five days a week. See how we’ve created a makeshift classroom that can be adapted to most kitchen and dining spaces. Best of all, it can easily be put away at the end of the day, so families still have a place to eat without being surrounded by school supplies.

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Swap Dishware for School Supplies

If your dining space has a hutch or sideboard full of rarely used serving ware (read: turkey platters and holiday dishes), move those pieces elsewhere and replace them with school supplies. Here, we color-coded each kid’s supplies to make it simple and easy for them to stay organized and on task.

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Under-Chair Storage

When transitioning from school time to mealtime, this simple but effective trick makes it easy to quickly clear off the table. Just add wire baskets (these were about $8 each) to the chair legs using string. We also attached rubber bands underneath the strings to prevent the string and baskets from sliding down.

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Add Name Tags to Baskets

Go the extra organized mile and add name tags to the under-chair baskets so each child has their own designated space to minimize confusion and clutter.

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