Garage Sale Furniture For Homeschool
When we began homeschooling, we used furniture we had available in our home – a little book shelf, a tv stand and a larger book shelf. As we have continued to homeschool, we have made a conscious effort to use items in our home or from garage sales. So far, we have been able to accomplish that with very few new purchases.
Last year, we added a large desk for our computer hub from a yard sale.
This year, we took part of the desk out and added a few brand new items, breaking with all garage sale items, but maintaining a frugal budget.
In the picture above, you can see the first small book shelf that friends gave us who were moving to Australia, our Garage sale desk and…a books helf from the same garage sale. The chair was my mother’s and the chair at the computer desk belonged to friends moving to China….. All in all, this is one of my favorite places in our home…the windows are just beautiful and are one reason, I want to keep this room as open as possible.
Our biggest additions this year is our white board. It is actually a shower wall from a local hardware store. My husband purchased it for $11, cut it down and hung part of it in this room. The other purchase is our storage area with 5 bins. I purchased this entire storage unit and hte baskets for less than $50. It is a great way to store some of our manipulative, supplies and it’s where we store some of the items my husband and I need to maintain our home schedule, etc. This wall holds my youngest son’s calendar, his white board that is magnetic for his phonics program and if you look above that, you’ll see some clothes pins on the wall. My youngest decorated them, I attached them to the wall with two-sided tape and use this space to hold his art work. And…we added a bean bag this year. Hopefully, I’ll be able to add two more soon.
Bible, Worldview and Nature Center
We use our entire home for learning…including our large family room. In this room, we keep our games for the week (not all of our games….I store most in our pantry under our stairs, but I bring new ones out each week and place them on the fire-place.) Next to the fire-place is our nature center, where the children keep their shells, fossils, rocks and any little creatures living in jars. On the opposite side of the room, I have some of our read aloud books, our Bibles, Worldview curriculum, Nature books and projects my daughter and i are working on for knitting/crocheting.
Dining Room Learning
Our dining room is now multi-purpose. This room has the best lighting and it’s also where we hung the other part of the white board. I found a great little basket to keep in the middle…where we store our daily supplies: Pencils, color pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, whiteboard markers, and other supplies. Yes, those are mason jars. I LOVE using mason jars for storage. My Dad brought me a huge supply of those several years ago…so, they are a great reminds of my Father’s love as we go through our day.
Music and Play Room
Next to our dining room is what would be our Formal Living room. This is our play room. In it, we have a couch and book shelf purchased at a yard sale…and a piano purchased at a yard sale, too. It needs a little work, but it is a great way to begin….as we are just beginning piano lessons this year.
Outdoor Learning Area
The other major place we homeschool, is our back yard. We have a great tree house, patio and zip-line……so, if you ever need to find us…..just shout around back, you’ll hear us laughing and having a good time together.
I hope you have enjoyed our humble home…where we use what we can and do our best to maintain a humble budget. Before you go, do not forgot to subscribe to Mom’s Mustard Seeds for our daily adventures and opportunities to receive encouragement throughout your days.
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