Schoolroom Spotlight: Homeschooling from Our Apartment

If you visited our homeschool space a year ago, you would’ve seen the breakfast nook off of the kitchen in our house. You would’ve seen our old farmhouse table, covered with paint splatters from many a mixed media project and you would’ve seen our bookshelves and two closets full of supplies and curricula we amassed through the years.

That’s not the case these days. We sold our home and downsized in order to prepare for our latest adventure as a family in ministry: church planting. Now we’re homeschooling from our apartment and, you guessed it, doing so without a designated schoolroom.

Schoolroom Spotlight: Homeschooling from Our Apartment

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I’d be lying if I said I don’t miss our old homeschool room at all, but we’ve homeschooled without a schoolroom before and transitioning back to that setup hasn’t been a big deal for us.

Here’s how we’re making it work even though we’ve cut our square footage considerably.

Homeschooling from Our Apartment:
Our Home and School Space

Since we’ve downsized, our living space and our homeschooling space are indeed one and the same. Most of our written schoolwork happens around our dining room table, which is open to the living space in our apartment.

Schoolroom Spotlight: Homeschooling from Our Apartment
Our computer nook is also in our dining space. I don’t necessarily love looking at it while we eat meals as a family, but it’s certainly convenient from a homeschooling standpoint. It’s not uncommon at all for me to have one kiddo working at the table while the other works on the computer nearby.

Schoolroom Spotlight: Homeschooling from Our Apartment
When we’re not working at the table or on the computer, we’re in our living space. This is our favorite (and only) spot to curl up with a blanket and read aloud or watch documentaries together.

Now that you’ve seen the cleaned up versions of these spaces, here are some day-to-day glimpses of our home and school space while in use.

Homeschooling from Our Apartment:
Real Life Snapshots

I’d love to tell you that our apartment is super neat and organized 24 hours a day and seven days a week, but it’s not. In fact, if you were to drop by and see us around 10 a.m. on a weekday, it’s entirely possibly you’d have a hard time finding our tabletop.


You’d see that busy tabletop and then notice my little one working on Reading Eggs while she waits for the table to clear a bit. Then you would see her switch with my big kid after he finished some of his written work. At this point she would spread out at the table and he would move to the computer to practice coding or work on Animation-ish.

Schoolroom Spotlight: Homeschooling from Our Apartment
And if you stayed long enough, you would see us in the floor practicing Spanish with our Dice Off game. There might even be some pet-related shenanigans involved.

Schoolroom Spotlight: Homeschooling from Our Apartment

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As you can see, we don’t necessarily have a space that screams homeschooling now unless we’re in the midst of homeschooling, but that’s okay. Our homeschool life was never about the space anyway. It’s about who we are and how we live.

Homeschooling from Our Apartment:
Managing Our Storage Needs

You’ve seen the mess involved with homeschooling from our apartment, but you’ve also seen the, ahem, cleaner version of our space. We’re able to pull this off each day because of some tips I shared about homeschooling with an open floor plan.

We’re not dealing with a designated homeschool room anymore, but we still put everything away at the end of our homeschool time. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it makes a big difference in helping us keep our space in order.

Our School Closet

With a few exceptions, all of our homeschool supplies live in a single linen closet. If it doesn’t fit, we can’t buy it. That means we’re relying more on Kindle editions and library books so that our homeschool doesn’t take over our small space. It also means we’re no longer storing homeschool resources that *might* be useful in the future. If we aren’t using it, we don’t have room for it.

Schoolroom Spotlight: Homeschooling from Our Apartment
In all honesty, the school closet is a hot mess most of the time, but there is some thought put into where everything is placed. Books and resources on the top shelves are items that aren’t needed every day, but we still need to access fairly often. That’s also where most of the supply boxes stay. If they were too much lower, they would tempt the little hands in my home. 😉

Middle shelves contain art supplies, binders, and current resources for both of my kiddos, and games or kits used to supplement our lessons.

Schoolroom Spotlight: Homeschooling from Our Apartment
And then there’s the floor.

The mess in that closet floor makes me jittery sometimes, but I also realize that there are some things my kids need to be able to access without me. That’s why our Playmags, Snap Circuits, crayons, coloring books, and lots of free reading books are there.

Other Storage

We’ve done a good job reducing our storage needs, but we still have more books than our closet can handle. Though it may not be ideal, we store some of those books out in the open. Between a couple of well-placed book baskets and our living room bookshelf, we’ve got a spot for everything important.

Schoolroom Spotlight: Homeschooling from Our Apartment

Having a spot for everything is what makes homeschooling in an apartment work for us. That, and making sure everything returns to said spot after use, that is.

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Need help homeschooling in a small space? If so, take a look at these small space homeschooling tips and check out my chapter in The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas, Volume 2.

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4 thoughts on “Schoolroom Spotlight: Homeschooling from Our Apartment

  1. LOVE this post, Emily! It’s a real encouragement to cut clutter and be creative with the use of space and resources no matter WHERE or HOW we live…
    Thanks for sharing this!

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