Our learning area and my new desk space.

Welcome to our learning area aka part of the kitchen. 🙂 Ignore the ugly red…as soon as I have a spare minute, that color will be gone. 
So this is where we do all of our groupwork and the littles do their *sit down* work {math, spelling, handwriting etc}. 
A close up of part of our school storage. The brown storage bins contain craft supplies, puzzles, calendar pieces, small education games, etc. Notebooks, journals, empty {YAY!} storage space on the 2nd row, and the 3rd row holds all of our school supplies {pencils, crayons, glue, scissors, etc} in labeled storage tubs.
All group work printables and Drake’s work for the year are stored here.  I love having all of those papers just waiting for me to pull them out for the kiddos.  Saves a LOT of time!
Right through the white doors
in top picture is old pantry turned library/school storage/office entryway.  One side contains most of our home library, some math and language arts workbooks and file folder games {blue and green magazine holders}. Then a corner of things that still a home. 🙂  This is definitely a work in progress.  Someday soon I’d like to take everything out of this area and repaint the shelves, finish off the sheet rock where we tore down the back wall {entrance into my desk area}, and then paint the walls to match the future color of the kitchen.
This is the other side of the old pantry. From top to bottom: paints, flashcards, and items I don’t want in the hands of my littlest littles {gorilla glue!! armor etch glue!! etc}. Some of my teacher manuals, some small storage tubs {more things I don’t want the littlest littles to have….glitter, stamps, bingo markers, magnets}, and all of our math manipulatives.  Blue storage tub full of various math games, binders of curriculum, and some of our group work books.  Our Ikea paper roll that I LOVE and a couple of storage tubs with office supplies. Below that are some of our workboxes.  We don’t really use the workbox system like it’s intended.  I like the idea of the workbox system but I think a couple of the boys are just too young yet.  Really they don’t have much *independent* work anyway.  I pretty much have to work one-on-one with them on the majority of their work.  I’m not sure how we’re going to use these in the future but for now we just have individual work and some group work books stored in them.
These last two pictures show my new desk area.  I was standing in the middle of the old pantry {with the library on one side and school storage on the other}, looking at what used to be the back wall of the pantry.  We knocked it out to expose a small storage area that previously was only accessible from the garage and back yard {yes, there are TWO doors in my desk area…lol}.  I love this space SO much and try to only allow pretty girly things in it…..you know, since I’m the boy mama of FIVE, there isn’t a whole lot of room in the house for pink and sparkles. The desk is actually a 10 ft countertop.  I have space to plan for school, run our business, AND do some paper scrapbooking!   It’s still a work in progress too. I need to find some kind of flooring. The cabinets need to be painted.  I need to find a home for a few more things. And to the far right of the bottom picture is a hidden space around the corner that needs a lot of work. There is a set of shelves that hide all of the things I don’t want out in the open yet, a couple rolling storage carts that I haven’t put to use yet….and one of our water heaters. 🙂  That’s why I didn’t take a picture of that space…it’s ugly still. BUT nobody can see it unless they walk around there so for now it stays hidden. Ha!
 So that’s it! Our learning area and my desk space!!  For now anyway….  We have plans of turning our garage into a family room so that ugly red wall with our calendar stuff on it may end up being a huge pass-thru/bar soon.
Until then, it’s where we do school!!
Oh the joys of remodeling an older house!! 🙂
Thanks for taking a tour of our learning area!  Hope you enjoyed it!

Not Back to School Blog Hop

A place for everything: Gift Wrapping Supplies.

Two things before I get to the point of this post:

1. I am posting this from my PHONE! Ha! I love it. I originally downloaded the Blogger app to read my subscriptions but that didn’t work out so well. I found a better *app for that* and them forgot to delete the Blogger app. Guess what….it’s becoming a pretty handy app now! I have so little time at the desktop now with the baby. You know…all the rocking, feeding, diaper changing, cuddling, and playing. When I do have free time, it’s usually just enough time to check a few things off the must do list and then back to baby time. Trust me, I’m not complaining. 🙂 I’d rather rock Joshua than do just about anything else anyway. Now I can blog AND rock!!

2. I am experiencing serious baby brain drain. I’m pretty sure I have forgotten way more than I have remembered over the past few months. It’s terrible!! If I don’t write it down, it doesn’t get done. You’re about to see evidence of this insane forgetfulness below.

So someone pinned this cool picture onto Pinterest. (yes I used my phone for this pic! lol)

I loved it but forgot about it probably two seconds after I repinned it. A couple months later, I’m cruising the isles at Walmart, trying to remember what I needed when I saw this.

I could NOT remember what I wanted it for but I could at least remember I needed it. I grabbed it and took it home…where it sat in the kitchen floor behind the garage door for a couple of weeks…lonely and forgotten.

Finally two weeks ago I got it out and attempted to remember what it’s purpose was to be in my home.

No, it didn’t fit on the inside of the sink cabinets.

No, I didn’t get it to fill that wasted space in the school closet.

I didn’t need it above the washer and dryer.

Not in the master bath.

Not in the hall bath.

Surely I didn’t get it to hang on a bedroom door.

Ok well forget it. I decided I was out of my mind when I bought it and would take it back on my next trip to town. So it sat once again on my kitchen floor behind the garage door.
Today, as I remembered it again, it hit me. GIFT WRAPPING STATION!! {duh!}

So here it is in all it’s glory.

 I didn’t have room to use one of the shelves for its intended purpose so I turned it upside down as a *cap* for the rolls of wrapping paper. Also I then realized sheets of tissue paper will fit nicely in between the spaces and help hold up the wrapping paper!

Now time to search for the rest of my gifting wrapping supplies. Somewhere in this house are more gift bags (I totally save bags from birthdays and other special occasions to reuse….bags are expensive!!!), ribbons, wrapping paper, and tissue paper. I put *search for gift wrapping supplies* at the bottom of my must do list so surely I will get to it by fall. 😉