I’m always looking for ways to save money in my homeschool, and I’m also constantly in need of  homeschool storage.

In this video I talk about cheap, inexpensive homeschool storage ideas- using cardboard boxes, plastic bins, and pretty much whatever you can around the house that can help you stay organized.

Although I really like our IKEA store, and office supply stores too (like Office Depot or Office Max), sometimes our budget just doesn’t quite stretch long enough to purchase what I need at the moment.  So instead of waiting for months to save up for classroom furniture and supplies, I try to use what I can to create my own storage methods (similar to creating my own supplies- like the $3 felt board I made a few years ago).

And sometimes I do really well scouting for and finding things at our local Dollar Store, or even good basement bargains at Walmart or Target when there’s a sale. watch my video to find out more about some ideas I have for finding low-cost items for homeschool storage.

So, here’s a quick run-down on how to create quick run-down of homeschool storage items we use to store our supplies.

Pencil boxes

These are easy and generally only cost between $1-$3 at a local Target or Dollar Store.  Pencil boxes can work for all sorts of items- not just pencils!

Old tubs and bins.

I’m always on the lookout for old containers, like margarine tubs, or plastic food containers no longer in use.  I use these to store really small items like erasers and thumbtacks, or even art items like magnets and small crafts pieces.

Mason jars and old food jars and cans.

I try to stock up on mason jars and sometimes I have a few that I’m not using for food.  When I do, I use them to store pencils, pens, colored pencils and markers.  Spaghettie jars and old food cans, thoroughly washed, unlabeled (and relabeled if you like) can also serve really well to store tall items like pencils and rulers.


Cardboard boxes always come in handy, and whenever we buy a pair of shoes, I keep the boxes for storage (sometimes).  If it’s a really sturdy box,  I like to visualize how it’s shape and size can be used to store some craft or school supply items I have lying around.  Now that my kids are a bit older, my youngest enjoys super crafting in her bedroom, and she can always use an extra shoebox for storing bigger items like large spools or ribbon, yarn, and material.

These are all my ideas for cheap (or inexpensive) storage solutions for your homeschool! Let me know if you use any of them and what works for you.

About Demetria Zinga

Demetria is a homeschooling mom and mompreneur who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters, and a dog. She currently runs two podcasts for homeschool moms and moms in business, writes songs, and spends lots of time at coffee shops. Her goal is to be an encourager and motivator of women, helping them to find success and joy in homeschooling, business, and motherhood.

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