5 Days of Organizing Your Homeschool Supplies: Boxes

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It’s back to school time! Is your house being overrun by all those school supplies and books? Join me all this week for 5 Days of Organizing Homeschool Supplies.

Today let’s tackle all those little supplies! Crayons. Markers. Scissors. Glue Sticks. Dry Erase Markers. And more.

Ikea Glis Boxes

I found these amazing boxes at Ikea a few years ago. I use them for so many things around our school room now. They are called Glis and are 3/$2.99. They are sturdy little fellas!


We keep all kinds of things in these little boxes. Crayons. Dry Erase Markers. Batteries. Misc office supplies. I love that they have little feet and divots so they stack well on top of each other. Another nice thing – these appear to be available to order online. If you don’t have an Ikea near you, you could order them.

Pencil Boxes

Besides the obvious storage of pens and pencils and such, pencil boxes are great for lots of small supplies. At back to school time, you can find them for less than $1 each.

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I got some like these above at Staples when they were on sale for just $.50 each. Like the Ikea boxes, they stack nicely because of the feet and grooves molded into the plastic. They are not as sturdy as the Ikea boxes, but you can’t do much better than $.50 for a small storage box. Jacob has already accidentally stepped on and cracked one of our new ones, but that’s the risk you run especially with little ones around the house.

I got tired of putting our Unifix cubes back into the tight fitting bag that they came in. These pencil boxes are the perfect size to hold all 10 sticks of 10 block cubes!


There are so many other options for using and repurposing boxes in your homeschool room. My goal is to make supplies easy to put away so I tend to stay away from random sized or basic cardboard boxes. Shoe boxes, index card boxes, and other similar boxes that are sturdy, have good lids, and stack well are good options.

What kind of boxes do you use for organizing? Share in the comments! Leave us a link and show us some pics!

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  1. LOVE my boxes! I use empty baby wipes containers for markers, scissors, etc. They’re perfect!

  2. I use recyclables like yogurt containers, glass jars, baby wipe containers, etc. I also use little bins from dollar tree. Most of our craft stuff goes into a dresser that I found at the dumpster. http://www.kathysclutteredmind.com/2012/08/our-school-room-2012-2013.html

  3. I also use the wipe boxes and have several pencil boxes

  4. OfficeMax has some neat boxes that I can never quite bring myself to buy. I have rewards points there-maybe I’ll use them for this.
    At a yard sale I bought a wooden box that a man had designed to hold cigar boxes that he had painted white and put simple handles on ($5!) and haven’t found the perfect way to use it-maybe I’ve been looking down the wrong road and instead of toys it should hold supplies!

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