I live in a smallish place and do not have a school room. It works out just fine for us. We started homeschooling last fall, the biggest things we have had to do is get creative with storage. I keep art supplies in a kitchen cabinet and in a dresser in the living room. I have a bunch of shelves in the basement for resources we aren't using at the moment. Things like that. IKEA has some neat storage units for smaller houses and there is a website IKEA hacker that shows you how to save money and build some of your own.
We also use work boxes for our day to day work. The workboxes are a wonderful way to organize their school work. It gives them a place to put their unfinished projects and all their school books! I think in a small apt these are a must! We use sterilite drawers and they work perfect. I am keeping my eyes out for something prettier though. You could also assign each child a shelf on a book shelf you already have. I've found in a small space it's important for everything to have a home. You can very quickly get over run with chaos.
The other thing is I don't want my house looking like a school. We do not hang up schoolish posters, big chalkboards, etc. We do hang up all their art work and things like that. I'm not a scrooge.
Each child has a small calendar and small white board. I might buy a bigger white board this year but I plan to store it behind my desk. We have big maps hung in our upstairs hallway, but it is not something I would want down stairs (unless it was a nice decorative map, these are not
) If i think they need a chart for reference then I just print it and put it in a binder for them. I might actually make a mini office for each child this year too. Those look kind of neat.
I'm totally rambling now, but don't let a small space stop you! Get orgainized, find decorative ways to store your stuff, and most important teach your kids to clean up after themselves! Good luck!
One more thing if you are on a budget hit up yard sales! I recently found a brand new set of encyclopedias (10.00
) I of course had no where to put them. The very next tag sale I found a shelf for 2.00.
Now we have a place for our Encyclopedias and a little book nook for reading.