Ever since I decided to do Montessori inspired homeschool with my daughter I have been in the process of setting up our home to be a little more Montessori friendly. With my background in Occupational Therapy, setting things up for increased independence for my daughter was already something I had planned on doing. So today I am sharing how we have set up our Montessori home and also some more ideas for setting up your own Montessori home for toddlers.
The easiest part for me to set up our Montessori inspired home was our living room. We took out our TV stand and mounted the TV to wall to give us more floor space. We purchased our shelves and table/chair set from IKEA. We also have a make shift tower that is made from tough cardboard. I plan on switching it out for the pink tower once we save up a little more money for things.
I tend to set up themed activities, but this is kind of a transition week for us. Last week we did a really fun apple theme week. I like to add in some sensory bin activities from my Occupational Therapy background, so the two bottom left bin and baskets are those. We do a mixture of Montessori inspired and Occupational Therapy related activities in our home.
She loves using her little table and chair set and will often take her little activities over to it to play with. She also will eat her breakfast and snacks there.
In our dining room I have set up two storage areas, more for myself than anything. The shelf with the green bins is also from IKEA. This is a place for our markers and crayons, paper, laminating items, play dough play items, and any other activity storage I need. We also have the shelves with the baskets. One basket holds all of our Montessori trays and containers. She will also go over and pull things out from time to time if she wants to play with something.
She also has a drawer in here with a couple of Duplo sets.
Another has miscellaneous items that I need from time to time when setting up her activities. There is also a drawer for baby proofing items. I also put some toys that are plastic and are noise makers that she got for gifts in here. They are a little more out of sight and she doesn’t really play with them.
In our kitchen she has a little broom and sweeping set that we got from Melissa & Doug. I also have a drawer that she is able to reach with all her plates and cups. We had to move the silverware to inside the pantry because she would go in and take the silverware out and play with it constantly and I was having to wash things all the time. But when it is meal time, I open it and let her go in and get her things so she can set the table.
She also helps put away silverware from the dishwasher for me and hands me other items so that I can put them away if they are too high.
Since we found out about Montessori after my daughter was born, her bedroom still has the typical baby and toddler furniture and feel. But since it is upstairs and we are only up there to sleep there at night, I have not focused on changing it yet. Once we move her to another bedroom, I plan on switching things out.
So for some bedroom ideas, check out these amazing posts from some of my fellow Montessori blogger friends.
Deb at Living Montessori Now has this amazing set up on her blog. I absolutely love this one as well.
And if you have more than one child in a bedroom, here is a great idea on how you can set things up for both children. This is from our very own Marie over at Child Led Life.
More Montessori Home Set-Up Inspiration
Looking for more Montessori home set-up inspiration? I have gathered some links and ideas from some other Montessori bloggers for you. Thanks for my friends at the Montessori Blogger Network for sharing these posts with us.
- Our New Montessori Set-Up – Vibrant Wanderings
- Homeschooling Room Tour – Natural Beach Living
- Our Toddler Living Room Space – NDUOMA
- Our Toddler Bedroom Space – NDUOMA
- Our Montessori Home – When Hippos Talk
- Personal Care in a Montessori Home – Vibrant Wanderings
- Seriously Montessori – Rising Joyfulness
- Toilet Learning & Set Up – Rising Joyfulness
- Montessori inspired Toddler Environment – Montessori Nature
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