BUT, we do our school work on our dining room table, which, of course, we also use for everything else under the sun, including eating, so we can't use the table top for storage. We have a big bookcase in the room, but it's filled with all our saints books, coffee table books, and works of classics. Then, we have the piano and only a little room for anything else. So all our every day reference materials, correction books, and "together work" has ended up stacked on the hearth right near Mom's end of the dining room table. It's handy that way, but it's rather an eyesore.
See? Here was the problem:
(The books, not the boys &:o)
And here's the solution we found:
(It's from Tarjay, it cost about $25, and it's on wheels. Note the matching waste basket!)