Homeschool Organizing Ideas
Homeschooling moms all know.
It’s not like it’s a secret.
We just clean up and carefully angle photos for Instagram to hide it.
It’s so easy to become disorganized when you’re homeschooling. The books pile up, the papers need to be graded or filed, and nothing stays organized.
Even if you think you are the most unorganized homeschool mom, you can get your act together and claim the calm from the chaos.
Make this the day you become more organized and less frazzled.
Keep Homeschool Simple to Keep it Organized
Stop buying a million and one items for homeschooling. Seriously.
Homeschool organization is much easier when you don’t have a vendor hall’s worth of curriculum to organize. Ask me how I know. Especially when you have a small homeschool room.
Make a list of what you need for the year and stick to it. Once you buy what you need, don’t keep buying more.
If you know you will use an item in the future and cannot pass up the deal, have a separate storage area for future use. Don’t keep it all in your school area to crowd your shelves and cause you planning overwhelm.
Organizing Homeschool Supplies
Oftentimes moms are tired and the last thing you want to do is put everything away where it goes. But . . . After a day of homeschooling, it is a best practice to put everything away.
This basic task will help any homeschooling mom stay organized. Don’t worry, you can and should get the kids involved too. Make them responsible for putting their own homeschooling items away. Teach them while they are young and it won’t be a fight when they are older.
Organizing Your Homeschool Day
Homeschooling can add a lot to an already busy day. One thing an unorganized homeschool mom can do to get here stuff together is to write a basic schedule.
It doesn’t have to be a fancy schedule, just jot down what the plans for the day are. Something this simple can really help you stay organized.
For me, the Charlotte Mason Complete Homeschool Planner was my saving grace for how to organize homeschool lesson plans. You might only need a spiral notebook. Find the system that works for you! And use it consistently.
Consider using Morning Time to help keep your homeschool day simplified.
Organize Your Homeschool Room
Have you ever thought of a homeschool spot in the house?
This spot is perfect for organizing all the homeschool material in your home. Again, the spot doesn’t need to be big or perfectly coordinated, but it is nice having a spot for all the educational items in your home.
Our homeschool room gets reorganized twice a year to keep it clutter free and peaceful.
Get your kids into a cleanup routine
Whenever we spend time teaching our kids the right way to do something, it can really pay off. Once you teach your kids the cleanup routine, it will help you stay organized.
Think of it as a whole-family-affair. Getting everyone involved in the cleanup and organization process is always a good idea. When we teach our children to take ownership of their results, it helps them learn that the reward is doing the job well.
Keep a good attitude
Staying organized can be sort of depressing when it feels like an uphill battle. You may feel as though you’re always trying to keep everything in order.
Try to keep a good attitude about it. Spend some time making sure you have a good attitude about the day. Don’t tell yourself negative things! You can do this and you can stay organized. Everyday that you stay organized is a good day.
Remember that is takes a minimum of 21 days to create a new habit. I’m convinced it takes twice as long if you’re under 12 😉
Keep in mind that clutter and disorganization can make your mind and heart feel cluttered. Spending some time getting organized as a homeschool mom can help you get yourself together and keep it together.
After all, when mama’s happy, everyone’s happy!
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Another (home) school year is upon us!
Some of you may have already started your year, or some of you might school all year long, or some of you might be making those final curriculum decisions before your new year starts. Whatever boat you are in, I’m sure you could use a little extra money for homeschool curriculum or resources. Am I right?
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