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It’s that time of year again. Temperatures are rising, spring is in the air and homeschool burnout is in full force. At this time of year, I find myself overwhelmed by homeschooling supplies. To keep myself from getting overwhelmed, I use this simple tip for organizing homeschool supplies to keep things in order from now until the new school year.
Does this sound familiar?
Every day, you and your kids pull out what you are going to use for the day. Throughout the day, things start to stack up.
When lunch comes, you sweep everything aside and prepare lunch. Maybe you’re running behind so you don’t clean up all the lunch dishes and go right back to school.
By the time 4 0’clock comes around, every surface in the house is covered in lunch remains, school books, art supplies, and toys.
There is nothing revolutionary in the tip I am about to share with you, but it has revolutionized our homeschool.
The tip is this: when you are done with something, don’t move on until you have put it away (in its real home, not just shoved to the side).*****************
How to Make Organizing Homeschool Supplies Work
For some homeschooling families, this may be an obvious tip, but for us, it isn’t. We are a family who typically waits to the end of the day to clean (and sometimes even until the evening). Every few months, we usually end up having to do deep, intensive organizing and cleaning because we never fully put things away when we are done. However, when we put things away when we are done for them (even if we have to get them right back out again after lunch), it is SO much easier to keep things clean and organized.
To get to this point, you need a good foundation, which comes by having a place for everything to start with. We love putting out homeschool supplies in cubbies (which you can find just about anywhere now). I like being able to take out the whole cubby and putting it right back on the shelf when we are done.
The next thing you need is less stuff to start with. At the end of every school year (right about between March and June), I take a look at our homeschooling closet. If we haven’t used something that year, I get rid of it. If I want to save it for other kids, I pack it away out-of-reach until the next child is old enough for it. If I didn’t like it, we throw it away or sell it. I also get rid of anything that didn’t work for us that year. Starting with much less stuff makes it a whole lot easier to clean as you go.
Clean as You Go, the Secret Homeschool Organization Secret
My dad is the one who taught me the value of cleaning as you go (as he called it). I don’t always follow through with it, but when I do, things are much, much smoother, happier, and easier here. If you feel you are drowning in homeschooling supplies all the time, try out our trick for organizing homeschool supplies!
More Tips on Organizing Homeschool Supplies
Weekly Meal Planning Printables – Living Life and Learning
5 Tips for DIY Homeschool Organization – Jenn Gerlach Simple At Home
Organizing Small Items in Your Homeschool– A Sip of Southern Sunshine
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