Have the books, craft supplies, science kits and flashcards taken over your house? Homeschooling comes with baggage. If you’ve been homeschooling for any length of time, you know it’s almost impossible not to collect lots of ‘stuff’. Let me share 7 tips to help you manage the homeschool clutter chaos.
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Between housework, homeschooling, and kids it’s very easy for the ‘stuff’ to pile, and for those piles to go on forever. Reality is, that most homes don’t look Pinterest perfect, and that’s just real life. When you add homeschooling to an already hectic day, our homes often look more like disaster zones.
After months of frustration, I learned that maintenance is key. I really don’t have a few hours, much less a few days to spare and dedicate to just decluttering, so I’ve made getting organized a top priority. Here are some of the items we use to keep the clutter to a minimum, and avoid panic attacks when surprise guests come over.
1. It’s All About Containment
Use plastic bins and baskets to contain the chaos. Both come in all sizes and shapes, with and without lids. We found some semi-clear containers with compartments we use these to store small craft supplies and writing utensils. We also use larger containers to store flashcards, science and art supplies. We have a large basket to hold picture books to entertain the baby visitors.
2. Not Just for Magazines
I use these magazine holders to store curriculum, completed work and anything that needs to be filed or put away. What I love about these is that they are very inexpensive, and they make everything look nice and neat.
3. Cubbies In All Shapes And Sizes
We use large square bins to store fabric, yarn and other sewing supplies, a rolling cart where my daughter can separate her legos by color, and paper sorters to separate work by subject on a day to day basis and of course to sort paper.
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Great ideas for dealing with clutter!! I do love some good organization tips! 🙂
It’s also a good idea to make a collection point for your clutter.
Designate a place where you can put everything that will be removed.
Don’t think about what will happen to the clutter items at this stage as this could trigger feelings of attachment which will make it more difficult to get the job done!