31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: File by Garbage – Simply Convivial

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Organizing Homeschool Stuff

Being organized is about making the process work for you efficiently, not about maintaining a neat and tidy row at all times. Here are some ways I’ve tried to make the processes work more conveniently so I can spend more mind-space on the children and less on the stuff.

File by Garbage Can

containing homeschool clutter

So, I’ve already shared about how to file papers digitally, and how I narrow that “keep” pile down.

Here is the second, and really the most important, part of the paper solution for sanity in a homeschooling house:

Throw it away.

As soon as possible.


It’s served its purpose and can now be done away with.


  • Type of container: Trash can
  • Organizing materials: Garbage bag
  • Contents:
    • Eventually, all papers; the sooner they get in there, the better.

I like this set up because

  • there is less clutter in my house.
  • there is less garbage in my house.
  • there is less stuff in my house.

It might not be as pretty as most of the “solutions” you’ll find on Pinterest, but it’s practical and real.

Digital Home Organizer and Planner

Also, check out my eBook Paperless Home Organization, which lays out step-by-step instructions for creating a home management organizer & planner digitally. Make that smartphone, tablet, or iPod touch a useful tool of your trade!

During the month of October, you can use the discount code organizing for $1.50 off the $3.99 retail price (pdf only).

Moms have a lot of details to keep track of. Here’s how to make your technology work for you, using only your mail program and 2 free apps.

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