When you think “organized,” what picture pops into your mind? Probably something that would make a splash on Pinterest: something beautiful, something labeled, something amazing. But, organization is actually about being prepared and having a useful home for your stuff – and that’s it.
Being organized means making it work for you, not you for it. If it makes your life harder rather than easier, that’s not organized.
iTunes, my audio file organizer
Even stuff that doesn’t take up space needs to be organized, to be accessible, to be available quickly when you need it.
I use MP3s extensively – both for life and for education (and I don’t draw hard lines between the two). Many of our memory chants or songs are MP3s, a number of our “read-alouds” are audio books, we use the audio Bible daily, and I have accompaniment to play when we sing because I can’t stay on key without help. We also record our Bible and catechism memory (most of them recorded by my husband) so we can have audio review in the car or individually with an iPod. Audio materials save my voice and my sanity; my kids, also, enjoy getting a respite from always hearing mom’s voice all day long. Plus, it means I can whisper threats or deal discipline to toddlers without interrupting the flow; it helps the toddler or preschooler not get the chance to become an center-stage tyrant.
But for those MP3s to be useful, they have to be loaded and on playlists where I can find what I need quickly and easily.
Here’s how I organize my playlists:
- I have a folder for “school” which within has playlists for each subject or audio CD, such as “Geography Songs,” “Timeline Song,” “Shurley Grammar Chants,” “Bible Memory Songs,” and “LFC A.”
- I also have a folder for each term, with internal folders for each day of the week as well as term playlists for composer, hymns, listening time, and review. Inside each day’s folder are playlists for memory time.
- I also made a folder for children’s audio books, with a playlist for each audio book we have.
- Type of container: iPod Touch and Macbook Air
- Organizing materials: iTunes
I like this set up because I have listening material, singing backup, and memory review all in my pocket for Circle Time, chore time, car time, or even bored puzzle-piecing times.
More on using audio resources in homeschooling:
- Review: Accompaniment Track CDs
- Reading Time Cop Out: Audio Books in the Life of a Mother
- Read-aloud Cop Out: Audio Books in the Homeschool
- How to Get Classic Audio Books on Audible for Free
Knowing where your stuff can be found is critical to being organized.
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!
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