31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: Our Real-Life “Organized” Homeschool This Week

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Organizing Homeschool Stuff

During October, I’ll be showing you ways I’ve used what I had to organize what I use. “Organized” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all matchy-matchy and cute, complete with chalkboard labels. It means that what you use is where you can find it when you need it. So here is how I’m doing that at my house. I hope it will give you ideas for being resourceful at yours.

Real Life

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So, as I was busy living life last week, receiving my own posts by email each morning, there was more than once that I just had to laugh. And, yes, there might have been a time or two where I even felt like crying. Talk about “real life organized” not being pretty. That much, at least, is accurate around here.

In the interests of full disclosure, then, I thought I’d share some pictures of what “organized” looks like in the day to day. If anything is not Pinterest-worthy, it’s our day-to-day.

organizing homeschool stuff

Plastic bins help keep things together and portable, but they don’t last forever. Because I am the only one that typically accesses this bin, I still use it even though it’s cracked with sharp edges. Sometimes I cover sharp edges with packing tape. Eventually, I’ll just have to replace it.

Such is life. Real life is not a Pinterest graphic.

organizing homeschool stuff

Alright. I took this picture to show what my kitchen looks like on a pretty good day all through the day. I did not even see the crockpot sitting on the display shelf of the island. But I needed it out of the way! And I was going to use it again tomorrow! So I just stuck it there to wait.

Our goal is loved, educated children, not a showcase home, right?

I’ve got the “not a showcase home” part, anyway, if that part counts. We’re trying for that loved, educated, bit, too, of course, but one never feels successful [enough] there, does one?

organizing homeschool stuff

Shall we rub in the state of my floors? I think sweeping once a day is quite enough. At least here the baby is eating a magnet and not leftover chips off the floor. That’s better, right?

organizing homeschool stuff

And that whole pencil & crayon thing: I now make sure they all get put away. While they are out, they are all out.

The kids do help put them away, I just take it as my responsibility to make sure they are all put away.

Also, I think I should have instituted a rule that only I sharpen the colored pencils. I’m not sure this set of 50 will last us the year at this rate.

organizing homeschool stuff

So often we project our own hopes and ideals onto the partial glimpses we get of others. Please do not project onto me that I have it all together.

I do try, and sometimes I even try hard, but that doesn’t mean my house looks good more than once in a blue moon. And, I’m hoping that’s ok.

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9 Responses

  1. Lisa
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    I like the picture of baby on the floor eating a magnet. That’s usually what my baby ends up doing while I’m in the kitchen.

    I’ve never formally instituted a rule about sharpening the pencils but I definitely make sure that I’m the only one with access to the sharpener for now at least!

  2. Erin
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    I love the “real” photos here – yes, this is what real life often looks like in a homeschooling family!

    I hear you on the colored pencils, too! Mine sharpen them til the pencil sharpener is overfull and jammed, ha ha.

  3. Cat
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    Yes! Yes! Yes! I love what you have done in this post, and especially the line about how we make comparisons (often negative) between us and others based on VERY small glimpses into their lives, which is so unfair to ourselves. Kudos on yet another brave, honest and helpful post that has bettered my attitude, and bolstered my esteem for the day!

  4. Jennifer
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    Unfortunately for some reason your posts cannot be read on my iphone lately. Half the screen appears normal and the other half appears black. The words are behind the black but you cannot read them. It is like there is an imaginary line runnnng vertically down the middle of the screen. Your blog is the only thing this happens with.

    • Mystie Winckler
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      That’s strange. It still looks normal on my mobile, but you are the second person to mention this problem today. I wonder if there was a Safari update that messed things up. I’ll have my web-designer husband look into it as soon as he can! Thanks for letting me know!

      • Jennifer
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        Thanks, because I do miss reading your posts!

  5. Brandy @ Afterthoughts
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    You just reminded me that once upon a time I decided we’d only vacuum the dining room once per day. Period. Oh, sure, we’ve made exceptions when company was coming over, but one time we had a guest over who liked to clean and she would keep sweeping my dining room and pretty soon she was somewhat angry with my children because it didn’t stay clean. I realized that it was a source of irritation for me sometimes, too, and it was because I was fighting the battle too often. Once per day is enough. It really is. Well, as long as we don’t have ants or something. :)

  6. Ginger
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    we do about everything the same way….
    I have the pencil sharpen policy too! I didn’t even know anyone else had that, glad to know I am not alone.

    I use laundry baskets but same difference.

    I have appreciated your series and it has given me some ideas new ideas, the scanning post, was wonderful.

    Now about all those crayons, and pencils and cylindrical items that just roll all around…
    Get wider, shallower containers instead of deep containers and your problem is all but solved. I cut the side of a cereal box laying flat, tape up the tops and leaving only about an inch of a side. It makes a great shallow tray for the kids to keep their coloring utensils in.
    Lids, anything with a lip and smaller works best and keeps corrals all those rolling things, and makes it easier for the kids to see.


  7. Sarah
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    Loved this! :)

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