31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: Schedule & Chore Board

Organizing Homeschool Stuff

This month I am taking you on a tour of my favorite organizing solutions. They aren’t likely to be hot on Pinterest or featured on a crafty blog, but they make life around here run more smoothly.

Our New & Improved Chore Board (with Cloak of Invisibility)

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I’ve created a few iterations of a chore board over the last year and a half. First it was a poster board frame, and I wrote directly on the hard plastic frame. That worked well, because I could tuck it away quickly and easily when I didn’t want our schedule, consequences, and school assignments on display.

Then, my 3-year-old used it as a slide (which means he was climbing up it). The frame and plastic cracked. I tried to salvage it by simply sticking printed pages on it, but that simply didn’t work as well nor look as good.

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So I explained the situation to my husband, asking for his diy-expertise to solve all my chore-board-issues. He is the brains and brawn behind this perfect solution.

First, he bought a sheet of shower board at Home Depot. Then he figured out what size we had room for on the wall where it would be most convenient to have a whiteboard for schedules, chore charts, consequences, reminders, and all those good things. He cut the sheet to size and screwed it to the wall. Then, I bought fabric I liked. That’s the sum of my contribution to this project. Next, he built a lightweight frame out of scrap lumber that would fit over the board. Then he stretched the fabric over it and stapled it to the back of the frame.

Voila!

Now I have the convenience of a message board in the most useful part of the house, but with the option of covering it up so I can still pretend to have a home not overrun with homeschooling.

Details

  • Type of container: Whiteboard made out of cheap shower board
  • Organizing materials: Expo fine-point dry erase markers
  • Contents:
    • Schedule/Routine/”Flow Chart” – I wrote the hours in wet-erase marker and then change up the day’s events based on reality
    • Consequences doled out – including income earned from chores
    • Reminders such as “Do not even ask to play with friends or on the computer if your room is not clean.”
    • List of chores
    • Dinner menu

If I were really a Good Mom, I would write love notes and jokes on it, too, I suppose. There have been no love notes or jokes. You may draw your own conclusions.

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I like this set up because

  • With a written chore list and day’s plan, my nagging and harping is drastically reduced
  • With the consequences (like “nap,” “no computer,” etc.) tracked, I don’t have to remember what I said in order to be consistent (consistency was losing before, because memory is always losing).
  • I still have the option of covering it up and pretending we have a normal house. Well, normaler, anyway.
  • With dinner written down, I don’t have to hear the question asked 58 times every day. They still asked even when my consistent reassurance was, “Food.” Now, they no longer ask, because the board gives a better answer.

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Chalkboard might be in, but this cheap, large, rough diy solution fits the bill at our house – without added dust.

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!

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31 Days in October

You can find many more 31 Days series at the link-up at The Nester. Here are some I recommend:

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7 Responses

  1. ~Julie
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    Very clever! I was trying to figure out what the frame was for and on a different day where the chore list went.

  2. Ginger
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    Visiting from the 31 days spree…..I love your board…I am always tucking all my stuff behind bookcases, and then the kids get them out, and they get ripped, and I get ripped and then, well, you know how it goes.

    I have the big house and still the homeschool stuff is all over the place. We seem to gravitate toward the kitchen table, which is exactly where I did my homework as a kid….Apples don’t fall far from the old tree.

    I have chosen four to follow and two are also on your list too.
    I hope you have a blessed day in the Lord.
    Ginger

    • Mystie Winckler
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      Welcome, Ginger! There are so many interesting-sounding series to follow, aren’t there? That’s a good idea to make yourself limit the number. :)

      “I get ripped,” that’s funny – yes, I do know how it goes!

  3. AdenaF
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    I’m going to pin this and hopefully hubs will help me build one soon. Now, everything is in Evernote but that’s not very helpful for my youngest. I like a visual but not on display for everyone who visits to see. With all of our bookcases my home already looks like a library!! I LOVE that you can flip it around and have something pretty to look at.

  4. Marla
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    One thing, whoever decided, “Food,” was not a good enough answer…
    didn’t have to cook…
    3-5 times a day…
    alone in the kitchen…
    for others…
    with no help.

    I mean come on, how often have I ever tried to serve them (my family) ceramic tile, game boards, books, towels, or whatever else they could possibly think of?!?!?!!!!LOL ; >

  5. Meredith_in_Aus
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    Love the “cloak of invisibility”

    :)