31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: MUS Block Crayons for Primer & Alpha – Simply Convivial

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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. Crayons Reserved for Math-U-See Primer & Alpha Ok, so this is easy … Read More

31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: Surprisingly Convenient DVD Storage

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Having an organized homeschool means knowing where you should put things away, it doesn’t mean you won’t ever have to put things away again. Sad, but true. Here are the little ways I’ve made putting things away easier at my home, and I hope they will inspire you to find unique solutions in your own home! Keeping Lesson DVDs Handy We use DVD instruction for math – Math-U-See – and Latin – Latin for Children. I know I’m incorrigibly lazy, … Read More

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

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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 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, … Read More

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

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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 Scanning: Shred the Paper! One of the clutter issues we homeschoolers have to deal with is all the papers and “records” (i.e. validation that we really aren’t slackers, which … Read More

31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: Pencils & Supplies – Simply Convivial

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Organization means your set up is useful to you and helps you be prepared. It doesn’t have to look amazing to be organized. It just has to be ready for you when you need it. My Pencil Issues Ok, so I’ve already bared my soul about the pencil problem. I’ve tried at least one, and often more like three solutions to solve the mysterious problem of the disappearing pencils, crayons, and any other necessary school supply. If you have fastidious … Read More

31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: Inbox & File Box – Simply Convivial

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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 fabric-covered bins. 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 with what you have at yours. “Inboxes” for the Homeschool Multiple times over the … Read More

31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: Kitchen Cart

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This month I’m sharing ways I organize the stuff that tends to overflow the homeschooling household. It might not be as pretty as most of the “solutions” you’ll find on Pinterest, but it’s practical and real. Being organized means being prepared and giving your stuff a home; it doesn’t always have to be coordinated and labeled with chalkboard-styled printables. Kitchen School Cart So, I don’t really have any sort of office space on the main level, where we do most … Read More

31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: Teacher Tote – Simply Convivial

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This month I’m sharing ways I organize the stuff that tends to overflow the homeschooling household. It might not be as pretty as most of the “solutions” you’ll find on Pinterest, but it’s practical and real. Being organized means being prepared and giving your stuff a home; it doesn’t always have to be coordinated and labeled with chalkboard-styled printables. My Desk-Drawer Tote Bag I am not quite sure how this use of this craft tote evolved, but it did slowly … Read More

31 Days of Organizing Homeschool Stuff: Schedule & Chore Board

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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) 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 … Read More

Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool: Utilize Your Environment

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We all have habits we want to change, to learn, to improve. There are ways that we can help ourselves along the habit-change path or be unknowingly hindering our progress – or worse, our children’s. Switch by Chip Heath & Dan Heath turns the recent research into habit into practical advice, based on three observations: What looks like resistance is often a lack of clarity. So provide crystal-clear direction. What looks like laziness is often exhaustion. It’s critical to engage … Read More

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