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 – Simply Convivial

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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

Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool: Shrink the Change

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With engaging stories and practical advice, Switch examines the common denominators in those who make successful habit changes. The authors posit that when change works, it tends to follow a pattern. The people who change have clear direction, ample motivation, and a supportive environment. So let’s look at how to apply those factors to our own home situations, particularly as we begin new routines for the school year. Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool Series Review of the … Read More

Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool: Engage the Emotions

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Switch examines the common denominators in those who make successful change, through engaging stories and practical advice for making positive individual & group changes. The authors posit that when change works, it tends to follow a pattern. The people who change have clear direction, ample motivation, and a supportive environment. So let’s look at how to apply those factors to our own home situations, particularly as we begin new routines for the school year. Switching Key Habits in the Home … Read More

Life is a Story: Living Your Biography – Simply Convivial

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Life is a story. There is the big-picture Story that God is telling from beginning to end, a story where we are just bit players adding color along the way. But, within the big picture, our little bit roles are yet complex and stand-alone stories as well. Your life is the story of you. That means that right now, today, you are writing your biography. What will be included in your biography? What types of events are included in biographies … Read More

Hidden Art of Homemaking: Flower Arranging, plus a practical solution

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This post is part of Cindy’s Hidden Art of Homemaking Book Club for chapter 7 on flower arranging. This chapter is surprisingly varied and passionate for what one might expect to be a brief, boring chapter. I do hope others in the book club take up some of the topics covered, and I encourage you to click on the link above to find those posts. I am going to stick to the main point, because it’s one of those things … Read More

Chore board contents – Simply Convivial

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Because you asked. :) This is what is on our current board. This is a new posting of the board, so I’m not sure yet how it will play out this time. Every family and new situations require their own versions; this is no perfect list even for us, much less for someone else. So, use it as a springboard for something appropriate for your family now, not as a statement of what is best, period. Even here, it will … Read More

Our Current Chore Board

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Shaina asked in a recent comment and on the WTM board what was on our chore board. The board has actually been out of commission for a month or two now, but getting it back up was on my to-do list, so the comment was the push I needed to get it set up again. The board is simply a large poster frame, which I write on with a wet-erase marker. It helped keep the household running while I was … Read More

Paperless Home Organization: How to Create A Digital Home Management Binder – Simply Convivial

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It’s here! My next eBook, an instruction manual for setting up a home management “binder” on Evernote, plus how to use Remember the Milk and Google Calendar to juggle appointments and tasks, is now available! While my 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers series was running (on autopilot) in October, I received multiple questions about and requests for getting organized with Evernote or utilizing a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. It seemed like a good project to tackle when I was … Read More

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