Let’s face it. Homeschooling is flat out hard work. On top of that tons of organization books and blogs stand ready to take up our precious time. The problem with most organizational books is that the tips are normally based on the fact you have all day to organize.
If you already struggle with a starting point on organization then sorting out beneficial tips from hype is not easy.
Surviving and succeeding in the homeschool world depends on organization. Doling out or scheduling the time to give to each thing in our life can be flat out stressful.
So instead of overwhelming you with all the areas of your home and school to organize (though I am beyond excited to go through them this year), I want to help you by identifying your starting point.
Simple Changes, Big Results
1. Determine YOUR trouble spot. Those naturally organized know a simple truth that may seem like a secret always eluding people who struggle with organization and that is organization is not a system, but it is about finding a solution. That’s it! Simmer on that a minute and you will see why I always tell you to take from me what works for your family and discard the rest.
That is why it never serves you well to abandon your present method willy-nilly without first determining what is not working for you right now.
Identify with *precision* what the problem is. Do not group it ALL together. For example, if you are struggling with curriculum, then ask: What is not working – SPECIFICALLY? Is it the order of the subjects, the content matter or the book?
If it is your learning area, then what exactly is causing the stress? Lack of shelves? Too many books?
Identifying precise problems equals not jumping to buying things that don’t work for you.
For example, as tempting as they are, the first step is not buying beautiful bins and baskets to begin any project.
Have you done that before? Determined that you are going to be organized you run to the store to fill up with beautiful baskets that do not fit your shelves once you bring them home.
Identify and sizing up the project is the first step to organizing. Sizing up can be measured in time if you need to declutter or it could be measured by how many bookshelves, or baskets you need.
Look at the list below of all the things weighing on our mind. What is on your mind of things that need to be done and are causing chaos?
2. Divide-Conquer Approach. The hardest part to an organizational project whether it takes time to declutter or you actually need to measure for a drawer for your books, is to overcome the feeling of defeat in the beginning. I have been there too and I don’t like dwelling there. It is that feeling that we have so much to do that we are not sure of even where to start.
It is important at this point to divide what is most important to you now and what can be conquered later.
Hear my heart on this one and that is sometimes it is not curriculum that we need to begin with when we make our priority list.
When we ignore that murmuring voice inside that tells us we can’t school each day because we have no groceries, or a menu or clean clothes, we set up our school for stress. There is no denying that because we have shared learning and living spaces, we have to address whatever thing is causing our chaos.
Begin with identifying one or two things on your list to conquer and no more.
The Plan. A Flop or Followed?
3. Plan. This part is the part I seriously get giddy about because organization is fun. No, I don’t like to think about sorting through the piles, but I focus on how the area will be clean and clutter free. If it’s an organizing form I need, I am energized to make it specific with details and not just generalizations.
Pssssst..that is how my 7 step homeschool planner was born. Out of my need, came a plan.
If it’s a physical area in my home that needs to be decluttered, I get excited thinking about the possibilities of a fresh look for my space.
It’s a win win all the way around.
By taking my list and identifying one or two things I want to change, I have made it a project that I can handle and homeschool too.
I will give more details about each step as we go along this year, but for now I wanted you to see the three basic steps to beginning organization.
Now, I want to ask a favor. I could use your help. Because I blog for you and me, I want to focus my blog posts first on the areas that are causing you the greatest amount of concern. Can you list them? If I have not covered one, then let me know.
Renew your spirit to organize because simple changes can bring great results.
You know I love ya and I am excited to be bring more posts this year on organizing how-tos,
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