Get Organized-Fast!

get organized fastGet Organized–Fast by Dejunking Your Home with Felice Gerwitz

I’m on a mission – to get organized fast and I did this by dejunking my home. Is your home neat, everything in its place? Well, congrats–but if you are like most of us, we can always use some helpful tips. Join me as I discuss how I tackled this job and won! We discuss the four-box method and even my favorite but little-known method.

I’m sure I’ve wasted years looking for things! My kids can’t find their math books or I am missing my favorite pair of scissors. Sound familiar. My mother’s voice rings in my ears, “A place and everything in it’s place.” While that makes sense it is difficult to do–and we homeschooling moms just don’t have time. Right? Well, this has changed and now with my tried-and-true method, I finally have an organized house, one drawer, and one closet at a time.

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Show Notes: Get Organized Fast!

  1. Give yourself a time limit
  2. Ten minutes a day
  3. Tackle a section of a room each day
  4. Tackle a bigger job over the weekend

The best idea is to take everything out of the room–if you can, this is the best way to get organized fast. Only put in the things you must have and categorize everything else to store or give away. See the four box method below.

Four Box Method to get organized fast:

  1. Keep the items you need or have space to store.
  2. Sell or donate the items that you do not need. Use sites such as eBay, Amazon or Craig’s List to sell.
  3. Trash: Papers–if they contain sensitive information it is best to shred them or throw them away.  Throw away broken items or things that are too worn to give away.
  4. Store the things you do not need immediately. Only if you know you will use these things again but not immediately.

Listen to the podcast for more tips and get organized fast ideas!

the Informer – with Rebecca Keliher, the Well Planned Gal

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On this episode of the Informer podcast, host Tara Bentley interviews Rebecca Keliher, homeschool mom, creator of The Well Planned Day, and founder of Home Educating Family Association {HEDUA}. Rebecca shares her testimony, her personal homeschooling journey, information on her daughter’s new publication for young women called Dear Magazine, and she shares about how The Well Planned Day got started.

As a second generation homeschool family, Rebecca has spent time with hundreds of homeschool moms across the country. She’s seen that many moms struggle with the same fears and doubts. Rebecca and Tara tackle topics such as struggling with organization, exhaustion, comparing yourself to other moms, and loving your child unconditionally.

This podcast captures the true passion of Rebecca, which is ministering to homeschool families and being an encouragement to individual moms. Her enthusiasm is truly contagious.


I Love Homeschooling But I Am Totally Disorganized – HIRL Episode 32

HIRL-Episode-32So you love the idea of homeschooling, but you are totally disorganized? Is this a deal killer? Should you pack up your kids and send them off to the local school house where they will be kept on track by rigid teaching plans that maintain scope and sequence?

It’s time for us all to get real with one another. Is your lack of organization thwarting your efforts at homeschooling? At the end of the day, the week, the month, are you constantly playing catch-up and putting out the fires caused by disorganization? If so, this is the episode you will want to listen to.

What about the other side of this issue? As a busy productive homeschool parent, have you forgotten along the way that relationships need to come before agendas? Are you such a task-master that you forgot the children God gave you to develop loving relationships with?

Organization in the homeschool can be both a blessing and a curse. On this episode of Homeschooing In Real Life, join Fletch and Kendra as they get transparent with their listeners and have the discussion out loud about balancing the need to bring organization into your family and preventing that same organization from destroying relationships.

Episode Timeline
1:49 Introduction to the podcast
3:32 Sponsored by Grapevine Studies
4:56 Studio Discussion Part 1 – Where is the balance in homeschool organization?
14:40 Studio Discussion Part 2 – Organization brings freedom.
18:09 Studio Discussion Part 3 – Advice for homeschooling dads.
28:06 Studio Discussion Part 4 – Organization resources.
30:28 Listener questions/answers

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every two weeks as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

Organizing Made Easy for Do-It-All Moms

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Do you have more curriculum than you can possibly use? Are you always running? Do you struggle to find time to clean? If so, you and I can relate.

Maybe you can relate to this aspect of me, too: I try to do it all myself. We don’t have time for a lengthy psychoanalysis of why that’s the case, so let’s just discuss the solution.

As a chronic DIYer, one of my favorite biblical accounts is from Exodus 18:13-18:

The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?” Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.” Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. 19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you.

Moses was doing it the hard way. But fortunately, he was the most humble man on earth (Numbers 12:3) and accepted wise counsel. If you’re like Moses and have too much to do, you also need:

the power of God, wise counsel, and an orderly plan.

I can’t give you the power of God, but I can remind you to go to Him every day for the strength and wisdom you need. Through The Homeschool Sanity Show podcast and Psychowith6, I seek to provide you with the wise counsel and the orderly plan you need to get organized. The show titled How to Organize Your Homeschool the Easy Way is a great place to start. Other Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network hosts share great tips with the Homeschool Sanity Show listeners. I also describe a year-long series on Psychowith6 that provides the plan you need. Every week, we organize a new part of your homeschooling life. You no longer have to be overwhelmed by all you have to do!

I hope you’ll join me for the 52-Week Organized Homeschool Challenge and for every episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show by subscribing. Because we can’t handle it alone!

How to Organize Your Homeschool the Easy Way

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If you have a passion for organizing or just need a passion for it, you won’t want to miss this episode of the Homeschool Sanity Show. I feature fabulous tips from:

These impressive ladies reference two books by Mary Jo Tate you’ll want to get your hands on: How Do You Do it All and From Frazzled to Focused.

My more microphone-shy friends shared their practical ideas with me, too. You’ll love them! I put one of Pat’s ideas to use immediately!

If you aren’t sure where to start with all these great ideas, don’t worry. I have a new project I’m excited to share with you that will begin in the new year: the 52-Week Get Organized Homeschool Challenge.

You’ll want to be sure to read more about it and download the first month’s printable calendar on Psychowith6. Do you have other sanity-saving organizing tips to share? Feel free to comment here or on the blog.

I would love it if you would take the time to share this podcast with a homeschooling friend and rate it on iTunes (just click the iTunes icon at the top of this post). Organizing is always more fun with friends.

Have a very merry Christmas and an organized 2014!

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