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Special Replay: The Most Important Areas To Organize This Year

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Hey, homeschoolers!

Soon, we’ll be in a new year. It’s that time when many of us think of goals like getting organized. You know you’re unlikely to organize everything in a year, so what are the most important areas for homeschoolers to focus on? My answer may surprise you.

Organize Your Homeschool Life All Year

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December Organize It! Planner

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December Organize It PlannerDecember is the most joyous time of the year! In this planner we focus on the true reason for the season and avoid getting bogged down with our to-do lists! I love an organized schedule and lists more than most, but they are tools to help us stay on top of our daily, weekly, and monthly tasks to enjoy the month free from stress. Or, at the very least, the pressure that we will forget something!

We celebrate Jesus’s birth and remember all he has done for us.

What better reason is there to enjoy this month? While things need to be done, like buying gifts and baking, we are truly blessed to live in a time when we have the opportunity to participate in as many or as few activities as we want! Try to pair down as much as possible and keep only the events and activities that bring your family together and are a blessing.

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This month’s planner begins with our signature ultimate organizing and planning tools!

I love putting this planner together. It is truly an honor to share all of my organizing ideas with you! With this planner, you can keep track of travel plans or your lengthy baking list! Enjoy activities and fun events while staying on top of all that’s on a homeschool mom’s plate!

Are your ready to tackle gift organization, budgets, and even how to organize your gift wrapping with a wrapping station? I included a Christmas countdown with 24 ways to embrace joy.

A reminder to us all to focus on our family, Jesus and serving each other and our community!

My kids got excited when I asked for a few suggestions for the Christmas bucket list! I hope you and your family have as much fun as my family with these activities.

Are you planning on taking the month off, or are you schooling straight through?

Take a look at your homeschool schedule. Can you pair down your commitments so you can embrace the holiday season? By focusing on the meaning of the Christmas season, we are teaching life lessons to our children. I typically take the whole month of December off. We love reading and soaking in the fun of the season. I want plenty of time to make homemade presents, crafts, bake, and enjoy the weather! The older kids will typically work on their school work separately to complete their assignments, especially in high school, and join in the fun as their schedule permits.

The theme in all of the Organize-IT planners is balance.

Pick and choose the forms that work for your family—doing it all doesn’t always work. Balance is important. If a form doesn’t work for your family, skip it and move on. Flexibility is a value skill to learn!

Looking for more information? You will find the topic of organization, as well as many others, on the UltimateHomeschoolPodcastNetwork.com, and VintageHomeschoolMoms.com.

If you are a long time subscriber, you will find some of the forms the same as in past planners.

This allows you access to the forms you love from last month’s planner. For example, you will receive the blank calendars as well as the 4-Square Plan in each monthly planner, along with those on setting short and long-term goals.

This is the end of our Organize-IT Planners for the year.

I hopeyou’ve enjoyed them as much as I have. You can find the entire set for sale on the MediaAngels.com/store if you missed a few months.

We have exciting mini-planners for January and beyond planned. Stay with us for upcoming information.

Have a fantastic and Blessed December!
Merry Christmas!
~ Blessings, Christina Moss

PS. If you missed it, we have two sets of planners this month. Get our 3 pack of mini Christmas Planners here. 

November Holiday Prep Made Easy with the Free Organize-IT Planner

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November is the lead-in to the holidays. However, we’ve got this! Say the word, “November” and breathe…take a breath and breathe it in! Can you feel the excitement? The smell of festivities is in the air! I love this time of year. It is a time to focus on being thankful to God for all he has given me, and then quickly move into preparing my mind, heart, home, and family to celebrate Jesus’s birth. What a blessing! I am praying this planner helps you to avoid the stress and instead allows you to focus on the big picture. This month’s planner begins with our signature ultimate organizing and planning tools! Each month, I am determined to make each edition of Organize-IT the best ever. I am so excited to present you with a planner that promises to help you organize this holiday season and your schedule.


November is the lead-in to the holidays. However, we’ve got this! Say the word, “November” and breathe...take a breath and breathe it in! Can you feel the excitement? The smell of festivities is in the air! I love this time of year. It is a time to focus on being thankful to God for all he has given me, and then quickly move into preparing my mind, heart, home, and family to celebrate Jesus's birth. What a blessing! I am praying this planner helps you to avoid the stress and instead allows you to focus on the big picture. This month's planner begins with our signature ultimate organizing and planning tools! Each month, I am determined to make each edition of Organize-IT the best ever. I am so excited to present you with a planner that promises to help you organize this holiday season and your schedule.

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I wanted to find a way to incorporate the hustle and bustle and long list of fun things to do for the holidays with a homeschool mom’s never-ending list of to-dos! So, I started researching and
reading about block scheduling, I decided to try it and introduce it to you. You may be way ahead of me and already use this method, or you may think, “I have heard of it but don’t know
what it is!” Well, get your schedule primed and ready to work for and not against you. This will take you beyond the lists and to-dos. Of course, those have a time and a place, but what is a
well-thought-out list if you fail to implement it and make it past the first few items?

In this planner, we will begin with a list but end with a solid plan, a schedule that blocks off your time so you can have order in your life.

A purpose so clear, it allows you to focus all your efforts
on what is right in front of you for that small window of time; no need to worry about the lengthy to-do list because it will get done in due time. I am excited to offer you an organizing plan focusing on your day. As homeschooling families, I know you typically spend a lot of time jumping from homeschooling to household chores and back to schooling while taking care of the little kids and sometimes fitting in a side job.

In my family food is a priority, or I might have a revolt! I’m only partially kidding. ;-)Today, a friend asked what I do when I feel overwhelmed. I answered, “I do the next thing, right before me!” I don’t focus on being overwhelmed, because I can’t. I have too many people who depend on me. (A simple prayer of “Lord, please help me,” goes a long way as well!)

Of course, we all get overwhelmed at times, but doing the next thing has worked well for me and fits in perfectly with block scheduling.

Block scheduling is planning your day, not letting your day run you. I love that it utilizes your to-do lists but doesn’t make you a slave to it! Unfortunately (for me), it is not a way to cram more
into your day. Instead, it helps you to find more time! It’s a way of limiting distractions and procrastinating so you have more time to do what you want to do.

Look at your list. Do you have a project you’re dying to finish? Put it in a block. Are you behind on homeschooling a particular subject and need a day to catch up or review? Put it in a block!
Want to find time to exercise? Put it in the block. Do you see where this is going? In the following pages, I’ll help you schedule your time so that you can focus, thrive and accomplish. I was
pleasantly surprised by how well this has worked for me.

Take a look at your homeschool schedule, is there a way to pair down your commitments so we can embrace the holiday season?

By focusing on the meaning of the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons we are teaching life lessons. I typically stick to the bare essentials of school, like math, writing, and reading, so we have plenty of time to make crafts, bake, and enjoy the weather. The older kids can work on their school work separately to complete their assignments, especially in high school, and join in the fun as their schedule permits.

The goal is to organize your day, travel plans if you have any, and Thanksgiving bucket lists. The theme in all of the Organize-IT planners is balance. Pick and choose the forms that work for your
family—doing it all doesn’t always work. Balance is important. If a form doesn’t work for your family, skip it and move on.

Your holiday schedule should offer flexibility.

This allows children time to pursue things of interest. This is something that I feel is so important. Kids are burned out and often overscheduled. Hopefully, with this Organize-IT Planner, you can invest your time wisely.

Looking for more information?

You will find the topic of organization, as well as many others, on the UltimateHomeschoolPodcastNetwork.com, and Vintage Homeschool Moms.

If you are a long-time subscriber, you will find some of the forms the same as in past planners. This allows you access to the forms you love from last month’s planner. For example, you will receive
the blank calendars as well as the 4-Square Plan in each monthly planner, along with those on setting short and long-term goals.

Have a fantastic and Blessed November!

~ Blessings, Christina Moss

 

 

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Get Organized! A Roomless Approach to Functional Homeschooling

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The takeaway was simple: homeschooling isn't about a specific room but about being flexible and understanding what's best for each child's learning.As we head into the Holiday season, let’s talk about decluttering for the holidays as well as setting up for a great spring semester of learning!

Today, Lisa Nehring is talking with Wendy Zanders about the need for a homeshcool room, holiday clutter and prepping for spring learning!

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Whether you’re a seasoned homeschooler or just starting, these tips will help you maintain an organized and clutter-free learning environment throughout the year. Subscribe to our channel for more homeschooling tips and decluttering inspiration. Don’t forget to hit that notification bell so you never miss an update! 🌟

Rethinking Homeschooling: A Functional Approach to the Homeschool Room

In a recent talk about homeschooling, the focus shifted to the idea of a “Homeschool Room.” The talk challenged the need for a set classroom space.

One family’s experience stood out. They didn’t prioritize a traditional room but rather focused on what worked best for their kids. Their setup was wherever the kids felt comfortable to learn—bed, porch, or the dining table.

They avoided clutter by using online resources instead of paper books.

They organized borrowed books to avoid misplacing them. The focus was on making things practical and adaptable.

Understanding their kids’ unique learning styles was crucial.

They realized not all kids learn well by sitting still, so they embraced movement-based learning. They mixed exercises like burpees or jumping jacks with memorization techniques, which surprisingly worked well.

Their story suggested that a “Pinterest-worthy” Homeschool Room isn’t necessary. A beautiful but unused space is merely for show, not for learning.

The takeaway was simple: homeschooling isn’t about a specific homeschool room but about being flexible and understanding what’s best for each child’s learning.

The talk concluded with advice for new homeschooling families: don’t feel pressured to recreate a school-like environment at home. Embrace diverse learning spaces and styles; it’s often better for a child’s education.

Ultimately, it’s not about the room; it’s about the approach and the individual needs of the children that truly matter.


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Embrace October with the Fall Sweep: Your Organize-IT Guide

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October is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to embark on a transformative journey towards a more organized and serene home. The Fall Full House Sweep is here to guide you through this process, room by room, helping you create an oasis of calm before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins. In this blog post, we’ll outline the essential steps to declutter, organize, and refresh your living space, allowing you to enjoy the upcoming months with a sense of peace and tranquility.

October Organize It Planner | Fall Sweep edition

Step 1: Capture Before Pictures

To kick off your home transformation, grab your smartphone and take before pictures of each room. This step not only satisfies our desire for instant gratification but also helps uncover hidden clutter that we’ve grown accustomed to over time. These “before” snapshots will serve as a powerful motivator and a reference point for your progress.

Step 2: Gather Supplies

Before diving into the decluttering process, gather the necessary supplies. Besides standard cleaning items, make sure you have:
– Black trash bags (a must to prevent second-guessing your throw-away decisions).
– A cardboard box for donations (to avoid confusing donations with trash).
– Baskets and bins for organizing and relocating items within your home.

Pro tip: You don’t need to splurge on expensive baskets; dollar stores and thrift shops often offer affordable options.

Step 3: Tackle Visible Clutter

This month’s focus is on visible clutter rather than digging through drawers or emptying entire closets. By addressing what’s in plain sight, you’ll quickly transform your living space, making it comfortable and welcoming for guests during the holiday season.

Step 4: Set Overall Goals

In addition to decluttering and organizing, consider setting overall goals for the month. This could involve planning homeschool activities, scheduling reading time, hosting game nights, and dividing household chores. Don’t forget to include charitable work with your church and homeschool community. Choose activities that align with your family’s values and help your children grow into well-rounded individuals.

Step 5: Create a Thriving Home Environment

As homeschooling families, you spend a significant amount of time at home. Therefore, creating an environment that supports learning, relaxation, and entertainment is crucial. Allow your children the freedom to pursue their interests and avoid over-scheduling. The Organize-IT Planner is designed to help you strike a balance between organization and leisure, making your home a place of peace and value.

You Can Do It

As October unfolds, embrace the Fall Full House Sweep as an opportunity to revamp your living space and lifestyle. This comprehensive guide will lead you through the process of decluttering, organizing, and setting meaningful goals for the month. By investing your time wisely, you can achieve a clutter-free home, enjoy more quality time with your family, and create an inviting environment that fosters peace and serenity.

Have a fantastic October, and may your home be your haven of tranquility!

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Best of The Real Kathy Lee: Let’s Get Organized!

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Let's Get Organized! with The Real Kathy Lee

This week, the second top podcast episode of all time!  Let’s Get Organized!

Things don’t always work out as planned, but I have learned that it is usually for a good reason. I hope that is the case with this week’s episode. I was scheduled to talk to my good friend, Mary Ann Kohl (author and process art expert). However, Mary Ann had to cancel so I called up my buddy ASH-A-LEE in Nashville. We decided to chat about one of the topics I get asked about THE MOST, organization.

People often think that because I am the queen of “say yes” and “get messy” I have a very messy house. Not true. Well, it CAN get messy. However, I am best when my house is organized and everything has a place. Just this week, I tweaked the organization of my pantry. See below.

kitchen organization

I shared some basic thoughts about organization on today’s episode.

  1. Find a place for everything and make that place known.
  2. Minimize your stuff. If you haven’t used it in a year, chances are you are not going to use it. This goes for clothes, shoes, toys, and kitchen utensils.
  3. Less is BEST. As parents we are guilty of thinking our kids need lots of different toys. False. Choose quality over quantity and rotate toys in and out.
  4. It is easier to say yes when everything has a place (ie – paint supplies, legos, etc…)
  5. Organizing children is easier in an organized space.
  6. Have children work together in order to free of individual time with each child. I love that Ashley sent me the following pics a few hours after our podcast. She immediately implemented some of my suggestions. Way to go Ashley!

 

I hope you make time to connect with your kids today!!

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I Love Homeschooling But I Am Totally Disorganized | Replay

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 I Love Homeschooling But I am TOTALLY Disorganized! Get some tips from Fletch and Kendra on this episode of Homeschooling IRL. #homeschool #organization So 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 Homeschooling In Real Life, join Fletch and Kendra as they get transparent with their listeners and have a discussion out loud about balancing the need to bring organization into your family and preventing that same organization from destroying relationships.

 

 

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Tips and Tools to Organize Your Homeschool for Insanely Easy Planning

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Are you a homeschool mom gearing up for a new school year? Or perhaps you’re considering homeschooling for the first time? No matter where you are on your homeschooling journey, one thing’s for certain – staying organized is key to a successful and stress-free experience. Homeschool organization doesn’t have to be hard.

In this article, we’ll explore a plethora of great ideas, tips, and tools to help you create an organized and efficient homeschooling environment, even in small spaces like your living room or kitchen table. Plus, we’ll provide you with some fantastic ideas for homeschool organization that will make planning a breeze. Get ready to streamline your homeschool!

1. Create a Dedicated Homeschool Space

While a dedicated homeschool room is ideal, it’s not always possible. Instead, designate a specific area in your home, whether it’s a corner of the living room, the kitchen table, or even a cozy nook in the dining room. This helps create a focused environment for learning and ensures that your homeschool supplies are easily accessible. A dedicated space may be all over Instagram, but you homeschool in your home, so create a homeschool storage system that makes sense for you, even if it’s the dining room table.

2. Utilize Small Spaces Efficiently

For homeschooling in small spaces, think vertically and use wall space for storage. Install shelves, pegboards, or wall-mounted storage units to keep art supplies, craft materials, and books neatly organized. Milk crates and wicker baskets can also be stacked or hung to create storage pockets for various items. The organizational system that works best is the one you’ll actually use.

3. Invest in Practical Storage Solutions

Storage bins, supply caddies, and glass jars are your best friends. Use clear glass jars to store art supplies, small items, or craft materials. Label storage bins for different subjects or grade levels and consider using different colors for easy identification. Keep in mind your younger children will need easy access to craft supplies in any given week. Creating a great place takes a little time, but you can make it your own space.

4. Establish a Homeschool Planner

A homeschool planner is a must-have. It can be a physical planner or a digital tool. Use it to jot down lesson plans, homeschool days, and weekly assignment sheets. This will keep you on track and ensure that nothing falls through the cracks. Teacher planners are great for homeschool families who need to keep track of a child’s assignments, kids’ work, and a homeschool schedule. Student planners, especially for high school, are great if you’re using a digital homeschool curriculum that has a typical week, easy steps, and to-do lists. Daily work can be tracked and simple tips for your student to make the most of the planner can go a long way. A good fit when homeschool planning is, at the end of the day, the one that works for you.

5. Morning Basket and Routine

Kickstart your homeschool day with a morning basket. Gather language arts materials, engaging books, and any other resources you want to cover as a family. This is a great way to ease into the day and cover subjects that all your kids can enjoy together. You can create a little basket for each of your younger grades and your young children can take ownership over their homeschool books. During morning time, you can relieve some of the overwhelm and amount of time it takes to get focused. Think of your daily plan when setting up this type of homeschool area, what extra space you might have, and the different ways you can create the perfect spot.

6. Individual Workstations for Older Children

If you have older kids, consider providing each child with their own desk or workspace. This encourages independence and responsibility. They can keep their textbooks, notebooks, and assignments organized in their designated space.

7. Use Chalkboard Paint and Whiteboards

Chalkboard paint or adhesive whiteboards can transform any wall into an educational space. Use it to display the weekly schedule and important dates, or even as a creative outlet for kids to express themselves. And a bonus during family game nights is the ability to grab those lap-sized whiteboards for tracking scores, etc. #winwin

8. Keep Teacher Manuals and Resources Handy

Designate a shelf or a file folder system to store teacher manuals, curriculum resources, and educational materials. This will save you time searching for materials during school time when you need to access those file folders. This can help make homeschool organization a breeze.

9. Plan Meals and Breaks Ahead

Meal planning is a game-changer. Prep meals in advance to save time during the day. Incorporate regular breaks and physical activity into your schedule to keep your homeschool family refreshed and energized. One of the best things about homeschooling is the freedom to incorporate real life into your favorite homeschool organization ideas.

10. Regular Homeschool Records and Evaluations

Set up a system for keeping track of your homeschool records, including assignments, completed work, and any assessments. This will help you gauge your child’s progress and make adjustments as needed. At the start of the new homeschool year, think ahead to the type of records you’ll need to keep and the different methods available to you to track and document.

Incorporate these homeschool organization tips into your routine to ensure a smooth and successful homeschooling experience. Remember, what works best will depend on your family’s unique needs and preferences, so feel free to adapt and modify these ideas to create the perfect homeschool space for your family. Happy homeschooling!


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Organize Your Homeschool

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #192, Organize Your Homeschool, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Organize Your Homeschool

In “Organize Your Home School,” Episode, #192, Meredith Curtis tackles organization. Don’t panic! It is possible to organize the year ahead, schedule, and the stuff you use to teach with – books, papers, assignments. Meredith even walks through setting up the homeschool room for easy storage and clean up each day after school. And how do you eat an elephant-or get organized? One step at a time. So let’s do this!

 

 

 


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No one ever warned me that homeschooling creates piles of papers, stacks of books, and a myriad of simple choices – like how many pages to read this week or where should I store my stuff or “Mom, what should I do today?”

So, let’s tackle organization step by step.

Organize the Homeschool Room

Start first or if not enough time, work on slowly thru year and move on to lesson planning & scheduling.

Storage, book shelves, school year book shelf, place for children to store all their stuff together

Stuff Use most, easiest to access and put away

Places for piles- shelf, children’s tote

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6 Smart Storage Solutions to Eliminate Homeschool Clutter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson Planning

Subjects, classes, books, projects

Mapping the Year/ Leave Catch Up Weeks

Handy-Dandy Folder Method

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Scheduling

Family Calendar, Mom Schedule, Kid’s Schedules

Flexible Block Scheduling

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Special Replay: Habits of the Organized Homeschool Mom

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Hey homeschoolers!

This week we are discussing habits of the organized homeschool mom. If organization doesn’t come naturally to you as it doesn’t for me, I think you’ll enjoy this episode. First, if you haven’t listened to the last two episodes I did on planning, you’ll want listen to them first.

Organizing didn’t come naturally to me. I’ve had to learn it the hard way. But today I feel like I’m organized enough to do everything God has called me to do as a homeschooling mom. If you’d like to take a shorter journey to organization than I took, this article is for you. These are the habits of an organized homeschool mom.

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Why Happy Homeschool Moms Are Planners

How to Keep Happy Planning Going

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using an app for prayer time

Where once it was challenging to find curriculum that worked well in a homeschool setting, now we’re tearing our hair out trying to decide what to buy and what to use once we buy it.

 

I attended a kindergarten graduation with my second son and was wowed by the kindergartners who performed musically for the ceremony. These children seemed so advanced. My son sat at the graduation, clearly not paying attention to the ceremony at all. It’s so ridiculous now, but I thought he and I were lacking something. That son ironically grew up to be an advanced student and a part of our church’s worship band. I didn’t begin pressing him to do more after that kindergarten graduation, but I could have. I could have let fear about not measuring up add to the burden of homeschooling instead of the joy of it.

I asked Diona to talk about The Organized Homeschool Life, which is a plan for helping us to be the organized homeschool moms God has called us to be. Listen to what she said on the podcast.

The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner will help you to create the habits of an organized homeschool mom. First, every day your planner will direct you to spend time with the Lord. Rather than having long lined pages to complete that aren’t realistic for busy moms like us, you’ll have a few lines on which to write your gratitude to God, the word you heard from God, and your response to Him in prayer. Even if all you do is just complete that part of your daily plan, you’ll feel connected to the Lord.

The next habit The Organized Homeschool Life helps you develop is routines. Each day you’ll create a basic schedule for your day. You’ll be guided in the process of creating a routine with a helpful printable. Once you’ve created a workable routine, creating a loose schedule of specific tasks for the day will be easy and gratifying.

The third habit The Organized Homeschool Life helps us develop is decluttering. You’ll be challenged to declutter after Christmas, to declutter bedrooms, clothing, used curriculum, and the places in your home that tend to collect clutter. In the Organized Homeschool Life Facebook group, you’ll receive prompts to remind you to keep up your decluttering habit.

The Organized Homeschool Life also helps you have realistic expectations. Each challenge is made up of four steps that take just 15 minutes each. You’ll be amazed by how much you can do in such a short period of time. The Organized Homeschool Life Planner includes space for your organizing task of the day, so you’re reminded to stay on track with these missions or other organizing tasks you need to do.

In studying my own productivity for a year, I found that on average I completed just six tasks a day, aside from my routine tasks. That’s why there is space for just six tasks on your daily planning page. It feels amazing to complete your task list for the day and not feel like a failure because you haven’t done all 30 of the items on your overly long list.

Finally, The Organized Homeschool Life is a plan. You can develop your own plan for organizing your homeschool life or you can save yourself time and use or tweak mine. The Organized Homeschool Life gives you a starting point. Each week, the four steps of the challenge for the week are outlined for you in a very short read in the book. The weekly planning page in the planner lists the steps for the week, allowing you to plan when to do them. The planner is organized into months and weeks but isn’t dated, so you can start organizing your homeschool life at any time.

I want homeschooling moms have the peace and joy that I have in planning an organized homeschool life. That is why from now through November 17th, 2018, you can gift yourself both the book and planner at launch pricing. Whether you prefer digital books and planners or you love having a printed book and beautifully spiral-bound planner to use, you’ll find both here.

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Not sure you can keep up the organizing habit? Be sure to check out How to Keep the Happy Planning Going. You can also give The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner a try with the Christmas Planning challenge. You’ll receive sample pages that will tell you if the The Organized Homeschool Life is for you before the sale is over. Click the image at Homeschool Sanity to sign up for it.

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