Spring Cleaning Your Homeschool

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Spring Cleaning Your HomeschoolAs we wave goodbye to the chilly days of winter and welcome the fresh breezes of spring, it’s the perfect time to breathe new life into our homeschool routines. Spring cleaning isn’t just for our homes—it’s also a wonderful opportunity to refresh and reorganize our homeschool spaces, curricula, and learning approaches. Let’s dive into how you can spring clean your homeschool to make the most of this vibrant season!

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1. Sort Through Your Curriculum when Spring Cleaning

The first step in spring cleaning your homeschool is to evaluate your curriculum. Gather all your textbooks, workbooks, and digital resources. It’s time to decide what stays, what goes, and what needs a little tweaking.

  • Keep: Set aside the materials that have been effective and enjoyable for your children. These are the keepers for the upcoming seasons.
  • Toss: Identify any resources that haven’t met your expectations or no longer align with your educational goals. Consider donating these materials to other homeschool families or selling them online.
  • Revise: For curriculum elements that are almost right but need adjustments, think creatively about how you can modify them to better suit your needs.

Helpful Podcasts to help you organize your curriculum and more.

2. Organize Your Homeschool Space when Spring Cleaning

A cluttered space can lead to a cluttered mind. Spring is the perfect time to organize your homeschool area to make it more functional and inviting.

  • Supplies: Sort through all your supplies. Sharpen pencils, restock paper, and organize art supplies. Use bins, shelves, and labels to keep everything in its place.
  • Learning Zones: Designate specific areas for different activities. A cozy corner for reading, a well-lit table for writing and drawing, and a clear space for hands-on projects can help define your educational environment.
  • Display Work: Refresh the area where you display your children’s work. Rotate in new pieces to keep the display current and to celebrate their hard work and creativity. Or create a book of their work using an old photo album!

3. Embrace Outdoor Learning

With the warmer weather, spring is an ideal time to take learning outside. Not only does it break the monotony of indoor education, but it also offers unique and interactive learning opportunities.

  • Nature Studies: Use your local park or backyard as a classroom. Observing plants, animals, and insects can spark interest in biology and environmental science.
  • Art and Writing: Encourage your children to draw or write outside. Nature can be a fantastic muse for artistic and literary projects.
  • Physical Education: Take advantage of the nice weather to incorporate more physical activity into your homeschool routine. Hiking, biking, or even just a walk around the neighborhood can be great for physical health and mental well-being.

Helpful Podcasts on outside learning, getting outdoors, and homeschooling during the change of seasons.

Spring Cleaning Your Homeschool: Fresh Strategies for a Productive Season

Spring cleaning your homeschool is about more than just tidying up—it’s an opportunity to reflect on what’s working, make adjustments where necessary, and set a positive tone for the months ahead. By going through your curriculum, organizing your space, and making the most of outdoor learning, you can invigorate your homeschool experience. Embrace this season of renewal to create an inspiring and productive learning environment for your family. Happy spring cleaning, and here’s to a fresh start in your homeschool journey!


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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.

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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!

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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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Setting Up for the Holidays 🎄 Creating Holiday Memories to Cut Down on Clutter Prepping for Spring Homeschooling 🌼 the transition smooth and stress-free.

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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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Vintage HS Moms – De-Junking & Homeschool Organization

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Are you ready for a fresh start this coming new year? But where do you start, and how do you avoid losing those important documents or treasured mementos along the way? Fear not, for Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis, experienced homeschoolers, are here to share their invaluable insights and tips on how to navigate the maze of dejunking and organizing for a smooth-sailing academic year.

Let’s Talk About DeJunking & Homeschool Organization for the New Year

Are you ready for a fresh start this coming new year? Want to know more about homeschool organization and decluttering?  But where do you start, and how do you avoid losing those important documents or treasured mementos along the way? Fear not, for Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis, experienced homeschoolers, are here to share their invaluable insights and tips on how to navigate the maze of dejunking and organizing for a smooth-sailing academic year.

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You will so love this! Felice and Meredith share years of experience in homeschooling and now, they discuss great tips for getting your life organized and not losing those precious treasures or important documents.

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Felice & Meredith: A Wealth of Experience

As hosts of numerous homeschooling podcasts, authors of insightful books, and mentors to many, Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis bring a wealth of experience to the table. Their journey through the realm of homeschooling has provided them with a deep understanding of the challenges and triumphs that come with the territory.

The Art of Dejunking and Homeschool Organization

Dejunking – a word that might sound a bit daunting, but fear not! Felice and Meredith emphasize the importance of decluttering to create an environment conducive to learning. But how do you begin this process without feeling overwhelmed?

“Start small,” advises Meredith. *”Don’t try to declutter your entire home in a day. Begin with one room or even one corner. Set achievable goals that won’t leave you feeling exhausted or demotivated.”*

The duo also stresses the significance of involving the whole family. Dejunking can be a shared venture, teaching children the value of organization and decluttering while fostering a sense of responsibility.

“Make it a fun activity,”*Felice suggests. “Create challenges or set time limits for decluttering sessions. Encourage kids to find items they no longer use or need, promoting a sense of ownership over their space.”

Organizing: A Key to Success

With a decluttered space comes the need for effective organization. Felice and Meredith understand the importance of preserving important documents and cherished memories.

“Invest in organizational tools,” says Meredith. “Folders, filing systems, or even digital storage can be lifesavers when it comes to keeping track of academic records, certificates, or cherished keepsakes. Labeling and categorizing are your best friends in this journey.”

However, they also stress the significance of finding a balance between sentimentality and practicality.

“While it’s essential to treasure memories,”* Felice shares, *”it’s equally important to be selective about what you keep. Encourage kids to choose their most cherished items, and perhaps consider digitizing some memories to save space.”

The new year brings with it an opportunity for a fresh start, and organizing is the cornerstone of success.

Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis offer a treasure trove of tips and guidance to navigate the often-daunting task of dejunking and organizing. Their insights not only ensure a clutter-free environment but also foster a sense of responsibility and organization among the family members.

So, as you gear up for the new year, take a cue from these seasoned homeschooling experts. Start small, involve the whole family, invest in organizational tools, and find the balance between sentimentality and practicality. Here’s to a well-organized, clutter-free, and successful academic year!


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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.

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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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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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