Welcome to Day 1 of the 5 Days to an Organized Homeschool Challenge!
It’s incredibly easy to get bogged down in paper clutter. We don’t like to get rid of any of the work the kids are doing, and we can end up with papers everywhere!!
Let’s tame the paper clutter so we can find everything else that’s hiding underneath!
Step 1: Lay out four bins or spaces you can use as sorting stations. Label or arrange them so you can use them easily. You will be sorting items into trash, in use, keepsake, and portfolio piles/bins.
Trash: Anything you know you won’t need again. There’s no reason to keep math lessons that have been done, corrected, and put in a pile. Keep the tests at the end of each unit, and one or two lessons that show a child’s work. Know the laws in your state and know what you will need to show to authorities if necessary. As long as you don’t have to keep every lesson to show work, don’t.
In use: This pile is for anything that you or a child have left out that needs a home. Stick everything that needs a home in this bin, and you’ll take care of it at the end of sorting.
Keepsake: Place items in this bin that you don’t need to keep for a work portfolio, but that you like and want to hold onto for the memories associated with them.
Portfolio: It’s wise as a homeschool parent to keep a basic portfolio of your child’s work for several reasons. You don’t have to keep everything though. Keep any final drafts of writing, math end of chapter tests, any write ups of a child’s projects, etc. Keep only a few copies of the day to day.
Step 2: Start with any stray papers on any surface in your school room. Use the bins/spaces and sort the papers into the correct locations.
Step 3: Once you’ve tackled surfaces, move to drawers. Clean out the papers from every drawer in your desk and your kids’ desks. Sort them into the pins/spaces mentioned in step 2.
Step 4: Repeat the process of steps 2 and 3 with any shelves in your homeschool space.
Step 5: Repeat the process of steps 2 and 3 with any notebooks you use for homeschooling.
Step 6: Continue with the sorting process in any other location you store papers.
Step 7: It’s time to take care of your sorted bins. Take the trash pile to the recycle bin or trash can.
Step 8: Create a keepsake binder for each child. Sort the keepsake pile into separate piles for each child and then place the keepsake papers into the correct binder. Use dividers to separate work by year and try to keep keepsakes to only one or two binders per child for their school careers.
Step 9: Sort the portfolio bin by child, and create a portfolio with a binder for each child. Like the keepsake binders, use dividers to separate years, and make sure you label them.
Step 10: Find a home for each paper in the In Use bin.
This is a quick process that will help you sort, organize, and find a home for the papers that easily clutter up a homeschool class. This is enough for the first day of organizing your homeschool space. Click here when you finish for Day 2: Order Your Desks and Bins!
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