Welcome to Day 3 of the 5 Days to an Organized Homeschool Challenge!
I don’t know about you, but I have pens, pencils, and markers galore all over this house. In fact, one of my first posts when the blog and Instagram page started was showing my collection of mechanical pencils!
With all the writing supplies around here from time to time I have to go back to square one and reorient them all. This is the system I use, and it makes an easy day 3 of our organizing challenge.
Step 1: Time for your bins again! This time, you will use your bins to sort writing supplies based on type – pens, regular pencils, mechanical pencils, markers, crayons, colored pencils, and more.
Step 2: Gather. Go through your entire home and gather all of the writing supplies your family owns. Start in the school room and work through your whole house, placing everything in a pile to sort. This is a fun step to do with the kids – turn it into a scavenger hunt or competition!
Step 3: Sort. Once you’ve gathered all supplies, sort them based on their type. As you sort, toss any item that is worn, doesn’t work, or no longer has value.
Step 4: Find a home. Once you’ve sorted all of your items, it’s time to think through how you use writing supplies and where you need them in your home –
– Do you always find yourself frustrated when you go to grab a pen in a certain place? Put a cup there and put some pens in it.
– Do you need crayons in one certain location, or do you have kids coloring in different rooms? If they use crayons in one place, you just need to keep your crayons stored in one bin in that location. If you need to have crayons in several places, then split the collection of crayons up into several small bins and store them close to the locations where they are frequently needed.
– How many white boards do you use in your school? Will you need one bucket for all the dry-erase markers, or several?
This step is all about finding sensible places for quick, tidy access to writing utensils when they are needed.
Step 5: Store for later. After everything has a home, you may discover you have more than you need of one item. Store writing utensils by type in clear pencil boxes or small clear bins.
Step 6: Maintain your system. Refill your writing locations each month, and your storage bins when needed. Every couple months, take a few minutes to sort your writing supplies again, so that you’ll always have whatever supply you need on hand.
By this point, you should have three big sources of messiness taken care of for your homeschool room. Click here for Day 4: Calming the Book Chaos!
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