You’ve gone to a great convention, you’ve learned so much, and now you’re home with a whole bag full of flyers. You’ve found some great resources, so what do you do to cut down the clutter, and make sure you don’t lose any of flyers you want to have one hand?
I’ve created a simple system that will tame your clutter and organize your flyers for the entirety of your homeschool career.
What you’ll need:
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How you’ll start narrowing down your convention clutter:
Sit down with your pile of flyers and sort through them. Make three piles –
A) Trash. You are not going to need 50 – 75% of them for your school. Know your homeschool vision and mission. If a company or opportunity does not line up with your ideals, throw it out. It’s not worth hanging on to flyers or clutter if it’s not something that will work well for your family.
B) Pinterest. Create a board on your Pinterest account for convention information. If there’s a company or opportunity you would like to simply save for later because it may line up with your vision and mission, pin the home page of that company’s website to your board. Once you’ve pinned the website, throw away the flyers.
C) Notebook. This pile is for any flyer or handout that you want to keep for your homeschool. Make sure these are high quality opportunities or companies that line up with your mission and vision.
How you create your flyer filing system:
1) Label your dividers: Current Year, 1 – 2 Years, 3 – 4 Years, 5 – 8 Years, 9 + Years
2) Place your dividers into your notebook, adding 2-3 page protectors in between each divider.
3) After sorting, insert the handouts into the page protectors according to the time frame when you will need them.
How to use your notebook:
Once you’ve created your flyer notebook, simply check through it at the end of each semester in preparation for the next few months of schooling your children. Use any resources that add value to your year and remove any flyers that are no longer relevant. When you flip through your notebook, make a point to also visit your convention Pinterest board and check for relevant resources there as well. Sit down and repeat the system after every convention or event, and update your dividers at the end of every school year. Your system will stay up to date and remain useful when you follow this process.
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