Simple Organization Tips…
I pretty much believe that organization is the key to my sanity, making organization tips a must in my world.
I thrive when I am able to work in a clean, organized space. My kids do too.
While they don’t always notice the benefits of a tidy space on a daily basis, they definitely experience the frustration that comes when something isn’t in its proper place.
Shoes for example… Anyone else?
If you’re always on the lookout for new organizing ideas and tips, rest assured that you’re not alone! Even I constantly change up our organizational systems! Kids grow, needs change, and organization styles need updating from time to time!
Need homeschool-specific organization tips? Check out 5 Simple Homeschool Organization Ideas for a little inspiration!
Keeping my house tidy feels like a full-time job most days.
Between laundry, dishes, and pestering my children to pick up after themselves – it just doesn’t seem to end.
I wish I could tell you that there was a fix-all, but unfortunately, that’s not reality. There are, however, some things that make this daunting task of organization just a little easier to manage!
4 Practical Ways to Stay Organized
Organization Tips for Everyone…
Use Baskets, Bags, & Bins
Organization makes me happy, plain and simple!
From simple totes to decorative wicker baskets – home organization just wouldn’t be possible without the use of baskets, bags, and bins. I also love decorating with these items, making this one of my absolute favorite organization tips of all!
Check out my Top 5 Must-Haves for Home Organization
- Close to Home Caddy – This caddy is perfect for pens, pencils, and other simple crafting or office supplies! Definitely, a must-have in our homeschool!
- Deluxe Utility Tote – YES! We have a couple of these in our home and they are perfect for so many things! You can check out all our favorite uses HERE
- Rolling Metal Cart – Seriously though! Homeschool mom or not – these rolling carts are amazing for simple home organization! You can tuck them away and pull them out when needed. Check out our other rolling cart favorites 2 tier rolling cart for under desk storage & 3 tier rolling cart for tons of extra color options!
- Wooden File Box – This box was a huge game-changer for our homeschool paperwork! It keeps a desk or office area looking super tidy (compared to the cardboard box we used to sport in our homeschool area).
- Traditional Baskets – I am a huge sucker for wicker baskets and bins! I have so many favorites I can’t even share them all with you! Check out my current top 3
- Wire Baskets – I seriously use these style baskets in every shape and size! This extra-large basket is totally perfect for things like blankets, stuffed animal storage, or even keeping toilet paper corralled in the bottom of a linen closet (we have 3 and yes that’s what I use them for, no joke!)
- Metal Bins – I have two of these and they are amazing! Super high quality and absolutely perfect for things like journals and photo albums.
- Tall Baskets – While this specific one is on my wish list, I have one that is similar to it. These are so great for things like laundry, wrapping paper, or blanket storage.
Looking for simple ways to organize your homeschool using Thirty-One Products? Check out Thirty-One Homeschool Organization Solutions to see how we use Thirty-One as part of our homeschool organization!
Make a List
I can’t stress this enough.
I could seriously make a list for anything and everything! Chore charts, handwritten lists, to do lists on your phone or tablet. Whatever your style, just sit down and make a list!
Personally, I do a mixture. We have a wall-mounted chore chart in our home that we utilize daily, but I also like to write or email myself little reminders from time to time.
It’s easier to stay on top of things when there is a visual aid reminding you of everything you need to accomplish for the day. I’m a list lover, so this came naturally to me. If you’re an anti-list person, it may take many attempts before you find the method that works for you, but don’t give up!
Seriously though – Lists motivate. Lists work!
If you’re in desperate need of a new to-do list that works, but you aren’t sure how to get started – Check out my tips for planning a simple catch-up day. Plus get your hands on a free printable to-do list!
If you’re looking for something a little more in-depth – check out Mom’s Printable To-Do List (a priority tracker freebie)
Put the Kids to Work
Ok – I know some people find this notion completely crazy — and to each their own.
I, however, think it’s super important for kids to work.
If we constantly do everything for our children while they are young, they will expect the world to do everything for them when they are adults! Putting our children to work is essentially building them up to be responsible grown-ups, which is a good thing!
Homeschooling can wreak some serious havoc on a house, but we shouldn’t let it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with intertwining chores & school together in one happy package.
Easier said than done though. Trust me, I know.
All kids are different, and some will adapt to this concept much easier than others!
Take my kids for example. I have a 13-year-old who lacks the motivation to do anything that doesn’t include music or legos. He needs constant reminders to do his school work and his chores.
Then I have a 10-year-old that works harder than most grown men. No joke! This kid does extra schoolwork and rarely gets behind on chores.
Last comes my lively 5-year-old. She’s a wonderful mixture of accidental spills & trying to help, which in reality only creates more of a mess. With these three, my hands are full for sure. However, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Looking for simple ways to get the kids involved? Check out the 90 Minute Chore Routine for Homeschoolers.
I would love to say that homeschooling makes it easier for all kids to stay on top of their chores, but that isn’t always the case. Some kids, like my oldest, will need constant reminders. Others will pick it up quickly and easily.
Either way, it’s a learning process for the entire family, but it’s essential! Kids need to learn how to function as adults and giving them responsibilities around the house is the best place to start!
Life isn’t perfect.
We will have busy days and sick days. The laundry will get backed up, things will get spilled, and the unexpected will happen. However, if we work as a team and all do our part – it doesn’t have to be completely overwhelming.
Organization and a clean working environment are key to a functioning homeschool!
It’s work, but it’s totally worth it.
Get your kids involved, and don’t give up!
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