When you’re a homeschooling family, it’s tough to keep your home tidy. After all, so much of life and learning happen within the four walls of your home. And right about now, just as warmer temperatures and sunny days have you itching to get outside, it’s time for spring cleaning.
What you need is an easy-to-follow action plan to spring clean your homeschool this week. That’s why I created the Homeschool Spring Cleaning Worksheet as part of my Free Homeschool Organization Pack. Before you grab it, use these tips to help you make the most of it.
#1. Start Small and Keep Cleaning Sessions Short
Start simple and start small. Focus on one drawer, one shelf, or one crate. Spend ten minutes with a trash can or recycling bin in hand, and toss out anything that’s clearly junk. Starting small with an easy task helps you avoid feeling overwhelmed. It gives you the opportunity to start thinking about homeschool organization solutions that fit your own homeschool setup. And then you’ll be ready to tackle the tasks in the Homeschool Spring Cleaning Worksheet.
#2. Give Your Kids a Job
Get your kids spring cleaning their homeschool room right along with you. Think of spring cleaning as part of your child’s homeschool lesson this week. They’re each getting a five-to-ten minute lesson in how to tidy and organize their workspace.
Explain to them that “when things are tidy, it’s easier to find what you need and finish your work faster.” This might just free up time to do something you’d enjoy more – like homeschooling outdoors in the spring sunshine!
#3. Sell Your Old or Unused Homeschool Books Now
Spring cleaning your homeschool, whether you have a dedicated schoolroom or use your whole house, gives you a chance to identify books or curriculum you no longer use. And now is the time to think about selling it. Then you’ll have some cash in hand to get a jump start on replacing supplies to get you through the end of this year, or even started on buying next year’s homeschool supplies.
And honestly, this is about the time of year that homeschool moms would rather look at new curriculum than finish up the old!
Tip: Ask older children for help to identify books that ready to sell or pass on to a younger sibling.
#4. Make Homeschool Cleanup Part of Your Family Routine
Consider adding “homeschool cleaning” into your homeschool routine. This helps reduce the time needed for a full spring homeschool clean. And it teaches kids the value of staying organized and tidy.
Even small children can help collect broken crayons, empty glue sticks, and used workbooks. They can dust, group crayons and/or pencil crayons and markers. Give them a damp cloth to wipe out shelves and drawers.
Homeschool moms are busy people, especially those of us with home-based businesses, large families, and children under the age of five. I get it – that’s why I developed these worksheets. I hope they help you as much as they help me!
Head on over to Off Grid Life and download your Free Homeschool Spring Cleaning Worksheet (it’s part of my Homeschool Organization Pack) Today!
Sarita Harbour is a busy mom/step-mom blessed with seven kids ranging from age 29 down to five. She lives off the grid with her family in a lakefront chalet in the beautiful wilderness of Canada’s far north. Sarita is so grateful to work from home while giving her two youngest children a Christian homeschool education. She spends her days teaching, writing, and learning the ropes of homesteading off the grid. Visit her site, Off Grid Life, for free printables and resources on getting started with homesteading, off grid living, frugal living, foraging, and wilderness living skills for the whole family.
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