Homeschool moms have a lot of paper and digital resources to organize and file. The summer is a great time to dive into some easy digital decluttering that will make a big difference in your home and homeschool. Here are three ways you can simplify your life with paper and digital decluttering.
Declutter Your Email
Is your inbox as full as mine?
The amount of clutter that fills an email inbox is truly staggering. Sometimes in order to simplify the stress, you just need to declutter the email box. But going through each email one by one and deciding whether to keep or toss can be exhausting, not to mention time consuming!
There must be an easier way – and there is!
I heard about Unroll.me on a podcast episode. I wasn’t sure it would make much difference, but the results have been impressive. Now, instead of getting 20 or more random emails per day, I get my “roll up” from Unroll.me and glance through that one round-up email to see if I want to actually open specific emails.
You get to instantly see a list of all your subscription emails and decide whether to unsubscribe, keep them in your inbox, or add to your Rollup.
And did I mention that Unroll.me is free? Yes, it is! It’s a great tool for digital decluttering.
Declutter Homeschool Planners
If your homeschool planning needs a makeover before the new school year, then this is the perfect time to try Trello.
Trello is a list management tool that allows you to communicate with team members (your kids) and share checklists, links, documents, files, and other important resources that help your kids complete their school work.
Now you can ditch the cluttery paper planners and paper lists that may or may not be checked each day.
Easily access your kids’ Trello lists to see which subjects have been completed for the week. Easily rearrange the list of school tasks for the week. Easily add in extra assignments or take away assignments as needed.
Bonus points because you can also create your lists on Trello then print out the lists if you really want a paper option.
Check out these posts for more information about using Trello for your homeschooling planning and scheduling.
- Easy Homeschool Scheduling with Trello Bonus: this post includes multiple videos to show you how Trello works!
- How to Organize Your Homeschool Schedule on Trello (even if you’re not techie)
- 7 Reasons to Use Trello for Homeschool High School Schedules + FREE cheatsheet
Declutter Your Personal Calendar
If you have piles of sticky notes and multiple planners, then you’re pretty normal – but also probably pretty overwhelmed!
Many people use a monthly calendar, then also use a menu planner, the kids bring home schedules from sports and co-ops, and you also keep a list of Christmas gifts to buy. Plus don’t forget the homeschool lesson planner!
There’s just so much to keep track of when you’re a homeschool mom.
So in order to simplify, have you considered decluttering your whole personal planning system? A bullet journal is a great solution because it’s customizable to fit all your planning needs.
Check out these posts to get more details about what a bullet journal is, how to use it, and how it can benefit you as a homeschool mom:
- How to Use a Bullet Journal as Your Homeschool Planner
- Homeschool Bullet Journals
- Learning the Bullet Journal System
- 10 Reasons Why Homeschool Moms Need a Bullet Journal
Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.