Spring is a season of fresh starts. As the earth is cleansed by the spring rains, we are inspired to clean and air out our homes after winter. Just like a new year is a good time to reset your homeschool, now is a great time to spring clean your homeschool!
Reasons To Spring Clean Your Homeschool
- Decluttering, organizing, and cleaning out your homeschool room (or zones throughout the house) will help you to regain composure as a homeschool teacher and reclaim your purpose as a homeschool family.
- Knowing exactly which resources, books, curriculum, and other school supplies you have will help you to better plan and prepare your homeschool lessons.
- Less clutter and mess will help both you and your children focus and stay on task during school time.
- Organizing your books and resources will make it easier and quicker for your students to find what they need when they need it.
How To Spring Clean Your Homeschool
- Just like deep cleaning your house, you will want to be very thorough. Depending on how many students you have, how long you have been homeschooling, and how large of a room (or area) you have, this could take a full day or a full week. Plan accordingly.
- Plan on taking a break from typical school lessons when you spring clean your homeschool.
- Enlist the help of your older children and have plans to keep young children occupied (or hire a babysitter). Keep toddlers busy and (hopefully) out of the way with busy boxes, “special time” toys, or by having them watch educational videos while you and the older children work.
Tip: Start the day caring for your youngest children’s needs and wants first to give you the best chance of a few hours to dedicate to your task. Just 15 minutes of devoted time with each child will help you all have a more peaceful day.
- Decide your strategy. If you have a dedicated homeschool room, then divide by sections (bookshelf, cabinet, desk, table, bins, etc.). If you have several homeschool areas throughout the house, then list each of them. Writing down the different sections or areas will give you a clear idea of where to start and the ability to check off each section as you go.
- Start with the hardest section. Once you have it decluttered, organized, and cleaned out it only gets easier from there!
- Use garbage bags or laundry baskets and have one each for garbage, donations, resell, and keep.
- Throw away items that are no longer useful. Donate or sell resources your homeschool has outgrown or no longer use.
- If you have several years between grades, consider whether storing something for future use is worth the space or whether selling the item would be more beneficial.
- Reevaluate how and where you store homeschool items. Try to think through the usual homeschool routine your family has and set up the supplies and curriculum to reflect that natural routine. For example: Do you always read together in the living room? Perhaps storing your selection of living books in the living room bookshelf makes more sense than having to trek upstairs to retrieve them.
- Choose an organization system. Will you separate resources by grade, subject, or something else? Decide and stick to what you choose to keep everything streamlined.
- Finally, take note of items that you need by making a list as you go. This will help you get a complete inventory of your homeschool resources, and as you spring clean your homeschool room/area, you can check off items if you find that you already have them.
It can seem overwhelming to tackle that homeschool space, but if you follow the steps outlined above, it will make it much easier to spring clean your homeschool.