your house beginning to look like a schoolhouse? What with the litter of books,
colored pencils, crayons, paper, etc. lying everywhere? Not even kitchen is
spared, making the whole house look like it was ravaged by hurricane. What to
do? Here are some handy and effective hints.
Shelves, boxes and bins. Organize
flashcards in shoeboxes (the clear, plastic ones are wonderful) and cut up
subject dividers to keep them separate. Keep large containers with
lids for crayons, pencils, stickers and other items. This allow for quick
cleanup. A box or milkcrate for each child makes transporting to another room or
location handy and keep everything together.
Keep a “return” bin handy for
books and videos that need to be returned to the library or school.
Consider putting up a large bulletin board for
papers and clearing the board at the beginning of each month. Keeping a bulletin
board in each child’s room also gives them a place to hang the real
Find a closet or set of cupboards that
you can devote entirely to school materials. Lots of shelves are great for
organizing and stacking. Putting all your homeschool materials away at the end
of the week forces you to check on the piles that easily build up.
Keep on top of housework by
assigning chores. Spending a half hour making beds and picking up before school
makes a huge difference. Even the youngest can empty a small garbage can or feed
Make children clean up in
small spurts during the day so you don’t end up with an enormous mess at the
end of the day. Allow kids a break between lessons but only after they clean
something up. (Sure it’s a bribe but it works!)
Buy a 10” x 12” whiteboard for
each child to keep the paper buildup down. Kids love them and they are great to
work math problems on or practice a new cursive letter.
Invest in an inexpensive three-hole punch that
makes any paper fit into a binder. Make it your child’s responsibility to get
papers into his notebook.