Homeschool Clutter

Children Shouldn’t Do Chores

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Romans 14:19  “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

I am the director of a large homeschool organization here in Memphis, TN, calledP226 Innovative Homeschoolers. We started monthly topic meetings this school year. We had our first monthly topic meeting on Tuesday to learn how to declutter and organize our homes. I can say with all honesty I am not sure if I connected declutter with a marvelous homeschool experience.

I think it’s safe to say a lot of us don’t make that connection at times. Personally, our home is not super cluttered, and we aren’t neat freaks either – but there is something about having a home free of clutter which can enhance your homeschool experience.

Here are a few tips we learned

The first thing we learned is our homes should be peaceful and bring us peace.

I think this is so true especially if you are homeschooling inside your home all day -every day. You want peace in your home, right?

What about value?

Do the items in your home add value to your life?

Honestly, who thinks about that? But the more I do think about it, it’s true. I do my writings on my patio outside on the patio furniture we recently purchased. (I shared it on my post – creating a sanctuary in your home). I would say this patio furniture does add value to my life because for one; I go out to the patio to talk and pray to God. And two, I go out to the patio to write godly content for the homeschool community. (On a side note, as I typed these words sitting on my value adding patio furniture, a large lizard came charging at me out of the bushes. I screamed so loudly it ran away – and so did I!) You can’t make this stuff up!

But now that the lizard is gone – back to my point. If the items in your home don’t add value to your life – then why have it? It’s clutter – so you should consider getting rid of as much clutter as possible which will bring peace to your home.

Managing Items

Something else we learned is how we often forget that every item in our home must be managed.

Seriously?

Yes, it must be managed. Do you manage the items you bring into your home? Most of us don’t do a great job at it. We bring items we think we need into our homes…we don’t use them – they don’t have a place inside our home – SO they end up as clutter – which DOES NOT bring peace into our homes. Consider each item in your home. Are you managing these items well? If not, why not? Do you really need those item? Maybe you don’t really need it if it has no place inside your home and you’re not managing it well. That’s something to consider.

Be a Contributor

Something else we learned is, we need to teach our children NOT to do chores, rather, – contribute! I found that amazing. They are contributing to the peacefulness inside their home by helping it stay clean and organized. When children understand it from that perspective, they are more excited to contribute to the home rather than feeling like it’s a chore to help around the house. Explain to your children how to help contribute to the peacefulness of where they live.

A Better Homeschool Life

Having a peaceful organized home leads to a better homeschool experience. Why? Because you spend less time looking for items you need for school. The less clutter you have the more organized you can become. And you feel happy inside an organized home and who doesn’t want a happy homeschool day?

Our speaker gave us a lot of tips at the meeting Tuesday night. Our family did one of those tips right away. That same night after the meeting, we set a 10-minute timer and we each (all six of us) cleaned up some area of the home before going to bed. WOW! I am not sure I can explain the joyful feeling I had seeing our entire living space clear and clean and waking up to a peaceful feeling the next morning. Imagine feeling that way every morning when you wake up before you start school.

Umm…This Seems Overwhelming

Don’t panic or make yourself feel like you can’t possibly organize your home. It can be done. Just start small. The key point our speaker made was changing our mindset. If you change your mindset to have a clutter free house you can accomplish this in small steps. Take only 15 minutes at a time to get rid of clutter.

I don’t want to pretend like I am an expert on home organization, so I am happy to share more detailed notes and information our professional home organizer shared. She passed out amazing notes and shared amazing statistics on how much money we spend on stuff we don’t need, how much time we spend a year looking for lost items inside our home, and how to start small with declutter. Feel free to reach out to me.

Believe it or not, every space inside your home does not have to be filled – so let freedom reign inside your home this homeschool year and declutter it.

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”

~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS

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