Decluttering Your Home And Homeschool

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(Last Updated On: August 3, 2022)

Decluttering can be such a buzz kill especially when you feel like you haven’t made any progress. It’s a proven fact that clutter can be the source of all kinds of mental and emotional stress. If I’m honest with you, I’ve felt like that numerous of times. I’ve been on a decluttering mission for a while now but I’m just getting around to implementing my plans.

Yes, it’s been hard to start, and even follow through, but I want to be a diligent and efficient keeper of my home as Titus 2:5 says. I’ve decided that I am going to declutter every nook and cranny in my home and sift through every single room with a fine-tooth comb. I’m going to get things out of my house that have just been sitting around collecting dust and caused me major overwhelm just by looking at them. 

I’m challenging myself to realize that I need to see decluttering and organizing as an ongoing task, not just something that gets done once, and then I never need to think about it again. It needs to be part of my lifestyle.

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Where To Start

Simple, start small. Take it one room at a time, one section at a time, one box at a time. I’m finding that getting rid of clutter is a difficult process because you don’t realize how much useless stuff you’ve accumulated over time until you start. So, beginning small and working towards the larger project is a good approach.

Ready to say goodbye to your cluttered house? Me too!

To help you with your (and my) decluttering mission, here are 11 things you can declutter today!

Homeschool Curriculum/Supplies

We do not have a dedicated homeschool room.  Instead, I store our materials and curriculum on several bookshelves and we do schoolwork in the dining room, kitchen, or living room.
 
I have a bad habit of letting papers, used workbooks, and projects pile up in one big mess. But I’m making better strides to either sort through it, trash it, or moved to a better spot.
 
Here are a few ways decluttering and organizing have helped us with homeschool supplies:
 
  • Use caddies: We keep our crayons, markers, coloring pencils, scissors, glue sticks, etc organized in a caddy. 
  • Use a shelf cubby with storage boxes: Our kids have their own box to keep their school work in. This keeps their stuff from getting mixed up. 
  • Group like items together: this makes items easier to find.
  • Use a rolling caddy: I have not done this yet, but this is something I’m considering using and having one for each child


 

Books

We LOVE books. We have a ton of books and most of which we want to keep. Bookcases can be hard to keep organized if you’re avid readers like us and want to keep your books. So what do you do?
 
Sort through your books and categorize them by type. If you’re fancy, you can even alphabetize them. For your kid’s books, sort them by hardbacks, soft covers, or subjects and put them inside book bins. If your kids have outgrown certain books like board books, ABC books, etc, simply donate them.
 
bookshelf with bins
 

Crafts

Our kiddos love crafting, so much so that we leave out arts and crafts supplies so they can have access to it anytime. After they’ve been displayed on the mudroom fridge, this usually means that their crafts tend to pile up and scatter across the house. 
mud room display
Instead of everything piling up or getting ruined, I started taking pictures of their creations and it goes right to my Amazon photos drive. From there I can then make a beautiful photo book of all their creations!
 
digital art
 
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Cell Phone

Have you ever decluttered your phone before? Your phone is most likely full of things you don’t use or need anymore. Here are a few easy things you can declutter on your phone:

If you’re like me, you have pictures and screenshots of things from years ago still in your photo gallery. What about the 100+ pictures that your kids have taken of random blurry things?

kids blurry pics

You see that up there? That’s my son’s feet. He decided to go on a picture rampage and take 120 photos in minutes. Yeah…all of that has been deleted! 

I like to use the Amazon Photos app on my phone so that every picture that I take is automatically uploaded to the Amazon cloud which allows me to delete them on my phone to free up space.

Do you have unused apps on your phone? How about contacts you haven’t called or texted in years? Old text messages? What about endless notes on your note app? Delete and free up that space!
 

Email

When was the last time that you went through your email inbox and deleted emails after reading them? If you’re like me, you most likely have 500+ emails in your inbox with at least 1/3 of them unread. Go through your emails and delete the ones that you do not need. 

I’m working hard on this one y’all. Steven is so good at this, his email inbox is so tidy. I’m always so impressed! I should take notes from him.

Social Media

Social media can be so overwhelming and is often not the healthiest way to spend your time. Cut back on the amount of social media apps on your phone. If you spend too much time on social media, start limiting the amount of time you spend there on a daily basis.

I spend a lot of time on Facebook, not necessarily to be social but to network and promote business. I am, however, in a lot of groups so I took some time over about a week and left a ton of groups that didn’t fit my needs anymore.

Toys

Ahh…toys, toys, toys. They are often the bain of my existence. We try to keep them organized and we teach the children how to clean them up and put them where they belong. But none of that ever lasts. Ever! So, that tells me we have too much and it’s time to burn them…I mean donate or sell them!

Getting the kids involved in the decluttering spree teaches them a great life skill!

donating toys
 
donate toys
These are just two pictures of the toy room decluttering spree. Would you believe me if I told you we have more to declutter? I’ve got more work to do!
 

Bills, Coupons, and Papers

It’s natural to keep bills, receipts, and other papers around. But, do you need to keep all those from years ago? Try going through your most important papers and shred them.

What about coupons? I used to have a coupon box and eventually got rid of it because we hardly ever used them so it was pointless to keep it around. If you’re not going to use them right away, toss them.

 

Electronics 

Chances are you have probably held on to old cameras, old phones, iPads, chargers, HDMI cords, etc thinking you’d keep them because you might use them again. If you haven’t used them in over a year, it’s time to toss it. 

Other Items

Of course, there are things like clothing, shoes, kitchenware, etc. Take a day on each of those items and sort through what you’re going to keep or donate. 

I’ve Decluttered. Now What?

Decluttering your house is an opportunity to help others. I like to donate to my church, Goodwill, or Salvation Army. On big-ticket items in mint condition, I will either consign them or sell them at a cheap price on Facebook Marketplace. 

Overwhelmed? Here’s a freebie to help! Download our free Spring Cleaning Checklist and Schedule! Even if it’s not Spring, you can declutter any time of the year! Remember what I said about making it a lifestyle habit? 

 

Whew…that’s a lot to chew! Decluttering feels like it can be a daunting task before you get started. But once you do, you’ll slowly start to see your hard work pay off. Decluttering not only keeps our house clean, but it often takes a big mental load off your shoulders. I know it has for me!

decluttering your home and homeschool
 
What room are you going to start in? Let me know in the comments!
 

Giveaway Time!

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5 thoughts on “Decluttering Your Home And Homeschool”

  1. Loved this article! I carted off several van loads of stuff and have lots away this summer! I still have so much work to do but another thing that greatly helped me was not going to yard sales and thrift stores. 😊

  2. A mom mentor taught me the “1/4 Rule” for toys or books: after purging all broken/incomplete toys/books, split the toy/book collection in 1/2. Keep one half and donate the other. Take the “keep” 1/2, split THAT into 1/2. Keep one portion (ie, a 1/4 of the original post-purge amount) out and put the other portion into a “library” for rotation to help alleviate boredom (and overwhelm – which kids can experience, too, from overabundance of stimuli).

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