As a homeschooling mother of 5 children, I am a collector of the “stuff”. You know, flashcards, workbooks, books, craft kits, books, notepads, books (did I mention books?). Alot of this stemmed from my planning too much back when I first started…too many good ideas for the time I had. Since I started homeschooling six years ago, I have learned a few tricks to help keep my “stuff” for my homeschool at bay…
- Prioritize time and materials for core subjects first, extras second. Your “stuff” for core materials should be more than your materials for extras. i.e. you should have more level 1 reading books for your kindergartener/1st grader than you do craft activities in your homeschool closet.
- Use up books in their entirety before buying another book that works on the same thing.
- Keep a recycle bin or bag by your homeschool desk/area. If a worksheet is done but not being kept for an end of the year portfolio or project then release it to the recycle bin. Yes, it is your child’s good work but it is okay to not keep every single paper they complete. I promise.