How to Be an Organized Homeschooling Parent

 

Sometimes in our homeschooling I’ve felt like a disorganized mess, especially when I had babies/toddlers. However, I’ve learned through trial and error some systems that work for us. There are ways to be a very organized homeschooling parent, it’s just a matter of being intentional about it one simple step at a time. In my efforts to be more organized this year, check out my tips for how to be an organized homeschooling parent.

7 ways you can be a more organize homeschooling parent. hsbapost.com

How to Be an Organized Homeschooling Parent

Get a Calendar

Whether you’re using a paper calendar or the one on your phone, it’s extremely important to use a calendar or planner whenever you’re homeschooling. You can use the calendar to write down when things like CO-OP will happen or even when you have a homeschooling field trip. With how busy everyday homeschooling life can be, it’s also important to know what’s going on each and every day. This Homeschool Mom’s Life Binder is ideal because it has a page for everything and you can print just what you need.
HomeschoolMomLifeBinder

Set a Timer

What does a timer have to do with organization? Well, sometimes when you get going on a lesson or something else, you can forget to move onto the next task. A timer can help you stay on track throughout your day, so you don’t lose track of what you’re supposed to be doing, which can lead to disorganization.

Have a “Space” for Homeschooling

Even if you homeschool at the kitchen table, it’s important to be organized. I have some friends who use a closet to keep their homeschooling stuff organized and others have a whole room. If you do use the kitchen table, set up a few crates for homeschooling items, so you can stay super organized. I always say that you do not need a lot of space to stay organized, it just has to happen.

Create a “To Go” Bag

Another way we get disorganized in our daily homeschool life is by just grabbing stuff and putting it in the car. I’ve implemented a to go bag that helps us stay organized. Everything that needs “to go” with us goes in this bag. It cuts down on clutter in our vehicle and just helps us all be a little more prepared when on the go.

Do Things Electronically

Although this isn’t possible for everyone, I love the idea of it. A lot of school work can be done online and even saved online. In my opinion, it’s a lot easier to organize things electronically than they are paper wise. Homeschool Planet is a good option that I’ve tried. It has a 30-day free trial.

Get a File System Going

One of the best ways to stay organized is to use files. Although it’s not always fun to use files, it can be a lifesaver when it comes to getting organized as a homeschooling parent. Keep it simple. You can have a “done” folder, for schoolwork that is complete and you can have a “to be graded” folder that helps you keep track of what needs graded or reviewed. I like this one for its versatility, plus it’s a space saver.


De-Clutter

And one last thought, get rid of the clutter! It’s so hard to be an organized homeschooling parent when you have paperwork up to your ears. I promise if you ditch some of the clutter, it’s much easier to stay organized, no matter what you are up to.

What are your best tips for staying organized?

Sara

The Organized Homeschool Life

 

Linking up with my friends in the Homeschool Blogging Network:

Weekly Meal Planning Printables – Living Life and Learning

One Simple Tip for Organizing Homeschool Supplies– Schooling a Monkey

5 Tips for DIY Homeschool Organization – Jenn Gerlach Simple At Home

Organizing Small Items in Your Homeschool- A Sip of Southern Sunshine

Books, Books and More Books – Keeping Them Organized – Chestnut Grove Academy

 

 

Sara (302 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Comments

  1. says

    Great ideas here. One thing we do to stay more organized is to share supplies. Why does each kid need their own crayons? Yeah it seems nice but is just more to clean up and store. We put one box of crayons on the table and the kids sit next to each other while working on their coloring. Same goes for pencil boxes,etc. We have one central place for supplies that we all share. Hope that helps.

    • says

      Yes, that’s a great idea! We also have one plastic shoebox type storage for crayons and pencils that my daughters share. It does cut down on the mess and need for more storage space. :)

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