Archive for the Organization Category

Laundry Tips

Laundry Tips for Homeschooling Families Are you feeling overwhelmed by the ever-growing Mount Laundry? We asked our community of Idaho homeschooling moms how they conquer the laundry in their homes. In a collection as diverse as each family, here are some of their best tips:   Enlist the Troops   We converted the upstairs linen closet into a laundry closet. The shelves were re-built to hold laundry baskets, and each basket held a designated type of laundry (whites, gentle wash, jeans, etc.).

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Priorities and Progress

  Priorities and Progress by Audra Talley   Lists: those dreaded things that both help and hinder. We all have them, use them, and loathe that our lives are so full that we require them at all. On paper or in our heads, these are the lists of the mundane, the sanity savers. Then there is The Priority List. This is the big one, the one of life-altering things to change and do; those things that have the deepest impact

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Homeschooling on the Run

Homeschooling on the Run     by Heidi Forney When your child has special needs there are extra “gifts” that come along with your specially-gifted child. Gifts like multiple doctor appointments, occupational, speech or physical therapy, counseling, and meetings with various specialists who can provide other services or equipment for your child’s benefit. Sometimes it might feel like you spend more time out and about or in the car than you do at home! That’s when the beauty and flexibility

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When in Doubt, Minimize!

When in Doubt, Minimize!     by Mary Colwell   When I was a child my grandfather used to say, “When in doubt, throw it out!”   My Grandfather liked an orderly workplace, and he didn’t like things that weren’t useful. I didn’t really understand the importance of this until I reached adulthood. Now that I’m older, his mantra has become one of my favorite sayings too.   You see, we live in a consumer world, and this world is constantly

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A Sanity-Saving Christmas Tradition

A Sanity-Saving Christmas Tradition       by Mary Colwell   I love Christmas! It is my favorite holiday, and I adore everything about it!   Well, almost everything…   There is one thing about this season that doesn’t excite me; that is the challenge of putting everything away after Christmas. We do try to keep gift-giving to mostly practical things, but inevitably our kids get a few new toys, and then the question arises: where do we put them!?!

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My Ten Minute Tidy Routine

My 10-Minute Tidy Routine by Mary Colwell     We all need routines (at least I hope y’all do, ’cause if you don’t, that means I’m just special that way!). I have several of them myself, but my favorite is what I call The Ten Minute Tidy. It works like this: every night before I go to bed, I walk through my home and pick up everything that is left out. Usually this does not include toys, as my children

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Corral Clutter in a Shoe Bag

Corral Homeschool Clutter in a Shoe Bag by Copper Webb   Our homeschool has young students, and we do a lot of hands-on activities throughout the day. Unfortunately, hands-on activities require things for students to put in their hands. Art supplies, math manipulatives, game pieces, craft materials, writing utensils, the list goes on and on. Who knew that homeschooling required so much stuff?   I often grew frustrated at the amount of stuff strewn around our homeschool room. I like things to be

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Practical Ideas for Getting More Organized

I Know It’s Here… Somewhere…. Practical Ideas for Getting More Organized by Vicki Bentley   Although homeschool parents have tasks common to most moms and dads, we also have challenges unique to the 24/7 proximity of our families, the amount of time we may spend in the car (van?) on field trips, and the often-overwhelming amount of paperwork and other “stuff” generated by a houseful of children. Here are a few ideas that homeschooling parents may find helpful:   Set up a

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How to Get Dinner on the Table the Same Day You Homeschool

How to Get Dinner on the Table the SAME DAY You Homeschool   By Vicki Bentley   A recent survey of National Merit scholars of the past 20 years revealed that one common denominator, without exception, was that they came from households who made family dinnertime (as in, all at the table at the same time!) a priority, even if just a three nights a week. “But,” you think, “our family is pulled in so many directions—how can we all

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