Homeschool Mother’s Journal: January 31st

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Welcome to the January 31st edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week.

HomeschoolMothersJournalNGHSWhat is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschooling moms to share our hearts as we journey together.  NextGen Homeschool is joining the following blogs to co-host the Homeschool Mother’s Journal Link-up: So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler?Contented at HomeThe Heart of Michelle, Abundant Life and Vibrant Homeschooling.

We are so thankful for each one of you stopping by! If you haven’t already, we’d love for you to like us on our Facebook page as we grow our community over there. We’d love to connect with you there as we will soon begin to share many of the wonderful posts linked up each week.

FEATURED POSTS

This week we want to highlight the following posts from last week’s link-up:

I encourage you to take the time to check out these inspiring posts!


Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Perfect House

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If you are expecting to have the same clean, picture-perfect house you had (or imagined you would have) when your kids left the house for six hours a day to attend school, you may be striving for the unattainable as a homeschooler. The reality is that you and your children are now at home most of the day eating, working, playing, eating again, conducting experiments, making crafts, taking things out, then working, playing and eating some more, with very little time left for housekeeping duties.

However, keeping your home picked up, basically organized and hygienically clean is a more realistic goal when you’re homeschooling — especially when your children are younger and still learning to help out with some household chores.

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Before I became a mom — and at homeschooling mom at that — my forte was creating merchandising plans for a large international retailer. Basically, my job was telling the stores where to put stuff and make it all look pretty. I haven’t lost that love, so if you came to my house, you might see shadows of what my vision was under the piles of books and dish-filled sink. Now I am challenged with a small space (two bedrooms, one bath) and a lot going on in that space every day as I homeschool my young son and daughter with a new baby in the house.

I’m a list maker, and I’ve made and tried to follow a dozen routines. But just like with homeschooling, housework falls into the moment-by-moment category, asking for God’s help to decide what are the more important tasks to accomplish for the day, versus just being driven by the urgent.

A few tips that have helped me feel like I’m moving forward in homemaking are:

  • Less toys — less things in general. Keep only the most precious or educational ones. If it’s not used weekly, store it.
  • Find a place for everything. If it doesn’t have one, give it away or sell it.
  • Use time-saving cleaning supplies such as disinfectant wipes for the bathroom and a Swiffer mop, Swiffer toilet bowl scrubber and Swiffer duster. Yes, making your own cleaners is a beautiful idea, and one day may come to fruition once you have your routine down or the kids move out. But in the meantime, saving time can save your sanity.
  • Talk to your husband about what chores he can help with if he’s willing to.
  • Baskets, baskets, baskets. I think you can never have enough. IKEA is my best friend — I even spend my birthday money there.
  • Consolidate all those piles into one place, that way when you are looking for something before you’ve had time to file it in the RIGHT place, you only have to look in one location — not all over the house.
  • Think small. When you are in a room, try and take at least one, if not more, items with you to drop off in the next room where it belongs. Or clear off one counter-top space of clutter in the 10 minutes you have. Try doing a little in little increments every day, instead of taking on a lot with the non-existent time you will never have while homeschooling.

How do you keep your house reasonably clean and organized while homeschooling? Have you developed any helpful or time-saving systems that really work in your home? What challenges are you still trying to solve in this area? Join us this month at NextGen Homeschool as we discuss Ten Things to Let Go of This Year, and join the conversation!

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Scope & Sequence

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-ScopeSequence

I have written before about my love for lists and all things organizational, and with that came a love of scope and sequences. I love being able to check off a skill my child learns — especially when it is earlier than they are “supposed” to know something. However, the flip side of that is the frustration […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: January 24th

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Welcome to the January 24th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschooling moms to share our […]

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Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: “School”

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-TraditionalSchool

You might already be asking yourself: What do you mean let go of school? Isn’t homeschooling all about school at home? Yes and no — and the longer I homeschool, the more I understand the “no” side. Let me explain… When we started homeschooling, I thought I was being pretty out of the box to select a multi-age […]

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Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Writing Plans in Pen

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-PlansInPen

I am a planner. I love homeschool planners, lists, outlines, organizing things, file folders, three ring binders — the whole nine yards. I would much rather shop at an office supply store than any clothing store. I have been known to spend much of our summer break planning and preparing for the next school year. I take next year’s curriculum […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: January 17th

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HomeschoolMothersJournalNGHS

Today we launch The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is the Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschooling moms to share our hearts as […]

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Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Comparison

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I love going to homeschool conventions. I have written about them here several times. In fact, this year I am helping to plan the OCHEC Tulsa Convention. Last year, though, I discovered something else about myself during my convention experience. You see, I had a pretty rough spring semester and had arrived at convention in a […]

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Coming to NGHS: Homeschool Mother’s Journal

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HomeschoolMothersJournalNGHS

Early in my homeschooling journey, I realized that it was going to be really important to build open & honest community with other homeschooling moms so we could encourage and inspire one another. I happen to live in a town with a large homeschooling community, however it’s often still hard to make real connections with other […]

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Top Homeschool Posts of 2014: The Heart of Homeschooling

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TopPosts2014HeartHomeschool

Welcome to NextGen Homeschool’s Top Homeschool Posts of 2014 Series! This week we’ll be sharing the top homeschooling topics — and most viewed posts — of last year based on the number of reader views and pins at NextGen Homeschool. Pin this page so you can refer back to each topic as needed: It’s a great […]

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Top Homeschool Posts of 2014: Hands-On

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TopPosts2014HandsOn

Welcome to NextGen Homeschool’s Top Homeschool Posts of 2014 Series! This week we’ll be sharing the top homeschooling topics — and most viewed posts — of last year based on the number of reader views and pins at NextGen Homeschool. Pin this page so you can refer back to each topic as needed: It’s a great […]

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Top Homeschool Posts of 2014: Curriculum

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TopPosts2014Curriculum

Welcome to NextGen Homeschool’s Top Homeschool Posts of 2014 Series! This week we’ll be sharing the top homeschooling topics — and most viewed posts — of last year based on the number of reader views and pins at NextGen Homeschool. Pin this page so you can refer back to each topic as needed: It’s a great […]

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Top Homeschool Posts of 2014: Homeschool 101

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Homeschooling 101

Welcome to NextGen Homeschool’s Top Homeschool Posts of 2014 Series! This week we’ll be sharing the top homeschooling topics — and most viewed posts — of last year based on the number of reader views and pins at NextGen Homeschool. Pin this page so you can refer back to each topic as needed: It’s a great […]

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What About Choosing a Word for the New Year?

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Should You Choose a Word for the New Year?

I can’t remember the first time I heard about the idea of a “word of the year” to represent my mission for the upcoming new year. But I do remember thinking, “How do all of the goals on my new year resolution’s list boil down to just one word? What’s the point of choosing a word for the new year?” Until the […]

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