Baby Step 6

Dear Mama, If you're feeling overwhelmed about starting the homeschooling year, come join us on our baby steps path to a peaceful home and rhythm.  Start at baby step 1!  Love, Kelly Today I want you to set a timer for 15 minutes and declutter one shelf or cupboard that you’ll use to store your homeschool supplies.

If your house is an overwhelming mess it might be tempting to put this assignment off until you can tackle all of it all at once. But I really suggest just putting in those 15 minutes! You’ll accomplish more than you think and it will give you energy to tackle another bit of decluttering tomorrow.

Think about where you want to store your homeschooling supplies and where you want to have your home base for lessons.

Tackle that area with gusto for 15 minutes to clear space.

If you realize (like me!) that more decluttering would make a world of difference to your homeschool year, make a plan to do just 15 more minutes every day. Decide when it will happen and set an alarm reminder or write down your plan on your calendar!

That’s it! If you want to celebrate and find motivation with other awesome mamas, head over to this post on facebook and let us know when you have that shelf cleared out and ready for your homeschool supplies!

P.S. Many people wonder what kind of a space you need for homeschooling. In my home, the kitchen table has always been perfect for anything like drawing, writing, painting, or crafting. I keep our most frequently used art supplies and what we need for our current week’s lessons (main lesson books, crayons, my plans, candle, our read-aloud, and so on) near the kitchen table. I keep all the watercolor painting supplies in a large under-the-bed type tupperware bin with a lid to bring out on painting day (the bin doubles as the paper soaking tray). Our living room rug has always been our circle area so I keep silks and beanbags nearby (we had already moved the coffee table out of the middle of the living room years ago after a sad toddler collision). We also put a quilt down and do our beeswax on the rug. Actually our painting boards double as a portable drawing surface so we’ve been known to do every subject on the rug.