For those of you who’ve been following along for the past few months, you know I’ve been working to get more organized. There are several reasons for this, among those my kids are getting older, and while I can fudge my way through kinder and 1st, I don’t think it’s right or fair to my kids to do that at this point.
My boys are halfway through elementary and there’s a few areas they are not as strong as I would like them to be. Mainly in reading and writing, and some of that is my fault, and some of that is their natural bent towards not being organized or sitting still.
So, this coming week, I’m going to be sharing what I’m doing to overcome my messiness and disorganized life. When I was teaching elementary schools, my lesson plans were always nice and neat, but my classroom was not. It was functional, but it had some areas with piles.
Now I’m homeschooling, and have been blessed with a nice big house. But, I haven’t kept it up the way I should, and I’ve rebought things because I couldn’t find them. I’ve paid many library fines because I lost a book. And I’ve not held up what I said I’d do because I didn’t write it down.
My first steps towards this:
All that you see piled here is what we’re selling in our garage sale. The kids are helping me organize this, and we’re going to donate most (the kids are keeping part) of the proceeds to our church’s land campaign (or a local pregnancy center, there has been some debate recently among the kids).
See, I’ve learned you can’t organize clutter. It sits there in boxes and bins, and you don’t use it. So, we’re getting rid of it. Whatever doesn’t sell is going to Salvation Army.
Find a system that works for you (here’s mine so far):
What to do with kid’s books
pantry organization (I’m going to be doing similar for kids toys soon)
For more ideas click on my organization button:
So you can see, I’m slowly working on it, though you can’t tell from my desk, which sadly still looks much like the picture for this series.
Here’s my plan for the “How can I teach when I’m a mess?” series:
Now, go see the other series on “How Do I Teach?” There’s something for everyone there, and I’ve got some great friends writing on different topics.